Oceanographer, author, lecturer and historian, Dr. Stewart Nelson will speak about Sir Hubert Wilkins' 1931 attempt to reach the North Pole via submarine at the Science Friday seminar hosted by the Science Department at Northwest Florida State College on Friday, September 26 at 11:00 am in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science building on the Niceville campus in the main lecture hall, room S-110.
The seminar, which is free and open to the public, features Dr. Stewart Nelson, author of Sabotage in the Arctic: Fate of the Submarine Nautilus. Nelson has participated in a wide variety of projects in all the world's oceans and has worked from ships, submarines, submersibles and commercial blimps.
Dr. Nelson is the former president of the American Oceanic Organization and continues to be involved in consulting work for the maritime and cruise industry, as well as the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He has worked with such organizations as the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, Naval Oceanographic Office, National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, National Alcohol Fuels Commission, and Mid-South Energy Project.
Nelson's globe-spanning activities have taken him to more than 100 countries, as well as such waters as the Red Sea, Mediterranean, Adriatic, Black Sea, North Sea, Baltic Sea, White Sea, Kara Sea, South China Sea, Coral Sea and the Caribbean. Dr. Nelson has ventured into the frozen wastes of the Arctic and "walked twice around the world" on the ice-covered continent of Antarctica.
Nelson holds degrees from The American University, University of Rhode Island, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. Dr. Nelson has been an adjunct professor at George Mason University, a guest speaker at many corporate functions, and guest lecturer at numerous entities including Naval Postgraduate School, National Defense University, University of Alabama, University of Delaware, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Congressional Fellow, Marine Technology Society Fellow and National Fellow of The Explorers Club. He is listed in American Men and Women in Science and Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology.
The monthly Science Friday seminars at NWF State College cover a range of science topics. The free series is open to the general public as well as NWF State College students or high school students. Groups are encouraged to call ahead to ensure seating. Other Fall Term Science Friday seminars will be October 17 and November 21.
On October 17, Joni Barreda will speak on "A Comparative Study of Thermal Tolerance, Hypoxia Tolerance, and Evaporative Water Loss in Indo-Pacific Air-Breathing Fishes"; and on November 21, Dr. Fred Bassett will discuss hummingbirds. For more information about this or future seminars, contact the NWF State College Science Department office at 729-5376.