This post was co-written by A. Tarrant and H. Rivera. (* Giving an 8-minute presentation exhausted the limits of Ann’s Spanish proficiency. Someday we might write some posts in Spanish, but not quite yet).
On September 16, 2017, WHOI hosted a special symposium titled “Oceanos: WHOI en Español e Português” in which twelve scientists gave short scientific talks in either Spanish or Portuguese. The event was developed by research assistant Luis Valentin-Alvarado and graduate student Gabriela Farfan. The initial goal was to make our research more accessible to members of our local community whose native languages are Spanish or Portuguese, but in effect the event served multiple purposes. Because the event was broadcast via Facebook live, it reached a broader audience, including the families and friends of many speakers. Also among the live audience were several members of the local scientific community who weren’t native speakers of either language, but who were interested in practicing their language skills and supporting the event. You can see the replay of all the presentations here (All the talks are great, but Hanny’s begins around 31:20 and Ann’s starts around 1:25:00).