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Participants Needed for Research on Data Sonification

Join Amy Bower, an oceanographer, who is studying how to convey meaningful information through sounds.

Amy Bower has a fascinating career as an oceanographer – she has been chasing and studying ocean currents for 25 years! Amy, who happens to be legally blind, has created educational lessons about her work and has written blogs during her research cruises. In order to make oceanography more accessible using sonification, Amy is now seeking input from educators. Please take a few minutes to be a part of this cutting-edge discussion!


We are researchers studying how to use sound techniques, such as sonification, to convey meaningful aspects of ocean science data to increase access to ocean data and ocean literacy.  

Initially, we will conduct small group design sessions, some with teachers who work with students who have vision impairment, (and different groups with experts in ocean data concepts). 

During the session, you will be asked to share with the researchers all the ways you use sound in the classroom, including (if applicable) for communicating quantitative information (data). 

The study is part of an NSF-funded Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) collaboration between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Oregon, and Your Ocean Consulting, Inc. 

We are seeking interested teachers in any subject that includes data, e.g., Any and all of the sciences, mathematics, statistics, and social science, and who work with students with visual impairments.

You will be grouped with 2-5 other participants for a session. We plan to hold these sessions over Zoom. 

The meeting should take no more than 60 minutes or less.

Unfortunately, there is no compensation for your participation. But hopefully you will find great satisfaction in contributing to research that will help make data more accessible to all learners.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Prof. Jessica Roberts ([email protected]).




Learn more about Amy, her work, and her blog posts:

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