PA – Quilting during Science-a-Thon 2020

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October 16, 2020 by Dr. G

Each year, I look forward to participating in the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) Science-a-Thon, a social media effort during Earth Science Week to help others see the life of a scientist beyond the laboratory and fieldwork. I created a blog post about my Science-a-Thon adventures in Maine back in 2017, and I was looking forward to participating this year while at sea on the JOIDES Resolution. Unfortunately, my research cruise has been postponed to a future date – but that didn’t stop me from sharing my updated challenge for the week – to create my next science quilt to support my Stitching Hope for the Louisiana Coast collection. Check out my series of tweets below to see the process I use for creating a quilt (at least this quilt!).

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  1. […] –> Field trip of levee system with Dr. Alex Kolker–> Field trip with Dr. Denise Reed that included an ocean-view look at the flood gate–> Construction of this quilt during the Science-a-Thon […]

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