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JASON Live delivers interactive events produced by The JASON Project, Immersion Learning and Nautilus Live. Join world-famous scientists and explorers on their expeditions of discovery!

The nonprofit JASON Project connects students with scientists and researchers in real- and near-real time, virtually and physically, to provide a mentored, authentic and enriching science learning experience.

Immersion Learning is a nonprofit science education organization that brings ocean adventures and discoveries from Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, the University of Rhode Island and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to kids in classrooms, after-school settings and informal learning arenas.

Nautilus Live presents live video and other data 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the ship "E/V Nautilus", which is on expedition in the Black Sea and Aegean Sea starting in June of 2010. Nautilus expedition scientists will map the sea floor, study underwater volcanoes, investigate unusual life forms, explore shipwrecks, and more.br>
Schedule of Events
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Upcoming Events
Meet a NASA Engineer - Tracy Drain
Event date: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - Showtimes at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm ET

Tracy Drain is a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Her projects are out of this world -- literally! Tracy has helped design, test, and analyze spacecraft that are orbiting Mars and are on their way to Jupiter. She hopes to someday contribute to a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.


Nautilus and Okeanos Nautilus and Okeanos Expeditions
Spring/Summer 2012

Experience the excitement of exploration and discovery as it happens by tuning in to our live, around-the-clock coverage of the deep sea adventures of the E/V Nautilus and NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer.

South African Penguins Rescuing South African Penguins
Event date: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - Showtimes to be announced

Live from Cape Town, South Africa, JASON will give you a first-hand look at efforts to preserve and protect endangered African penguins along the coast. Experts from the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and Sea Research Foundation will demonstrate how they rescue, rehabilitate, and release abandoned penguin chicks back into the wild.

Diane Stanitski and John Adler

Meet a Climatologist - Diane Stanitski and CDR John Adler
Event date: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - Showtimes at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm ET

Researching the complex interactions between the ocean and Earth's climate, JASON host researcher Diane Stanitski works with sensing buoys around the world to develop a better understanding of where our climate is heading. Her husband, NOAA Corps Commander John Adler, is a NOAA pilot and develops autonomous vehicles both for ocean and atmospheric research. During this event, they will discuss how the oceans and climate affect one another.

Note: Live event dates and times are subject to change.
Past Events
Wonder Women of STEM!
Event date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - Showtimes at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm ET

Christianne Corbett
Christi earned a degree in engineering and became an aerospace engineer. Her passion to help more girls and women enter into engineering led to her accepting her current position as Senior Researcher at AAUW, where she co-authored the highly acclaimed research report "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math." She will share her personal experiences as an engineer, and her research findings which are critical for anyone currently in, or considering, a career in engineering.

Lisa Lord
Lisa, a Cyber Information Assurance Analyst with Northrop Grumman, helps protect our nation's top secret information. Cyber Security is one of the fastest growing technical careers available today. Learn how Llisa's unexpected educational and professional path has made her a highly valued expert in this exciting industry.


Bob Ballard Live from the E/V Nautilus - Dr. Robert Ballard
Event date: October 28, 2011 - Showtimes at 1:30pm and 6:30pm ET

Tune in to Nautilus Live programming as Dr. Ballard joins us from off the coast of Italy. He will take your questions live in these 20-minute webcasts.

Argonauts Live from the E/V Nautilus - JASON Argonauts
Event dates: Tues, September 13, 2011 and Mon, October 24, 2011

Tune in to Nautilus Live programming as the JASON Argonauts answer your questions about living and exploring aboard the E/V Nautilus during these live 20-minute webcasts.

Watch a replay of the September 13th broadcasts
Watch a replay of the October 24th broadcasts

Kobie Boykins Meet a NASA Engineer - Kobie Boykins
Event date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - Showtimes at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm ET

With the upcoming launch of the rover Curiosity, all eyes will once again turn to Mars. What better tour guide to have than one of Curiosity’s top mechanical engineers? Kobie Boykins will explain his work and the unique challenges of engineering for the rigors of the Martian surface.

Learn more and watch a replay of this event!

Katy Croff Bell Live from the E/V Nautilus - Dr. Katy Croff Bell
Event date: October 11, 2011 - Showtimes at 1:30pm and 6:30pm ET

Tune in to Nautilus Live programming as Dr. Croff Bell joins us from off the coast of Italy. She will take your questions live in these 20-minute webcasts.

Coastal America Coastal America - Coastal Zone 2011 Conference
Event date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Showtime at 4:30pm ET

Live, from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, JASON brings you policy experts and scientists from the Coastal America Coastal Zone 2011 Conference. Meet the leaders and scientists who are making an impact in saving our precious oceans and coastlines.

Learn more and watch a replay of this event!

