Brown Bag Seminar Series

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The NOAA Central Library Brown Bag program provides an educational forum (hosting over 800 presentations since 1994) for the presentation of ideas. It provides updates on research projects and shares news in support of NOAA's mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. 

Update: Brown Bag Seminars are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12 PM-1 PM EST in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3,1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD and via webinar. If you are not able to join us in person at the Library, please register using the webinar link under each announcement. During the seminar, please be respectful of the speaker and the audience, and hold your questions until the Q&A period following the presentation. Brown Bag presenters must provide an accessible PowerPoint or PDF version of the presentation. For more information on how to create accessible documents and Section 508 compliance, please see our LibGuide: Section 508.       

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A list of Brown Bag Seminars from 2017 can be found on the Archived Brown Bags page.

2018 Seminars

April 17, 2018: Slides, MP4, and transcript

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NOAA Institutional Repository Seminar: Compliance and Journals

Presenters: Jennifer Fagan-Fry, MLIS and Sarah Davis, MLS, NOAA Central Library.

Summary: Welcome to NOAA's Institutional Repository Seminar Series! Each bimonthly seminar will be on a topic related to the NOAA IR. April 2018's topic is looking at PARR compliance, journal article requirements, and new developments. NOAA's Institutional Repository (NOAA IR) provides long-term public access to NOAA publications and articles. Join us in the library to learn more about using how to ensure you are complying with PARR requirements (for both authors and grantees), how the library determines compliance, submitting journal articles, and a brief description of some new IR updates and features. (April 17th, 2018) Slides, MP4, Transcript

Thursday, April 19, 2018: MP4, Transcript

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The Coast Survey and the Civil War (Out of the Vault Exhibit with a History Seminar) at 12PM EDT 

Presenter: Captain Albert E. Theberge NOAA Corps (Ret.), NOAA Central Library

Abstract: Join us Thursday, April 19, 2018, for an Out of the Vault Exhibit 10:30AM-1:30PM with a History Seminar at 12PM by Captain Albert E. Theberge NOAA Corps (Ret.), NOAA Central Library). Register for 12PM EDT history webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP). (April 19, 2018) MP4, Transcript

April 19, 2018: How-to Guide, MP4, Transcript

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Hands-on Section 508 Workshop--Basic PDF Editing (via webinar)

Presenter: Jennifer Fagan-Fry, MLIS, NOAA Central Library

Summary: Join the NOAA Central Library via webinar for the first in our series of 30 minute hands-on tutorials on Section 508. In this installment, join Jennifer Fagan-Fry (NOAA Institutional Repository Manager) for an introduction to basic PDF editing where she will cover how to fix common accessibility problems in PDF documents such as adding bookmarks, tags, document properties, alternative text, fixing tab order, and more. (April 19, 2018). How-to manual PDF, MP4, Transcript. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 12PM EDT

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Evaluating methods for estimating mortality of Great Lakes walleye using acoustic telemetry data

Presenter: Lisa Peterson, Knauss Fellow, NOAA NMFS, Office of Science and Technology Assessment & Monitoring Division (ST4).

Summary: The Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) in North America includes millions of tag detections for Lake Erie walleye. These data provide researchers with information about behaviour, habitat use, and population dynamics. Natural mortality as a phenomenon is difficult to observe, but remains a critical component of stock assessments and quota estimation. This project developed methods to estimate mortality using acoustic telemetry detections and evaluated them using a simulation framework based on existing GLATOS data, assuming different scenarios of study design and true mortality rates. Our results should help inform researchers about the accuracy of estimation methods and study designs for determining mortality of fish populations using acoustic telemetry data.

About the Speaker: Lisa Peterson is a Knauss fellow in NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology, working with Brett Alger on electronic technologies. She is from Royal Oak, Michigan and did her B.S., M.S., and is currently finishing up her Ph.D at Michigan State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She has worked on Lake Erie yellow perch and walleye stock assessment models as well as with Great Lakes acoustic telemetry data.

Join us in person in the NOAA Central Library (SSMC-3, 2nd Floor) on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 12PM EDT. Located outside Silver Spring? Please register for the Knauss Seminar Series webinarsRegistering for one seminar will provide you with access to the full series of Knauss Seminars. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP).

Accessibility URL: Live Relay Service Captioning. The live relay service will need to run in a separate browser window than the webinar.

April 12, 2018: Slides

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Coffee and Questions in the Library

Event Hosts: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services; Reference and Outreach Librarian: Katie Rowley; ILL Librarian: Hope Shinn.

