April 14, 2021 at 7 PM (Zoom)
Woodwell Climate Research Center director Philip Duffy
and chief communications officer, Heather Goldstone
Dr. Phil Duffy
Woodwell Climate Research Center was founded in 1985 as the Woods Hole Research Center, and adopted its current name in 2020 “to recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and the importance of the founding principles that continue to guide the center’s work.” From playing a leading role in the launch of the United Nations climate change negotiation process to shaping the first corporate guidelines on climate risk disclosure, the center has impacted societal decision-making. The approach has evolved and expanded from a focus on international policy to encompass work with municipalities, Indigenous communities, faith leaders, and private sector partners.
“Marine Biological Laboratory’s 133 Years of Scientific Discovery” was the topic of the Woods Hole Historical Museum’s virtual conversation by MBL Director Nipam Patel on March 10 at 7 PM.
A video of the Conversation is here:
Dr. Patel shared the history of the MBL, an international center for research and education in biological and environmental science that was founded in 1888 and was the second scientific institution established in Woods Hole. The laboratory is now affiliated with the University of Chicago.
In addition to the lab’s history, Dr. Patel discussed how the MBL is working to expand the resident and the visiting scientist research programs, creating new educational offerings, including opportunities for undergraduates and high school students as well as other goals focusing on advancements in two major strategic research areas—imaging and new research organisms.
Dr. Patel was appointed MBL director in 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was Professor and Co-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His scientific expertise encompasses the development of novel, genetic model organisms for biological study, which can reveal much about human biology; and the application of advanced imaging technologies to probe the fundamental dynamics of living systems. A longtime member of the MBL community, Dr. Patel has taught in the MBL Embryology course for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Edith Copenhaver, live in Woods Hole.
Woods Hole Historical Museum will host Judy Laster, founder and director of the Woods Hole Film Festival, on January 13 at 7 PM for a museum virtual conversation about 30 years of the Woods Hole Film Festival. She will give a historical overview of the festival and discuss how it has grown and adapted over the past three decades. We will also get a glimpse of what the future holds for not only this festival, but the world of independent film and film festivals in a fast-paced, ever-changing landscape.
This event has passed.
Watch the Conversation here:
Steven Peters is the creative director and co-owner of SmokeSygnals with his mother Paula Peters. SmokeSygnals focuses much of its work on historical museum exhibits and cultural art installations. It’s the largest native-owned creative agency on the East Coast. Steven is responsible for the development of historical exhibits, content and interactive attractions that challenge historical myths. His work can be seen on Newbury Street in Boston, the Box Museum in Plymouth England, the Museum De Lakenhal in Lieden, and the Pilgrim Hall Museum and Provincetown Museum in Massachusetts.
In addition, Steve provided the creative direction for the traveling exhibit “Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History, an exhibit that has been featured in Time Magazine, New York Times, BBC Radio and many other national and international publications for its ability to correct historical inaccuracies.
The Museum hosted a virtual conversation, “Pandemics: Living Forward by Understanding Backward,” on August 19 at 7 PM. You can view the recorded talk below:
In this lecture, infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Donald Burke of Woods Hole and Pittsburgh provided a historical overview of the emergence, spread, extinction, and re-emergence of virus disease epidemics: their origins from animal species, transmission in human populations, and post-epidemic outcomes. Starting with details of the 1918 influenza epidemic in Falmouth, he reconstructed the history of this past epidemic.
The lecture title is from a quote by Soren Kierkegaard.
Dr. Burke received his medical training at Harvard, then served 23 years on active duty at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he led US military research on virus diseases. In 1997 he transitioned to academia to become a professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Immunization Research. In 2006 he became Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, stepping down a year ago.
Throughout his career, Dr. Burke has led research on prevention and control of epidemic infectious diseases of global importance. A world renowned expert on virus epidemiology, he has authored more than 300 scientific publications and has served in senior advisory positions to the CDC, NIH, and WHO. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and recipient of the John Snow Award of the American Public Health Association. Drawing on his deep knowledge of viral epidemiology, Dr. Burke first predicted the threat posed by coronaviruses in 1997, five years before the SARS epidemic.
Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation
by Miguel Moniz
February 6, 2020, 12:30 PM
Woods Hole Public Library (lower level)
Free and open to the public (but donations accepted)
This talk will explore histories of conflict and cooperation in Falmouth after the arrival of 2,000 migrants mostly from the Azores and Cabo Verde in the early 1900s.
Research from three historical events in Falmouth history will be presented:
Early 1900s debates in the town about Portuguese racial identities (including calls for migrants from Portugal to be placed in segregated schools.)
The work of migrants from Portugal in Falmouth over the first half of the century as agricultural field workers, in domestic service, care-taking and other manual labor, in light of patronage, economic cooperation and definitions of Portuguese racial identities; and how this shaped their social mobilities over the next 50 years.
Efforts in the 1950s to feature the Portuguese migrant community as part of a marketing campaign for tourism in Falmouth (which gave birth to the “Strawberry Festival”).
In the talk, Dr. Moniz will discuss if Falmouth, after a century of having worked out difference and belonging through overlapping cooperation in internationally oriented community organizations and institutions among generations of migrant and non-migrant residents, has made the town a more cosmopolitan, “creole” and cooperative place? As a result, does this help the community today to reach across conflicts of class, economic disparity, social identity and lack of legal rights to forge convivial local relations?
Anthropologist Miguel Moniz, FLAD/Brown Visiting Professor, Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University and the Center for Research in Anthropology, ISCTE/IUL. A resident of Lisbon, Dr. Moniz grew up in Falmouth but has lived in Portugal (and been back and forth to New England) since the late 1980s.
Terry Soares, co-owner of Soares Flower Garden Nursery, will discuss gardening practices of the past and how more environmentally friendly landscaping trends are impacting how we approach gardening. There will also be a brief discussion on the landscape at the newly renovated Church of the Messiah Parish Community Center in Woods Hole, all done with an eye on aesthetics and sustainable landscape practices.
Memories will be shared by Peter Bumpus, Tom Renshaw and Chip Shultz, who worked with Dan over the years. His major projects included building docks, repairing cables that supplied power to Martha’s Vineyard, dredging channels, and in 1965, constructing the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s R/V Lulu that served as the support vessel for the submersible Alvin.
Dan Clark, who was born in 1919 and died in 1999, also served as second mate on the WHOI research vessel Atlantis in the mid 1940s. According to the book, “Atlantis Stories,” published by the Woods Hole Historical Collection, “he quickly commanded respect as a gentleman and admiration as a skilled seaman…A mentor to many young men in town, he was a legend in his own time.”
At the Conversation, members of the audience are encouraged to share their stories and memories of Mr. Clark. The talk is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 26, 1:30 PM Woods Hole Public Library
Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, will give a talk on the value of old and rare books on March 26, at Woods Hole Public Library (581 Woods Hole Road). The event is co-sponsored by the Library and the Woods Hole Historical Museum.
Ken Gloss (left)
Mr. Gloss, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his bookshop, which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.
He will also show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There will be also a question-and-answer session before the conclusion of his talk.
Following the talk and question-and-answer session, Mr. Gloss will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them.
Tuesday, April 30, at 12:30pm Woods Hole Public Library Tour of Yale Workshop immediately following
The Yale Workshop
Dr. Leroy Milton Yale Jr. (1841-1906) was born on Martha’s Vineyard and lived in New York City, but his summer home was in Quissett, where he created his fascinating workshop. This workshop now sits on the grounds of the Woods Hole Historical Museum. It was the place where he pursued his many hobbies, including photography, etching, woodworking, fly-tying, and writing. As part of Art Week, Woods Hole Historical Museum volunteer Laura Reckford will take us on a virtual and then a literal tour of the Workshop, pointing out some of the treasures from the Museum’s permanent collection and giving insight into one summer resident’s life in Quissett more than 100 years ago.