Meet the Researchers - Dr. Robert Ballard and Katy Croff Bell Meet Ocean Explorers - Dr. Robert Ballard and Dr. Katy Croff Bell
Event date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - Showtimes at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm ET

Dr. Robert D. Ballard is founder and chief scientist of The JASON Project and Immersion Learning, and is Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He is widely acclaimed for revolutionizing undersea exploration through the development of remotely operated submersibles capable of working at expedition sites miles below the surface. Dr. Ballard and his team discovered the remains of the RMS Titanic and also discovered hydrothermal vents on the seafloor supporting communities of chemosythetic life.

Dr. Katy Croff Bell is the Chief Scientist of the E/V Nautilus and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. As an underwater oceanographer, Katy has used remote sensing tools to study archaeological material in the Black Sea, Thunder Bay, the Baltic Sea, and more!

Learn more and watch a replay of this event!

Ask NOAA Marine Scientists Ask NOAA Marine Scientists
Recorded Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tim Battista, a marine scientist with NOAA, is leading a group of researchers as they try to locate and map the sensitive coral reef ecosystems and habitats important to fish in the U.S. Caribbean. Chris Taylor, an ecologist with NOAA, is one of the scientists on the mission. He’s interested in fish behavior and how they relate to their surrounding environments. While aboard the Nancy Foster, he will use sonar and other high-tech gadgets to study fish movements and how fish use certain habitats.

Listen to the interview now!

Meet the Researcher - Emma Hickerson Meet a Marine Biologist - Emma Hickerson
Event date: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - Showtimes at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm ET

Emma Hickerson is the Research Coordinator at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, which is located about 115 mi (185 km) off the coast of Texas and Louisiana. Over the past 25 years, Emma has led and participated in close to 100 cruises in the Gulf of Mexico region. These cruises have included submersible, remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and SCUBA operations. Emma conducted her Master's thesis project at the sanctuary where she studied the movements of loggerhead sea turtles using radio and satellite technology. Her sanctuary research has focused on mapping, habitat characterization, and the biology of sea turtles,  corals, manta rays, and other marine life. Emma's interests include marine biology and ecology, underwater photography and videography, underwater exploration and technology, and SCUBA diving. Submit your video questions to Emma today!

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The Japanese Tsunami - Dr. Vasily Titov The Japanese Tsunami - Dr. Vasily Titov
Event date: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 1:30pm ET

On the afternoon of March 10, 2011, a massive 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. In addition to the devastation caused by the earthquake, a tsunami was unleashed, racing across coastal Japan and radiating out through the Pacific Ocean. JASON Host Researcher Vasily Titov is the Director of Tsunami Research at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Pacific Environmental Marine Laboratory (PMEL). He joined us to take your questions on this tsunami.

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Meet the Researcher - Greg Marshall Meet the Researcher - Greg Marshall and Crittercam
Event date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - Showtimes at 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm ET

Have you ever wondered what wild animals do when people aren’t around? National Geographic scientist Greg Marshall invented a research tool called Crittercam to find out. Safely worn by animals such as penguins, sharks, and lions, Crittercam captures video, sound, and other data from an animal’s-eye view. The information gathered by Crittercam gives scientists new clues about how the host animals behave, where they live, what they eat, and more. Scientists can use this information to better understand and protect the animals. Greg joined us for an online chat and answered your questions live!

Watch a replay of this event now!

Coastal America NOAA Coastal America Student Summit
Event date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Student delegates and expert scientists from around the country gathered at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. for the Coastal America Student Summit on the Ocean and Climate. There they discussed how kids can protect, preserve, and restore coastal ecosystems through community involvement. Watch a webcast replay to learn about the research the students have done in their local areas and interact with them in real-time polls.

Watch the Student Summit live event

Ask a NOAA Scientist Ask a NOAA Scientist about the Gulf Oil Spill
Event date: November 2010

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico created one of the worst environmental tragedies in history. Teams of scientists and engineers have been on the scene to stop the oil spill, contain the oil, and support recovery and clean-up. NOAA has played a critical role since day one.

This autumn, National Argonauts traveled to the Gulf with NOAA scientists to learn more about their work, and we asked you to come along! While the Argos were in the field, they asked your questions to the scientists, and we've featured the best ones in this video.

Meet a Deep Sea Scientist Meet a Deep-Sea Scientist! with Dr. George Matsumoto
Event date: Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm, & 6:30 pm Eastern (9:30 am, 1:30 pm, & 3:30 pm Pacific)

Dr. George Matsumoto is a senior education and research specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). He studies the open ocean and deep-sea communities, with a special focus on invertebrates such as jellies. Matsumoto also has a strong interest in educational outreach. Before the webcast, read Matsumoto’s career interview on the Immersion website and check out the Mystic Aquarium website where jellies are the December Species of the Month.