Summary: NOAA employees and NOAA contractors were invited to stop in for coffee, snacks, and an introduction to the resources and services of the NOAA Central Library. Coffee will be provided to in-person attendees. Please bring your coffee cups and your questions!  (April 12, 2018). Contact library.reference@noaa.gov for research assistance. PDF

April 11, 2018: MP4 and Transcript

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Science to Support Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management of Coral Reef Ecosystems Across the U.S. Pacific Islands 

Presenter: Dr. Rusty Brainard, Chief, Coral Reef Ecosystem Program, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC). 

Abstract: To provide the scientific underpinnings supporting implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM), the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program of NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center conducts interdisciplinary monitoring and applied research of coral reef ecosystems. Specifically, we will discuss how the ecosystem observations and models are being used to generate annual catch limits, ecosystem components, stock and integrated ecosystem assessments, essential fish and critical habitat designations, listing and recovery decisions, and development of climate and ecosystem considerations and indicators. 

About the Speaker: Dr. Rusty Brainard's present role is leading the Habitat and Living Marine Resources Program of the Ecosystem Sciences Division at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Dr. Brainard has a BS in Marine Science from Texas A&M (1981), an MS in Oceanography (1986) and a PhD in Physical Oceanography (1994) from the Naval Postgraduate School. He founded the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Program, an interdisciplinary, ecosystem-based research program that conducts integrated ecosystem observations, long-term monitoring and assessment, and applied research of coral reefs to support ecosystem-based management and conservation. (April 11, 2018) MP4, Transcript  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018: MP4 and Transcript
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Ocean Aero Submaran™ an Innovative Hybrid Autonomous Unmanned Underwater & Surface Vehicle (AUUSV) 

Presenters: Neil Trenaman, EVP of Strategic Business Development, Ocean Aero, Inc. and Eric Patten, CEO and President of Ocean Aero, Inc. 

Abstract: The Ocean Aero Submaran™ is the first hybrid wind and solar powered, Autonomous Unmanned Underwater and Surface Vehicle (AUUSV) designed for long term autonomous ocean observation and data collection. Built for speed, efficiency and maneuverability, the Submaran is powered by a unique composite wing-sail. The combination of wind and solar power enables the Submaran to cover long distances with the navigating ability for extended station keeping and prolonged monitoring. The Submaran has the added versatility of underwater capability. The wing sail folds and retracts allowing the Submaran to quickly submerge to evade detection, and severe weather conditions as well as perform subsurface data collection tasks. The Ocean Aero Submaran provides new autonomous surface and sub-surface sampling capabilities to address:  Environmental sensing and sampling, Remote and protected marine areas monitoring, Marine mammal tracking, Ocean Water Column Sampling, MetOcean data gathering, Persistent situational awareness, Marine security, and Cross-domain communications. The presentation will talk to these applications and recent field duration exercises.

About the Speakers: Neil Trenaman is the Executive Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Ocean Aero Inc. (April 10, 2018) MP4, Transcript 

March 28, 2018: Slides, Recording,Transcript

Library Database Training: Basic Westlaw for NOAA

Presenters: Jared Underberg, JD, Thomson Reuters Westlaw.   

Class Summary: Learn how to find answers quickly and efficiently with Westlaw. During the training session, the topics covered included: 

  • Your Westlaw Subscription
  • Key Number System
  • Navigating Case Law & Administrative Decisions
  • Using KeyCite to check whether a case, statute, or regulation is still good law
  • Graphical Statutes/RegulationsPlus
  • Westlaw Exclusives - Learn how to navigate through statutes and regulations using Graphical Statutes and Regulations
  • Expansive Collection of Secondary Resources
  • Effective Searching and Filtering
  • Folders – including enhancements exclusive to Westlaw
  • Customizing Your Content
  • Resources for NOAA
  • Q&A time

About the Speaker: Jared Underberg has been with Thomson Reuters since law school where he was a Student Representative for Westlaw. Following law school, Jared continued his work serving large law firms and federal government customers in the D.C. area. Jared is originally from Rochester, NY, and now lives in Old Town, Alexandria with his wife and beloved border collie. (March 28, 2018) Presentation SlidesMP4, Transcript

April 3, 2018:Recording and Transcript are available

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Lexis Advance Update for NOAA – Getting Specific Research Results

Presenter: Brenna Clanton, Lexis trainer. Brenna Clanton has been with LexisNexis for over 8 years. She has worked for LexisNexis in both the Chicago and DC offices and has supported both law firm and federal government customers. Originally from Chicago, she attended Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

Class summary: Participants were invited to learn how to use Lexis more effectively in their work at NOAA. During the session, we covered:

  • How to use folders to save more than just documents;
  • How to easily search for archival materials;
  • Searching in our court documents;
  • Using legal news to go beyond the headline;
  • And using LexisAdvance to assist with reviews of NOAA research. (April 3, 2018) MP4, Transcript 
  • Interested in a Lexis account? Please email library.reference@noaa.gov with Lexis account request in the subject line. 
March, 26, 2018: Slides, Recording, Transcript

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Women in NOAA Corps: A Women's History month presentation

Presenter: LTJG Melissa D. Mathes, NOAA Commissioned Corps, Assistant to the Deputy Director National Weather Service 

Abstract: In honor of Women's History month, Lieutenant Melissa D. Mathes, NOAA Corps, will discuss the historical role of women in NOAA Corps and her own road to NOAA Corps.

