Public Health Student, Faculty Mentor Attend DEEPSEA CHALLENGER Event

June 21, 2013

Linnea Borden (foreground) at the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER ceremony

Linnea Borden, a rising senior majoring in Public Health Sciences, and faculty mentor Alicia Timme-Laragy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, recently attended the presentation of the submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution by Hollywood director James Cameron.

Known for directing the blockbusters Avatar and Titanic, Cameron is also a passionate advocate of deep-sea exploration. His team of engineers designed and built the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, which Cameron used for a solo dive into the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth. During his nearly 11,000 meter underwater dive, Cameron captured high-resolution 3D images and collected deep-sea species never before seen by man.

Cameron donated the deep-sea submarine at an event held on June 14th at the Institution’s home in Cape Cod, MA, where Timme-Laragy serves as a Guest Investigator. “Human health and civilization are more dependent on the oceans than is currently appreciated,” says Timme-Laragy. “James Cameron has applied his incredible narrative skills and vision to exploring the ocean frontiers and advocating for awareness and increased science funding. It was impressive to see this in action.”

Borden joined Timme-Laragy’s research lab at Woods Hole under a Summer 2013 Undergraduate Research Fellowship supported through the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Their summer research project examines the risks from pollutants such as PCBs and home herbicide use on normal embryonic development using the zebrafish model.

In addition to serving as a summer research fellow at Woods Hole, Borden has acted as a team captain for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and works as a UMass Amherst Peer Health Educator.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. For more information on the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER event, visit the following links:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute website
Cape Cod Times