by Julie Stewart, MARINE curriculum intern
I never thought that I could talk about Humboldt squid for seven and a half hours nearly non-stop. Or that I could do it for two days in a row. But it turns out that I can – this is how I spent October 23rd and 24th in Washington, DC at the first annual USA Science and Engineering Festival.
My Ph.D. advisor Dr. William Gilly and I went to the festival to represent Hopkins Marine Station and Stanford University through our outreach program called Squids-4-Kids. (Read more in the Stanford Daily) This is a program we formed along with our colleagues at NOAA Fisheries in Santa Cruz to send Humboldt squid to classrooms all over the nation. We also go to local classrooms and conduct dissections, which is a really fun way to interact with kids and get them interested in marine biology. We were joined in DC by Ken Baltz (one of our colleagues at NOAA) and Katharine Dickson (a undergraduate cephalopod enthusiast!). Throughout the course of the two-day festival we dissected seven Humboldt squid on the National Mall, about half way between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. (Read more....)