The Island View
Monthly Newsletter
December 2020
Dear SML Community, 

The snow is falling on the Maine coast and the air is crisp. Winter is here, and another indicator of the season is the emails we’re receiving from inquisitive students. They are excited about a 2021 summer Shoals experience and so are we! We love hearing students share their enthusiasm for science and experiential learning. Among the important takeaways from the last year is the need for more science-literate citizens and scientists. This is not lost on today’s college students – they want to step up to the plate and we are actively preparing to support them.

It is not going to come as a surprise when I admit that this will be the hardest season we have ever planned. How do we live on an isolated island in a pandemic? Will we have a widely available vaccine? How will we handle testing and possible illness? These are not easy questions to answer and flexibility is paramount right now. We have the expertise of UNH and Cornell to lean on – both of whom have had successful fall semesters. We will apply the lessons learned and determine the safest way to operate.

I can say these things for certain: because of the innovation we did last summer, we are flexible, resilient, and have a lot of tools in our toolbox. We will continue offering our students an immersive marine science-based education. We will conduct critical science in the Gulf of Maine. And most importantly, we will make the safety of our students and staff our top priority.

As our shared excitement amplifies, we need your help to progress young scientists' careers, engage their curiosity, and protect the oceans. I hope you will consider an end-of-year gift to support this important work. To all of you who have given, we are extremely grateful for your contributions. In closing, I want to wish you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season.  
With deep appreciation,
Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Exec. Director
Shoals Marine Laboratory
Increasing Awareness: Partnering With New Hampshire Listens
SML is excited to be partnering with New Hampshire Listens, a civic engagement group designed to foster intensive and informed discussions of challenges identified by community members. For the next several months, SML staff members are undergoing diversity and equity training to better understand racism in marine science, academia, and beyond.

As we continue these important conversations and reflect on personal experiences and opportunities for change, we are eager to open the discussion up to our community. Come February, we will be hosting two panels where we will have a chance to share our perspectives and learn together. We will be offering two hour-long sessions, one on February 4th at 7:00 PM ET and the other on February 5th at 12:00 PM ET. Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for further information as the date draws nearer!
SML Research Made It to the Big Screen!
We are beyond thrilled that the Shoals Tern Conservation Program, led by Shoals Marine Laboratory and NH Fish and Game, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning! This work is critical for ensuring the health and longevity of these vulnerable species. As a marine science organization dedicated to education, research, and outreach, we are incredibly grateful that the story of these beautiful seabirds is being heard across the country.
Introducing the "Shoals Sustainer" Program!
Over the years, our community support has been the driving force behind the laughter, learning, and lifelong memories that happen at SML. And Shoalers can now show their support year-round by becoming a monthly Shoals Sustainer through secure online giving! Any amount is a gift that keeps on giving. To increase the impact of contributions, Dr. Michael Coburn (SML ’77 and Chair of the Alumni & Friends Association) has generously committed to donating $50 to the SML Annual Fund for every individual who initiates monthly giving (of any amount) by December 31, 2020.
Why become a monthly "Shoals Sustainer"?

"I have been involved with Shoals Marine Lab in one way or another for the last 44 years. First, as a student at Cornell University, I was an intern on the island – and fell in love with all things related to marine and teaching – which changed the course of my life. Over the subsequent years, I have taught other student interns, developed courses on sustainability, and watched the island work its magic on other students and faculty. This is a historical, unique place, providing innovative programs that offer life-changing experiences – these are the reasons that I give monthly to SML!"

- Dr. Nancy Kinner
Please Note: All monthly gifts help support the SML annual fund. If you have any questions, please contact SML Director of Community Relations, Isabel Aley.
Shoals Marine Laboratory and School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire seek a Program Support Assistant!

We are looking for a new member to join our dynamic and passionate team working in support of two world-class marine science institutions. This position provides program support to both academic and public programs and research activities supported by the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE) and the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML). The successful candidate will have the ability to establish and maintain working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and the general public. This position plays a vital role in supporting the websites, online platforms, and database of both institutions, as well as the administration of student enrollment for SML.

The individual will work both independently and also as a team player within both SMSOE and SML providing program support related to flow of information, document preparation, data collection and maintenance, scheduling, coordinating, and problem-solving according to established guidelines, department priorities, policies, and goals. You would contribute to our success and have an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of the communities we serve. 
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