SUMR 16 Cruises Scenic Boston Harbor

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SUMR 16 Cruises Scenic Boston Harbor

An Evening Break From NRSA and AcademyHealth Sessions
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BOSTON - Along with their attendance at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting sessions, LDI's 2016 Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars took some time out to cruise the historic Boston harbor. The above photo shows the sunset view from the bow rail of that cruise boat. The harbor is an unusual mix of traditional nautical traffic and modern jet airliners descending to land on the waterfront runways of Logan International Airport.
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Sitting patiently at the end of Boston's Back Bay Long Wharf (above, left), LDI SUMR scholars await the boarding call for the "Fort Independence" tour boat (above, right). The vessel is named for the massive star-shaped granite fortress that sits atop Castle Island, one of dozens of islands strewn across the Boston Harbor National Recreational Area.
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Ready to ride (above, left) are (l to r) Jennifer Magazzu, LDI Executive Assistant; Devan Hunt; Safa Browne, LDI SUMR Program Coordinator; SUMR Scholar and Penn undergrad Ian Jeong; SUMR Scholar Sarah Rudasill of Wake Forest University; and Joanne Levy, LDI Deputy Director and Director of the SUMR Program. The Fort Independence was only one of a number of tour boats that sail from Long Wharf. All of them, like the Provincetown II (above, right), carry hundreds of tightly-packed passengers on their evening cruises.
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Enjoying a brisk breeze and a setting sun on the top deck of the Fort Independence are (above, left) Sarah Rudasill and Ian Jeong. Taking a sunset selfie are (above, right, l to r) SUMR Scholars Christopher Koilor of Pennsylvania State University; Kehinde Oyekanmi of Temple University; Kenya Wright of Vanderbilt University; and Ian Jeong.
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Typical of the odd visual pairings seen along the harbor shores is this old-time schooner passing the busy runways of Logan (above, left). Above, right: A major landmark of the harbor is the massive abstract steel sculpture of a codfish sitting atop Legal Sea Foods headquarters. Called "Flying Fish," it is also a weather station whose spinning half-dome structures track wind direction and force.
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Relaxing along the stern rail (above, left) are SUMR Scholars Sophia Anderson of the College of Wooster and Levi Bowers of Haverford College. Above, right, in upper deck chairs are (l to r front row) SUMR Scholars Gabriela Esnaola of Yale University; Kareha Agesa of Denison University; (rear row) Kenya Wright; Carlos Carmona of Penn; and LDI Multimedia Manager and Photographer Megan Pellegrino.
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Above, left (l to r) SUMR Scholars Christopher Koilor and Joseph Pecha of the University of Dallas. Above, right, (l to r) Kareha Agesa, Kenya Wright and Bushauna Freeman of Lincoln University.
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Lit by the final rays of the day's sun are (above, left, l to r) SUMR Scholars Barrington Bennett of Penn; Joseph Pecha and Kareha Agesa. Above, right, SUMR Scholars Nada Boualam of Penn and John Fitz-Henley of Dartmouth College.
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Checking their sunset photos are (above, left) Kehinde Oyekanmi and Carlos Carmona. Above, right, looking back at the Back Bay skyline.
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Above, left, Joseph Pecha pops some final shots. Above, right, standing as a now-darkened sentry in Boston Harbor is the former lightship Nantucket Shoals. The largest of its kind ever built, it was essentially a floating lighthouse that, prior to the days of GPS and satellite navigation, was anchored to mark dangerous shallows near Nantucket Island.