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News Bureau
22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642
Maryann Scholl, (401) 874-6211

URI Bay Campus to Host
JASON Project 2003: From Shore to Sea

Live broadcasts from the Channel Islands to the URI Bay Campus will take
place from January 27-February 7.

Narragansett, RI -- January 10, 2003 -- JASON XIV: From Shore to Sea will engage students and teachers in an exciting journey to explore the unique Channel Islands region of California. This area includes the Channel Islands National Park, the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the densely populated California coastline, and will serve as a "laboratory" for studying nature's dynamic systems.

As Dr. Robert Ballard and his team of scientists and Teacher and Student Argonauts explore the unique physical geography of this region, every student in Rhode Island will have the opportunity to view the expedition either live at the URI Bay Campus or over Cox cable channel 3.

The JASON Project broadcasts will take place from January 27-February 7. The general public, scout troops and others are invited to view the live, interactive JASON broadcasts at the Coastal Institute Visitor Center Auditorium each Monday through Friday, January 27-31 and February 3-7, at 2:15 and 3:45 p.m. On Saturday, February 1, live broadcasts are at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:45, 2:15, and 3:45 p.m. The 9:45, 11:15 and 12:45 shows during the week are reserved for school groups. Tickets are just $1 per person. Preregistration is required and will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The live broadcasts of the JASON Project expedition will be carried on Cox Cable Channel 3 Monday through Friday of both weeks from 12-1 p.m. daily.

"There are two reasons this year's JASON XIV, From Shore to Sea, will be a very special expedition for Rhode Island," said RI JASON Project Coordinator MaryAnn Scholl. "First, in the last fourteen years of the project there has not been a teacher from Rhode Island selected to participate. This year John Langella, a science teacher at East Providence High School, was chosen from hundreds of applicants worldwide. For the last 25 years, John has used his many skills and talents to educate. From scuba diving with students in the Florida Keys to teaching students underwater technology in the East Providence HS pool, John has been recognized for his innovative teaching.

"Secondly," added Scholl, "our Student Argonaut, Rai Doblmeier, a freshman at Toll Gate High School, is hearing impaired and is the first deaf student to be chosen by the JASON Foundation to be a Student Argonaut. Rai previously had attended RI School for the Deaf and has been videoconferencing about JASON XIV activities with deaf schools in Washington, DC. We are very proud that Rhode Island has two ‘firsts.’"

JASON XIV, led by JASON Project founder and URI Graduate School of Oceanography faculty member Dr. Robert Ballard, will travel to the Channel Islands to look at the unique physical geography of this region by examining climatology, oceanography and island ecology. He and the JASON team will then jump back in time and look at the geologic history of the region and how that has, in turn, shaped the unique biology of the islands. By studying this region, scientists can take what they’ve learned and apply it to areas all over the world. More information about the 2003 JASON Project can be found at www.jasonproject.org.

The Rhode Island JASON Project is coordinated by the URI Office of Marine Programs. Sponsors for the JASON Project in Rhode Island include the State of Rhode Island, the University of Rhode Island’s Office of Marine Programs and Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education, the Rhode Island Department of Education, OSHEAN, RINET, Cox Communications, the Providence Journal, NBC10—WJAR, and the JASON Foundation for Education.

For information or to register a class or group, or purchase individual tickets, call the URI Office of Marine Programs at 401-874-6211.

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