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Notes for "Thinner in Some Places"

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Sameer Azim Seedi -- He has sorrel skin, brown eyes, and short curly black hair. He has a short scruff of mustache and beard. He is sturdy with lots of stamina. His heritage is Maldivian. He speaks Arabic, Dhivehi, and English. He is 32 years old. Seedi serves as a liaison between the Maldives and Kraken. He is good at getting along with people and helping them collaborate with each other. As a hobby, he enjoys a wide variety of watersports.  He tends to dress in nautical clothes of blue, ivory, and khaki.
Qualities: Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Liaison, Good (+2) Rapport, Good (+2) Stamina, Good (+2) Watersports
Poor (-2) Working Alone

The traditional Maldivian name was made up of three components. Examples of such names include Guifuku Don Kalo, Oofindu Kaiydaa Fulu, Maakana Kudatuttu Didi, Dhoondeyri Ali Manikfan and so on. The first component was the surname; the second component was the given name or a term of endearment such as Tuttu, Kuda, Don or a combination of such a term and a given name such as Kuda Hussain or Don Mariyambu. The optional third component indicated rank and or cognomen by birth or association. The traditional birth ranks and or cognomen included Manippulu, Goma, Kalaa, Kambaa, Rahaa, Manikfan, Didi, Seedi, Sitti, Maniku, Manike, Thakurufan, Thakuru, Kalo, Soru, Manje and so on.


Aiona Bigelow -- She has fair skin with freckles, green eyes, and strawberry blonde hair with just a little wave. She speaks Arabic and English. She is 28 years old. Aiona earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She also earned a Galbraith Fellowship at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. As part of her minor in Arabic, she studied abroad at the Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. After Aiona gained superpowers, though, other people started acting weird around her and she couldn't get a job as a scientist. That pissed her off, so she became an activist, getting into more and more aggressive protection of marine life. She got involved with Sea Shepherd, and that led her to Kraken, where she now works. Aiona is athletic and enjoys many outdoor and aquatic activities.
Origin: During her fellowship in Bermuda, Aiona almost died when the boat wrecked on a reef. Her superpowers manifested, and she used forcefields to save herself and her friends.
Uniform: Aiona has a Kraken uniform of dexflan and capery, but she rarely wears it. The jumpsuits are sensibly designed with sleek fit, plenty of pockets and fasteners for equipment. They provide Expert (+4) Camouflage to a designated user, but if worn by anyone else, turn garish neon colors. Aiona prefers to dress simply in navy with white or khaki, sometimes touched with turquoise, although she also collects water-themed T-shirts.  She likes nautical motifs too.
Qualities: Good (+2) Activist, Good (+2) Athletic, Good (+2) Games and Simulations, Good (+2) Marine Biologist, Good (+2) Passionate
Poor (-2) Sunburns Easily
Powers: Good (+2) Forcefields
In addition to stopping physical things, her forcefields can muffle or block most superpowers, depending on their respective strengths.
Motivation: To protect marine life.

Bachelor of Science in Marine Science
at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida

MAJOR
The marine science major provides both an integrative science background and specialized foundation work especially suitable for students planning professional careers in marine fields.
Students majoring in any track of the marine science major are expected to be knowledgeable regarding fundamental concepts of biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography as well as scientific methods employed by marine scientists.
In addition, students are expected to be able to:
• synthesize information from the various marine science disciplines
• speak professionally
• utilize bibliographic resources effectively and properly document them in a scientific report.
The B.A. degree is not offered.
Required for the B.S. is a core of 11 courses:
• Biological Oceanography
• Geological Oceanography
• Chemical and Physical Oceanography
• Marine Science Seminar
• Fundamental Physics I and II
• General Chemistry I and II
• Calculus I and II
• Marine Science Comprehensive Exam or Senior Thesis.
In addition to the core, specified courses in one of the following four tracks must be included:
Marine Biology
• Marine Invertebrate Biology
• Marine and Freshwater Botany
• Cellular Processes
• Genetics and Molecular Biology
• Ecology
• Physiology
• Organic Chemistry I
Majors must complete one of the following capstone experiences:
Comprehensive Exam: A thorough exam covering general oceanography and required courses within the track; offered during the Winter Term of a student's senior year.

Courses

MS 304: Marine Invertebrate Paleontology
Morphology, classification, phylogeny, paleoecology of groups of marine invertebrate fossil organisms. Taphomony, biostratigraphy, and the stages in the evolution of marine ecosystems. Field trips and labs. Prerequisite: MS 101N.

