Translating science aboard R/V Sally Ride highlights the human connections of research projects at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Melissa T Miller, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States and Bruce Appelgate Jr, Scripps Instn of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States
R/V Sally Ride is the newest research vessel in the UNOLS fleet. Commissioned in 2016, the ship is owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Funding was secured to provide outreach and education opportunities during the verification period. A writer participated in research cruises in order to translate the science via blog and social media posts. A focus on the people involved, both scientists and the ship’s crew members, increased engagement with the general public and scientific community alike.

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps hosts an exhibit featuring R/V Sally Ride. Videos, maps and interactive games connect visitors of all ages to the scientific impact of the Scripps fleet as well as the people who live and work aboard research vessels.

Generous bunk space aboard the ship increases opportunities for students, teachers and artists to participate and share their experiences at sea. Events such as ship to shore communications and ship tours during national conferences continue to connect the research vessel Sally Ride to a wide and varied audience.