About the Speaker: Mathes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science in Marine Biology. Mathes joined the NOAA Commissioned Corps in 2014, following service in the U.S. Army Reserves and U.S. Navy. (March 26, 2018) Presentation Slides, MP4, Transcript 

March 14, 2018: Slides, Recording, and Transcript

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Modeling the food web: The mass balance approach at the NEFSC

Presenter: Sean Lucey, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Abstract: Ecosystem models are useful for providing context and understand of the system within which management decision are being made. Among a wide range of ecosystem models, a common approach for fisheries related questions are aggregate or box models, including a popular representation of the ecosystem as a mass balance model. Sean discussed the general mass balance approach and how it has been applied at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

About the Speaker: Sean Lucey is a Fishery Biologist at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center. He works for the Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch in Woods Hole, MA. He serves on several international, national, and regional ecosystem working groups include WGNARS, NOAA's IEA Program Steering Committee, NMFS National EBFM working group, and NEFMC EBFM plan development team. (March 14, 2018). Presentation slidesMP4Transcript 

Seminars (2018)

Library Database Training: Lexis Advance Update for NOAA – Getting Specific Research Results. Presenter: Brenna Clanton, Lexis trainer. Brenna Clanton has been with LexisNexis for over 8 years. She has worked for LexisNexis in both the Chicago and DC offices and has supported both law firm and federal government customers. Originally from Chicago, she attended Chicago-Kent College of Law. Class summary: Learn how to use Lexis more effectively in your work at NOAA! During the session, Clanton covered: How to use folders to save more than just documents; How to easily search for archival materials; Searching in our court documents; Using legal news to go beyond the headline; And using LexisAdvance to assist with reviews of NOAA research. (April 3, 2018). MP4, Transcript

Ocean Aero Submaran™ an Innovative Hybrid Autonomous Unmanned Underwater & Surface Vehicle (AUUSV). Presenter: Neil Trenaman, EVP of Strategic Business Development, Ocean Aero, Inc. and Eric Patten, CEO and President of Ocean Aero, Inc.Summary: The Ocean Aero Submaran provides new autonomous surface and sub-surface sampling capabilities to address:  Environmental sensing and sampling, Remote and protected marine areas monitoring, Marine mammal tracking, Ocean Water Column Sampling, MetOcean data gathering, Persistent situational awareness, Marine security, and Cross-domain communications. The presentation will talk to these applications and recent field duration exercises. (April 10, 2018) MP4, Transcript 

Science to Support Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management of Coral Reef Ecosystems across the U.S. Pacific Islands. Speaker: Dr. Rusty Brainard who leads the Habitat and Living Marine Resources Program of the Ecosystem Sciences Division at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Summary: Specifically, we will discuss how the ecosystem observations and models are being used to generate annual catch limits, ecosystem components, stock and integrated ecosystem assessments, essential fish and critical habitat designations, listing and recovery decisions, and development of climate and ecosystem considerations and indicators. Please Register for the EBM/EBFM webinar series. (April 11, 2018) MP4, Transcript   

Coffee and Questions in the LibraryEvent Hosts: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services; Reference and Outreach Librarian: Katie Rowley;  ILL Librarian: Hope ShinnSummary: NOAA employees were invited to stop in for coffee, snacks, and an introduction to the resources and services of the NOAA Central Library. Coffee was provided to in-person attendees. ( April 12, 2018) Contact library.reference@noaa.gov for research assistance. 

