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University celebrates decade as Sea Grant College (Released: 11/17/98)

by Peg Van Patten, Sea Grant Program

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut is celebrating its first decade as a full-fledged Sea Grant College, a designation from the U.S. Department of Commerce earned by significant accomplishments in marine and coastal research, outreach and education.

On Nov. 23, at 4 p.m., brief talks on Connecticut Sea Grant activities at UConn will be presented at the Konover Auditorium in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on the Storrs Campus, as part of the anniversary celebration. The program's past, future, nd ongoing activities in nori aquaculture and watershed programs will be highlighted during the talks.

The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, based at the Avery Point campus, has helped generate and disseminate marine science information on the local, state, national and international levels for nearly 20 years. Under the leadership of Edward C. Monahan, who became director in 1986, the program expanded considerably and achieved the Sea Grant College designation in 1988. The program has brought in $10 million in external funding.

Connecticut Sea Grant has branch offices at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Additional research and outreach activities are sponsored at 11 academic institutions and two aquaria within the state.

Connecticut Sea Grant's marine research and education activities focus on issues of importance to Connecticut and Long Island Sound, such as aquaculture, biotechnology, watersheds and water quality, seafood safety, nonindigenous species, and environmental pollutants. Both graduate and undergraduate students have benefited from working with Sea Grant scientists.

"We are proud of UConn's accomplishments in the marine sciences over the past decade, and we salute the role of Sea Grant's visionary strategic planning, cutting-edge ocean research and outreach carried on by its principal investigators and its talented staff," said UConn President Philip E. Austin. "The Sea Grant program has reached far beyond its geographic borders, carrying on international collaborations in many countries and carrying out regional research and education initiatives in the Northeast. Our flagship university is proud to have spearheaded this effort."