Attendees at our 2019 workshop in Bellingham, WA.

In August 2019, 15 faculty attended our Data Labs workshop in Bellingham, WA, hosted by Western Washington University.

OOI Ocean Data Labs Development Workshop

August 18-23, 2019

Western Washington University, Bellingham WA

At this workshop, professors from around the country will come together to learn about and engage in efforts to bring Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) data into their undergraduate teaching. This workshop is part of our full series of Data Labs Workshop.

Key Objectives of the Data Lab Workshop

Participants will:

  1. Learn about the OOI program and key science questions it addresses.
  2. Access existing tools and resources designed to integrate OOI data into teaching.
  3. Be introduced to Python as a tool for working with and engaging students in OOI data.
  4. Learn how to effectively incorporate OOI data labs into undergraduate teaching.
  5. Create a customized new resource to bring OOI data into your classes.
  6. Have an opportunity to network with other professors interested in using oceanographic data. in undergraduate teaching.

Workshop Overview

  • Day 1: Laying the groundwork for understanding and using OOI data in teaching; explore existing OOI data labs
  • Day 2: Exploring Python and building data skills; Generating ideas for how you will bring OOI data into your undergraduate course
  • Day 3: Creating a plan:  What OOI customized resource will I create?
  • Day 4: Develop and refine your OOI customized resource
  • Day 5: Reflection and presentations: Looking forward; Planning for future applications of OOI in my teaching

Agenda and Resources

Initial Participant Agenda (pdf) – This will likely change as we adapt the schedule during the workshop.

Welcome – Sunday August 18, 2019

Time Topic, Objectives & Activities
4:00 pm-6:00 pm Check-in at Fairhaven Dorms, Building 12
6:00 pm Dinner at Boundary Bay Brewery
We will be carpooling from Fairhaven. Daily commuters, we hope you will join us!

The rest of the agenda will be updated during the workshop.

Workshop Participants


  • Rachel Eveleth (@revelethBGC), Oberlin College
  • Sarah Gerken, University of Alaska
  • Miguel Goni, Oregon State University
  • Natasha Gownaris (@TashaGownaris), Gettysburg College
  • Cheryl Greengrove, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Ajoy Kumar, Millersville University
  • Karin Lemkau, Western Washington University
  • Ian Miller, Peninsula College
  • Mikelle Nuwer, University of Washington
  • Todd Radenbaugh, University of Alaska Fairbanks – Bristol Bay
  • Karen Rudio, Community College of Rhode Island
  • David Shull, Western Washington University
  • Sara Smith, Bellingham Technical College
  • Elizabeth Suter (@LizzSuter), Molloy College
  • Michael Vendrasco, Pasadena City College


  • Sage Lichtenwalner (@visualocean), Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Brooke Love (@OceanChemLab), Western Washington University
  • Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Dax Soule (@DaxSoule), Queens College, CUNY