Library Database Training: EconLit for NMFS/NOAA Fisheries. Presenter: Greg Weyman from EBSCO. Summary: This training was geared toward NOAA NMFS. Learn how to best utilize EconLit with Full-text in your work at NOAA FisheriesEBSCO Information Services will be conducting an on-site training seminar for the research database EconLit with Full Text. Training will include how to access EconLit with Full Text from within NOAA as well as searching, retrieving, saving and sharing relevant content. EconLit with Full Text is the most reliable full-text source for economic research, this database offers full text for hundreds of journals including the American Economic Association journals with no embargo. In addition to full-text coverage, the database contains indexing and abstracts for economic journals. Content includes: More than 670 full-text journals,15 full-text books, including The Handbook of World Trade and all of the indexing available in EconLit. Subjects include: Capital markets, Country studies, Econometrics, Economic forecasting, Environmental economics, Government regulations, Labor economics, Monetary theory, Urban economics. (April 12, 2018) MP4Transcript

NOAA Institutional Repository Seminar: Compliance and Journals. Presenters: Jennifer Fagan-Fry, MLIS and Sarah Davis, MLS, NOAA Central Library.Summary: Welcome to NOAA's Institutional Repository Seminar Series! Each bimonthly seminar will be on a topic related to the NOAA IR. April 2018's topic is looking at PARR compliance, journal article requirements, and new developments. NOAA's Institutional Repository (NOAA IR) provides long-term public access to NOAA publications and articles. Join us in the library to learn more about using how to ensure you are complying with PARR requirements (for both authors and grantees), how the library determines compliance, submitting journal articles, and a brief description of some new IR updates and features. Register for the NOAA Institutional Repository Seminar SeriesRegistering for this seminar will provide you access to the full series of seminars.  (April 17, 2018). Slides, MP4, Transcript

The Coast Survey and the Civil War. Out of the Vault Exhibit on display from 10:30AM-1:30PM; History Seminar at 12PM EDT by Captain Albert E. Theberge NOAA Corps (Ret.), NOAA Central Library). Please join us in person or register for the Coast Survey and the Civil War presentation.      

Hands-on Section 508 Workshop--Basic PDF Editing (via webinar)Presenter: Jennifer Fagan-Fry, MLIS, NOAA Central LibrarySummary: Join the NOAA Central Library via webinar for the first in our series of 30 minute hands-on tutorials on Section 508. In this installment, join Jennifer Fagan-Fry (NOAA Institutional Repository Manager) for an introduction to basic PDF editing where she will cover how to fix common accessibility problems in PDF documents such as adding bookmarks, tags, document properties, alternative text, fixing tab order, and more.  Join us via webinar on Thursday, April 19th from 2-2:30 PM EDT.  Register for the Hands-on Section 508 Workshops. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP). Slides, MP4, Transcript

Evaluating methods for estimating mortality of Great Lakes walleye using acoustic telemetry data. Presenter: Lisa Peterson, Knauss Fellow, NOAA NMFS, Office of Science and Technology Assessment & Monitoring Division (ST4). Summary: The Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) in North America includes millions of tag detections for Lake Erie walleye. These data provide researchers with information about behaviour, habitat use, and population dynamics. Natural mortality as a phenomenon is difficult to observe, but remains a critical component of stock assessments and quota estimation. This project developed methods to estimate mortality using acoustic telemetry detections and evaluated them using a simulation framework based on existing GLATOS data, assuming different scenarios of study design and true mortality rates. Our results should help inform researchers about the accuracy of estimation methods and study designs for determining mortality of fish populations using acoustic telemetry data. About the SpeakerLisa Peterson is a Knauss fellow in NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology, working with Brett Alger on electronic technologies. She is from Royal Oak, Michigan and did her B.S., M.S., and is currently finishing up her Ph.D at Michigan State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She has worked on Lake Erie yellow perch and walleye stock assessment models as well as with Great Lakes acoustic telemetry data. 2018 Knauss Fellows. Join us in person in the NOAA Central Library (SSMC-3, 2nd Floor) on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 12PM EDT. Located outside Silver Spring? Please register for the Knauss Seminar SeriesRegistering for one seminar will provide you with access to the full series of Knauss Seminars. 

Planning: 

Library Database Training: Wiley.  Presenters: TBD. Class summary: Wiley trainers will demonstrate the new Wiley Journal platform.  

Library Database Training: BioOne for NOAAPresenters: BioOne representatives. Summary: BioOne trainers will demonstrate searching BioOne. Register now for the BioOne Webinar and be notified when the training date is selected.  

Library Database Training: Web of Science for NOAA. Presenters: WoS representatives. Summary: WoS trainers will demonstrate searching WebofScience. Register now for the Web of Science Webinar and be notified when the training date is selected.  

Library Database Training: EndNote for NOAAPresenters: EndNote representatives. Summary:  EndNote trainers will demonstrate using EndNote. Register now for the EndNote Webinar and be notified when the training date is selected. 


Views of the presenters are not necessarily representative of NOAA or the NOAA Central Library.
Brown Bag Seminars from 2017 and their available recordings, can be found on the Archived Brown Bags page.

For Brown Bag questions please email judith.salter@noaa.gov or library.reference@noaa.gov