MS 310: Marine Conservation Ecology
Biodiversity conservation is essential for maintenance of ecosystem health and resilience. Examine marine biodiversity status and threats, conservation trends, as well as science behind protected area design and assessment. Prerequisite: MS 102N, BI111N, or ES270N

MS 311: Marine Mammalogy
In-depth overview of marine mammals (whales, dolphins, manatees, seals, sea lions, etc.). Topics include marine mammal systematics, status, behavior, physiology, population dynamics, evolution, and management. Current periodical literature text readings are basis for discussions. Prerequisites: BI 111N, MS 102N, or ES 270N. Junior or Senior standing required.

MS 322: Coral Reefs
An integrated overview of reef structure and development, and the physiology, ecology, and behavior of coral reef organisms. Prerequisites: MS 101N, MS 102N, and junior standing.


GALBRAITH FELLOWSHIP
In 1994 John and Rosemary Galbraith started an endowment for a fellowship that supports one Eckerd student, either a rising Junior (current Sophomore) or Senior (current Junior), to participate in a research project at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), formerly the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR) over the summer.
The internship pays travel to Bermuda and all expenses associated with a 10-week stay at the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Science (BIOS), plus a stipend of $2000.00.
Applicants should submit a brief statement of research interests, transcripts, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (other than Brooks, Szelistowski or Meylan) and a C.V. to Professor Meylan before 8 March 2010. The final selection is made by BIOS faculty and will depend in part on matching interests of the intern with the interests of faculty at BIOS. Therefore it will be necessary for applicants to familiarize themselves with the research programs of the BIOS faculty by using the BIOS web site . Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. This fellowship is open only to Eckerd students but its existence does not exclude Eckerd students from consideration for other BIOS internship programs.


Minor in Arabic
at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida

The minor in Arabic requires a total of five courses, which must include the two-year language sequence (AB 101/102, AB 201/202) or their equivalents. The fifth course can be AB 301 Advanced Arabic or AB 280G Middle Eastern Culture.

ARABIC
There are more than 300 million Arabic speakers in the world. In addition to being the language of the Quran, the holy book of over 1 billion Muslims, Arabic is the sixth official language of the United Nations. Arabic infuses much of the vocabulary of science, math, and philosophy because of the historic contributions of Arabic speakers to the arts and sciences. In today’s world, learning Arabic is crucial to understanding the social, political, and economical situations that affect the world around us.
Arabic is offered at the beginning and intermediate levels at Eckerd. The beginning Arabic sequence (AB 101 and AB 102) meets the college’s general education requirements. Students who successfully complete the intermediate sequence (AB 201 and AB 202) fulfill the language requirement of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. Students who wish to study Arabic at an advanced level may enroll in an approved study abroad program, selected in consultation with the mentor. The combination of Arabic study on campus and a semester-long study program in an Arabic-language country may form the basis of an International Studies major at the college. Students who desire a major that emphasizes the study of Arabic language and culture should consider International Studies.
Do you know what algebra, henna, gazelle, saffron, safari, and tariff mean? If you do, you already speak some Arabic! Why learn more?
1. Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken native language in the world.
2. Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam.
3. There is a high demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the Western world.
4. There are financial incentives for learning Arabic.
5. Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade.
6. Arabic-speaking peoples have made significant contributions to world civilization.
7. The Arab-speaking world has a rich cultural heritage.
8. Knowing Arabic can promote intercultural understanding.
9. Arabic influence is evident in many other languages.
10. The United States has a growing Arab-American minority.
Study Abroad Morocco
Students who are interested in studying in an Arabic speaking country have the opportunity to study at the Al Akhawayn University in Morocco through the International Students Exchange Programs (ISEP).
Al Akhawayn University was established in January 1995 as a center for academic excellence and intercultural tolerance. It is based on the American model of higher education and uses English as the language of instruction. The 40-hectare campus is located in an oak forest in the resort town of Ifrane. Al Akhawayn University offers eight undergraduate degrees from among three schools:
• Humanities and Social Sciences
• Science and Engineering
• Business Administration
The College’s foreign language requirement consists of two semesters (or the equivalent) of beginning language study. Students may be exempt from the language requirement if they place into the 201-level course or higher.


