Educational offerings highlight the maritime news for mid-September.

Workshop to link students with maritime and service academies

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will host an informational workshop for prospective students and their parents on gaining admission to federal service academies, public maritime academies, or private military colleges.

The workshop, offered free of charge and open to the public, will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St. in Portland.

According to MMA Director of Admissions Jeffrey Wright, the workshop is designed to encourage personal consultation with representatives of various post-secondary institutions that offer structured leadership environments or opportunities for U.S. military service. High school students who are interested in disciplined training environments or unique opportunities for personal growth are encouraged to attend.

For further information or to make a reservation, call 800-227-8465 or contact Walk-ins are welcome.

Maritime lectures offered in Castine

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy’s Corning School of Ocean Studies will sponsor a Fall 2011 Seminar Series. The Monday lectures will be held at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Lecture Room, located in Leavitt Hall on the college’s main campus. Lectures are free and open to the public.

  • Sept. 19 — Finding Whales in a Changing Ocean, with Andrew Pershing of the University of Maine and Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Oct 3 — Big Things come in Small Packages: Lesson Learned from Corals in a Period of Rapid Climate Change, with Jodi Schwartz of Vassar College
  • Oct. 17 — The Regulation of Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate Symbioses: In Sickness and In Health, with Virginia Weiss of Oregon State University
  • Nov. 7 — Unassuming Engineers: the Effects of Injury and Nutrition on Sediment Disturbance by a Marine Polychaete, Clymenella Torquata, with Beth Campbell of the University of Maine
  • Nov. 28 — Microbes in Coastal Systems: Why We Should Care About Those Always Overlooked, Often Misunderstood, Frequently Maligned, Yet Utterly Indispensable Members of Our Aquatic Habitats, with Jennifer Bowen of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Department of Transportation honors merchant mariners

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The heroism of merchant mariners who helped with the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is featured in a new video released Sept. 7 by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. “Rescue at Water’s Edge” includes interviews with vessel operators, emergency responders and passengers.

More than 300,000 people were evacuated by water from lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks in the largest unplanned water evacuation in the history of the United States.

The Maritime Administration operates the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., which provides advanced education and training for professionals from the maritime community, private sector, government and military.

For additional information about the Maritime Administration including the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, visit the website at

To watch “Rescue at Water’s Edge: The U.S. Merchant Marine Response to 9/11” visit the website at

Spectrum Generations highlights Bigelow Laboratory

DAMARISCOTTA — Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center at 521 Main St. in Damariscotta will host its weekly Lunch and Learn Program on Wednesday, Sept. 14, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Following the luncheon Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Executive Director Graham Shimmield will offer insights into the operation and growth of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor.

Bigelow’s scientific team seeks to understand key processes driving global ocean ecosystems, their evolution, and their fundamental relationship to life on Earth. The laboratory’s research ranges from microbial oceanography — examining biological productivity and phytoplankton community dynamics in the world’s oceans at the molecular level — to the large-scale biogeochemical processes that drive interactions between ocean ecosystems and global environmental conditions.

Advanced reservations are required. Call 563-1363 by noon on Monday, Sept. 12 to make a reservation and entree selection. The suggested donation is $6, or $4 per person for those who are disabled or over 60.

Spying on Atlantic salmon

PORTLAND — Fred Whoriskey, executive director of the Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University, will discuss sonic and satellite telemetry used to track the movements of salmon at sea and estimate survival along their migration routes.

The upcoming Sea State Lecture will take place Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute at 350 Commercial St. in Portland.

Interested parties should contact Patty Collins at or call 228-1625. Sea State Lectures are free and parking is provided in GMRI’s adjacent lot.

According to the website, “Scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle — to cut a hole in — and butt — a large cask. Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. Eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor.”

Send scuttlebutt to Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello at or call 207-236-8511.