Central Falls students ‘join’ Robert Ballard on ocean exploration

URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography makes remote connection possible

Media Contact: Carol McCarthy, 401-874-4147 |

WHO: Central Falls High School students and educators, renowned ocean explorer Robert Ballard, researchers aboard the EV Nautilus in the Pacific Ocean, staff of the Inner Space Center at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography.

WHAT: Telepresence technology from the Inner Space Center will allow students and educators in Central Falls to participate in an expedition using remotely operated vehicles from the EV Nautilus to probe the unexplored, deep-water region near the Davidson Seamount in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 1, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Media Q & A with expedition crew scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

WHERE: The Inner Space Center, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett Bay Campus (Building 1 on the map), or Central Falls High School, 24 Summer St., Central Falls, R.I. At the Inner Space Center Media will be able to see, hear and interact with the students in Central Falls, and Ballard and other researchers at sea and observe how the center works. At the high school, media will have in-person access to students and educators and see, hear and interact with staff at the Inner Space Center, and Ballard and other researchers at sea. RELEASES IN PLACE FOR MEDIA TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS, SHOOT VIDEO OF STUDENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carol McCarthy, carolmccarthy@uri.edu, 401-874-4147 (860-908-5835 day of event only); and Linda Acciardo, lindaa@uri.edu, (401) 874-2116.

URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus is home to the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), one of the world’s premier oceanographic institutions. Founded in 1961, GSO has built a reputation for excellence in deep water oceanographic research, coastal planning and management, sustainable fisheries and monitoring the health of Narragansett Bay. With operations, researchers, faculty and students worldwide, the Bay Campus education and outreach programs train the next generation of scientists and policymakers, while ensuring Rhode Island’s K-12 teachers and students gain an appreciation for the importance of ocean science through a variety of hands-on programs.  

On Nov. 6, Rhode Islanders will vote on Question 2, a $70 million higher education general obligation bond that includes $45 million for upgrades to the Narragansett Bay Campus. If approved, proceeds from the bond will be used to improve the GSO’s pier (required to accommodate a newly awarded Regional Class Research Vessel from the National Science Foundation worth about $125 million), construct a 20,000-square-foot Ocean Technology building, a 12,000-square-foot Marine Operations building and fund other necessary improvements to campus facilities.