Meet an Ocean Explorer Meet an Ocean Explorer! with Dr. Robert Ballard
Event date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm, & 6:30 pm Eastern (9:30 am, 1:30 pm, & 3:30 pm Pacific)

Dr. Robert Ballard is a world-renowned ocean explorer who has been on more than 100 expeditions over the past 50 years. This summer he led an expedition on the E/V Nautilus to explore ancient history and learn about the ocean. Nautilus scientists mapped the sea floor, discovered tubeworms and other life forms, explored shipwrecks, and more. Before the webcast, visit nautiluslive.org to learn more about the Nautilus, and check out the Mystic Aquarium website where tubeworms are the November Species of the Month.

Andy Casagrande - Great Migrations Andy Casagrande, Underwater Shark Cinematographer, Great Migrations
Event date: Wednesday, October 27 - 10am, 1pm, 4pm ET

As part of National Geographic Channel's Great Migrations program, cinematographer Andy Casagrande joined us to discuss what it's like working up close and personal with great white sharks. Watch a recording of the assembly now and learn more about Great Migrations.

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Santorini AQUARIUS 2010: If Reefs Could Talk
Event date: October 12-21, 2010

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will host Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk, a research and education mission sponsored by AT&T. This mission will take place in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and will bring the science of ocean conservation and the underwater world to the public during live internet broadcasts, October 12-21. Owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Aquarius is the world’s only undersea research station dedicated to marine science. The laboratory operates about four miles offshore, at a depth of 60 feet. Scientists live in Aquarius during 10-day missions to study and explore our coastal ocean. Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk is designed to help the public learn what they can do to protect our world’s most important resource – the ocean.

Santorini Highlights: Santorini and Nisyros Volcanos, Greece
Event date: October 3 - October 16, 2010

Scientists continued their exploration of the underwater volcano Kolumbo during this part of the expedition. They made three-dimensional maps of the Kolumbo hydrothermal vent field. They also explored seabed features around Nisyros, a volcano located at the eastern end of the Hellenic Volcanic Arc in the Aegean Sea.

Ask a Penguin Trainer Meet a Penguin Trainer! Webcast
Event date: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Immersion Learning invites you to participate in an exciting live webcast with Penguin Trainer Tracy Camp! Camp is a Penguin Trainer at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Working in the husbandry department, she trains and provides daily care for over 25 African penguins and recently returned from an exciting trip to South Africa where she assisted in penguin field research and rehabilitation efforts. You can learn more about Camp by reading her career interview. During the webcast you will hear about Camp's work and career path and will have a chance to interact with her by voting in polls and asking questions. To learn more about African penguins, visit their Species of the Month page on the Mystic Aquarium website.

Ask an Aquatic Vet Meet an Aquatic Vet! Webcast
Event date: Thursday, June 10, 2010

Immersion Learning invites you to participate in an exciting live webcast with aquatic veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle! Dr. Tuttle is the Staff Veterinarian & Director of Animal Care at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. She cares for a variety of aquatic animals at the Aquarium including fish, beluga whales, and stranded seals. You can learn more about Dr. Tuttle’s work by reading her career interview or playing Immersion’s Seal Rescue! game in which you get to be the vet and investigate what is wrong with four stranded seals. During the webcast you will hear about Dr. Tuttle’s work and career path and will have a chance to interact with her by voting in polls and asking questions.

Ask an Aquatic Vet Meet a Beluga Whale Researcher
Event date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Immersion Learning invites you to participate in an exciting live webcast with beluga whale researcher Dr. Tracy Romano! Romano is the senior vice president of Research and Zoological Operations at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. She conducts research on beluga whales at the Aquarium and also works with Alaska Natives to study beluga whales in the wild off the coast of Point Lay, Alaska. You can learn more about Dr. Romano's work by reading her career interview or checking out Activity 5: Beluga Basic Training from Immersion's Marine Mammals of the Arctic Adventure Series. During the webcast you will hear about Dr. Romano's work and career path and will have a chance to interact with her by asking questions.

Dr. Janet Green and Constance Adams Dr. Janet Green & Constance Adams
Event date: April 12, 2010

Space and energy researchers Dr. Janet Green and Constance Adams answered questions from students around the world in this interactive live event.

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Tim Samaras, Tornado Researcher Tim Samaras, Tornado Researcher
Event date: January 20, 2010

Tornado chaser Tim Samaras answered questions from students around the world in this interactive live event.

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Jason Dunion, NOAA Hurricane Researcher Jason Dunion, NOAA Hurricane Researcher
Event date: January 27, 2009, 1pm

Jason Dunion is a hurricane researcher from Operation: Monster Storms. Watch this sample from the event to learn how they work!

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