This year (2018) I have been asked to be a "Boat TA" for AOS103. Yes, they just came up with that title. Since we are taking out for the first time all the students in the class (almost 100 of them), rather than a smaller subsection as was done in previous years, the Marine Operations technician could use some support, and I joined the effort of preparing the cruises and captaining them. This was a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to work some more on boat instrumentation, data acquisition scripts, etc.
As part of my work in the UCLA Marine Operations program I helped, with dr. Jeroen Molemaker, guide interns in various projects they did with the program. These included design and building of new ways of deploying instruments, analysis of coastal HFR (high frequency radar) data and comparison with in-situ observations, improving data-aquisition scripts for the UCLA boat instruments, and more. I was involved in this guidance/TAship in the years 2016...
TAing this class was a great experience due to the scope of interesting Physical Oceanography material covered. It is interesting to me how teaching others also makes one see the material from new perspectives. The lecturer was Professor Andrew Stewart, one of my two PhD adivsors . Other than TAing, I had the opportunity to present one lecture (on vorticity). I also captained a couple of the boat trips, as I did in previous years, in which we demonstrate and immerse the students in observational methods and, well, observations.
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