Roane State Community College biology professor Bruce Cantrell has always wanted to teach a course on living under the sea.
He developed a fascination with the sea years ago while serving in the Navy. Books about undersea exploration line his office shelves. A promotional poster for the famed Jacques Cousteau-directed documentary â€œWorld without Sunâ€ hangs on his wall.
This fall, Cantrell will finally have a chance to teach Roane State students about living and working under the sea. And heâ€™ll do it while he actually lives and works under the sea.
Cantrell and faculty member Jessica Fain will live and teach from an underwater habitat for 72 days this fall. While they live in a space the size of a college dorm room submerged about 25 feet, Cantrell and Fain will host weekly shows titled “Classroom Under the Sea.”
The shows, presented in partnership with the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, Florida, will feature scientists and explorers and will cover topics such as underwater archeology and ocean exploration. [Read more…]