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REF NO.: 55

SUBJECT: Marine Institute student offers insight into Students on Ice

DATE: Oct. 26,2011

Jonathan Chatman, a third-year marine environmental student at the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland, will provide a detailed account of his experiences with Students on Ice during an open lecture on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Mr. Chatman will address Marine Institute students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the public. The media is also invited to attend the event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. in MI’s Hampton Hall.
Mr. Chatman took part in research and explorations during his trip to the Arctic in August as part of Students on Ice, a program designed to motivate, inspire and expand young people’s vision of the North and the planet.
Students on Ice provides youth from across the world with ship-based educational adventures to the Arctic and Antarctica with a mandate to educate and inspire a new generation of polar scientists, researchers and environmental leaders.
During the expedition, Mr. Chatman had the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned scientists, historians, explorers and polar experts, while also enjoying group tours to the Arctic Circle, interpretive hikes and community visits. He was exposed to a wide variety of wildlife, including whales, seals, polar bears, walrus and seabirds.
Mr. Chatman’s Students on Ice voyage began on July 23 on the Clipper Adventurer. He returned home on Aug. 8. Each day during the voyage, student participants such as Mr. Chatman uploaded journals, photos and videos via satellite to the program’s website www.studentsonice.com.

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For more information, please contact Stephanie Barrett, public relations and communications officer, Fisheries and Marine Institute, at (709) 778-0677, stephanie.barrett@mi.mun.ca, or Kimberley Thornhill, educational marketing co-ordinator, Fisheries and Marine Institute, at (709) 778-0544, (709) 691-9221, Kim.Thornhill@mi.mun.ca.

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