When Amy Bower was a graduate student in oceanography, her vision began to slip away due to macular degeneration. Despite the gradual onset of blindness, Bower has traveled the world to study ocean currents and their interaction with climate, and has achieved scientific success in an exploratory and highly competitive field. Crucial to her triumphs are technologies—which she will show— that revolutionize what it means to be blind in the workforce today.Amy Bower is a senior scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She uses state-of-the-art instrumentation to explore the behavior of subsurface ocean currents from the North Atlantic subarctic to the Red Sea. Legally blind for most of her professional career, she is pushing hard against pre-conceived notions of the capabilities of blind and visually impaired people. Thanks to rapidly developing assistive technology, she maintains multiple research programs, travels extensively and leads technicians and students on oceanographic expeditions. In 2010, she was honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for her work with students at the Perkins School for the Blind, called Ocean InSight.----------About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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