Participants from our July OOI Data Lab Development Workshop

Our July OOI Data Lab Development Workshop in Pacific Grove, CA included 11 faculty from Hawaii to New York.

OOI Ocean Data Labs Development Workshop

July 22-26, 2019

Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove CA

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

Day 1 – Monday July 22, 2019

Objective: Laying the groundwork for understanding and using OOI data in teaching.

Time Topic, Objectives & Activities
3:00 pm Welcome and Introductions
Meet each other and review the goals of the week.

4:00 pm Check into your rooms.
6:00 pm Dinner – Crocker Dining Hall
7:00 pm The OOI Today: An introduction to its history and the science it supports
Understand the driving forces that created the OOI and how it can enable future scientific research. Understand what the OOI was designed to do and why.

8:30 am The Structure of the OOI & the OOI Website
Learn about the OOI infrastructure and discover where key resources can be found on the OOI website.

9:00 pm Workshop Expectations and Feedback
Review options for Data Lab creation. Reflect on what we learned today.
Road Check #1
9:15 pm Conclude for the Evening

Workshop Participants


  • Jean Anastasia, Suffolk County Community College
  • Dina DiSantis, Montgomery County Community College
  • Eurico D’Sa, Louisiana State University
  • Matthew Iacchei, Hawaii Pacific University
  • Benjamin Jordan, Brigham Young University-Hawaii
  • Robert Levine, University of Washington
  • Erika McPhee-Shaw, Western Washington University
  • Nadia Pierrehumbert, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Randy Reed, Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District
  • Robert Rhew, UC Berkeley
  • Michelle Wood, University of Oregon


  • Christine Bean, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Sage Lichtenwalner (@visualocean), Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, Stockton University
  • Dax Soule (@DaxSoule), Queens College, CUNY