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Blue Dot: Marine Biology at Cal Poly Humboldt: plus, what's in a name (change?)

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Host Dave Schlom visits with folks from the newly renamed Cal Poly Humboldt about the marine biology programs there. With a long tradition of marine sciences there (Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Sponge Bob Square Pants was an alum), the Telonicher Marine Lab and R/V Coral Sea based in Trinidad, CA, make learning about the ocean on the stunning north coast about as good as it gets.

Guests include Rick Zechman, Director of Marine Operations, Marine Biology Professor Sean F. Craig, and student researcher Juhi LaFuente who talks about what it is actually like to study marine sciences at Cal Poly Humboldt.

In the final segment, Dave talks to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jenn Capps about the name change from Humboldt State University to the added prestige of becoming one of the three Cal Poly campuses in the state.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.