SPECIAL ACADEMIC OFFERINGS
Special Academic Offerings include subjects in which Eckerd College offers coursework but does not offer a major or minor, descriptions of unique educational opportunities, and listings of courses in various categories for easy reference.

ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE COURSES
Environmental perspective courses provide opportunities for students to address issues in the environmental realm in such a manner as to enhance their knowledge of the natural world and to make informed value judgements concerning the environmental consequences of personal and social actions. The Environmental perspective requirement must be met with an Eckerd College course.
HI 253E Environmental History
MN 351E Technology, Society and the Environment
PL 243E Environmental Ethics

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE COURSES
Global perspective courses provide an encounter with cultures and/or histories whose bases (philosophical, religious, ethical, aesthetic) or world views differ significantly from those of the Western European or North American tradition. Such a course will encourage students to view their own cultural traditions and assumptions in the larger context of the world's diversity. Given the inherent educational value of having cultural experiences in other parts of the world, which naturally encourage cultural comparisons with the student's own, a semester of study or winter term abroad, if so designated, may also satisfy the global perspective requirement. The Global perspective requirement must be met with an Eckerd College course.
HI 218G Modern Middle East
MU 356G World Music
PO 103G Introduction to International Relations

Natural Sciences
NA 160N: Science: At the Cutting Edge
Explore today's major scientific advancements in animal behavior, earth and space science, genetics, and new technologies. This course personalizes science by illustrating its influence in daily and future life.

NA 202N: Climate Change Science
An introduction to current climate change science, including past climate change, predictions of future change, environmental impacts, and societal and individual responses, solutions and adaptations.

NA 207N: Games & Simulations in Science
This is an interdisciplinary course that uses games and agent-based simulations to aid in the understanding of biological processes and phenomena (e.g., animal movement, predator-prey populations, extinctions in ecosystems), and patterns of social interactions such as business investments, automobile traffic, and family formations in populations.

NA 272N: Interdisciplinary Science
Explore a modern scientific world view from mathematical, biological, chemical, and physical perspectives. Human roles and responsibilities within nature and the natural environment. Investigate interactions between science and society.


College Sports
Beach Volleyball
Sailing

Club Sports
• Crossfit
• Fishing
• Hula-Hoop Dance
• Mixed Martial Arts
• Scuba
• Skate and Longboarding
• Spearfishing
• Surf
• Swim
• Wakeboarding

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“The world is thinner in some places.”
John Llewellyn Probert, Cthulhu Cymraeg

2015 New Moon Dec. 11, Fri 04:29 AM

An LPG carrier or LPG tanker is a ship designed to transport liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in bulk.  It can be hazardous if spilled.  The Villa Storage Plant on Thilafushi is a major hub for LPG distribution in the Maldives, as LPG is widely used for cooking in kitchens off the grid.  However, Thilafushi is a garbage island as well as an industrial island, and unauthorized dumping is sometimes a problem.

The Deep Old One called Cthulhu was introduced in the story "Thalassophobia" by Siliconshaman.

April, 1917 -- H.P. Lovecraft wanted to join the Coast Guard, but nearly drowned during an open-water swim test. He emerged hysterical, insisting that something had touched his mind and shoved him toward the surface. Because of this and his poor physical scores, the Coast Guard rejected him. Lovecraft went on to write a wide range of horror stories, many of them featuring mysterious monsters associated with the ocean.
(L-America) In April 1917, Lovecraft tried to join the National Guard but did not pass the physical examination.

Cephalopods include squid, and they have hemocyanin instead of hemoglobin.

Hemocyanin is a blood protein that carries oxygen.  It is based on copper instead of iron, so it is clear without oxygen and turns blue with oxygen.  Scientists use hemocyanin for various research purposes.  Horseshoe crabs are tapped because theirs contains useful amebocytes.  Best practice in Terramagne requires proper medical care for lab animals, so people there have developed more medical supplies for a hemocyanin metabolism compared to here.

Veterinary care for exotic species requires specialized training.  There has been a little research into octopus anaesthetics, cephalopod injuries and treatments, but not much yet.  Many medications designed for fish contain copper or other ingredients which are lethal to cephalopods.  Invertebrates require different medical supplies.

Blu Glu -- a skin sealer developed for use on hemocyanin-based organisms such as molluscs. It facilitates clotting at the local site without congealing the rest of the blood. The variation Blu Glu Plus includes a broad-spectrum antibiotic to discourage infection.

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