This study group provides a forum to discuss science topics that have had recent news-worthy developments. The selection of topics will be limited to ocean science (changing ocean currents, acidification and extinction events, deep ocean ecosystems, etc.). A list of possible topics and articles with supplementary videos will be provided. Participants can also select recent articles from respected publications such as Scientific American, Science, Nature, The Atlantic, and other peer-reviewed scientific publications available in the Northwestern library system. Assigned discussion leaders may supplement the reading with background information on the topic to put it into context, may choose additional readings and videos, and will prepare questions to guide the discussion. We recommend that participants view the BBC video series “Blue Planet II” prior to the session. The group is limited in size to provide each participant the opportunity to participate fully during discussions and to lead a discussion on a topic of interest. All assigned materials will be available through the Northwestern library system or by open source on the Internet. Participants should thoroughly prepare for class discussions.