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May 2014

Throw Buoy

Rip Current Awareness Week: Spotlight on Michigan Sea Grant Communication Specialist Elizabeth LaPorte

Elizabeth LaPorte works with colleagues at U-M and MSU to ensure the alignment of Sea Grant’s activities with the mission of the National Sea Grant College Program and the needs of Michigan’s stakeholders. She identifies opportunities to leverage research through public outreach and education. 

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Maine Extension Associate

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Spotlight on Maine Sea Grant Extension Associate Kristen Grant

As Southern Maine Marine Extension Associate, Kristen has worked in that region of the state since 1999. Her office in Wells is housed at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, facilitating partnerships with NOAA colleagues there. The majority of Kristen's work focuses on the interactions between the people, the resources, and the ecosystems of the coast.

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Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Spotlight on New York Sea Grant Communications Specialist Paul Focazio

As New York Sea Grant's Web Content Manager, Paul Focazio oversees the development and production of New York Sea Grant's Web site, e-newsletter (Currents) and all social media platforms. The program's virtual presence not only includes downloads of NYSG's Coastlines newsletter, for which Focazio writes, but also features sub-sites for all extension staff and a number of special research and education initiatives.

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Heather Wade

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Spotlight on Texas Sea Grant Extension Agent Heather Wade

As Texas Sea Grant’s Coastal Planning Specialist, Heather Wade helps communities on the Texas coast plan for the future. With a toolkit that includes the Coastal Resilience Index, weTable and Community Health and Resources Management (CHARM) model, she leads community leaders through workshops that help them determine their readiness and plan for future needs with respect to coastal hazards, green infrastructure, water quality impairment and other issues related to sustainable development.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week: Spotlight on MIT Sea Grant funded Researchers Robert Beardsley and Changsheng Chen

Robert Beardsley is a scientist emeritus of physical oceanography at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and Changsheng Chen leads the Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling Research Laboratory at UMASS Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology. 

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Hawaii Extension Agent

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Spotlight on Hawaii Sea Grant Extension Agent Dennis Hwang

Dennis Hwang combines his science and law background to concentrate on implementing science into decisions of the community so that hurricane, tsunami, flood, erosion, wind and earthquake impacts are mitigated.  He authored the Hawai'i Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook, which is used in the land use process in Hawai'i.  

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Education continues beyond the classroom with marine management and policy fellowships

The California Sea Grant State Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students who are interested both in marine policy and resource management. The program allows students to explore opportunities outside academia while gaining job experience, and provides California State agencies with exceptional workers.

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Safe Boating Week: Spotlight on Sea Grant Extension Agent Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen works very closely with Vietnamese-speaking fishermen to offer them technical assistance, such as providing information about new regulations and proposed legislation. Peter, a former commercial shrimper, has been with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Outreach Program since 2006. He works at Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research Center in Biloxi and works on fishing gear research, seafood marketing and other outreach efforts.

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Safe Boating Week: Spotlight on Marine Advisory Program Agent Torie Baker

Torie Baker is the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent for the Prince William Sound region and is based in Cordova. As a MAP agent, she works with fishermen in marine safety training, business assistance and collaborative applied research. She is also a 20-year commercial salmon harvester in Prince William Sound, Copper River and Bristol Bay, and has worked extensively in Copper River salmon marketing initiatives. She holds a master's degree in adult education from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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MIT Sea Grant Hosts a Climate Change Symposium on Sustaining Coastal Cities

Leaders in academia, government, and private industry will address concerns for change in sea level, storm surges, extreme precipitation and flooding and options for adapting to these risks. With shared knowledge and increased understanding, the objective of this conference is to identify ways in which representatives of the various sectors in attendance may wisely use, manage, and protect coastal areas now and in the future.

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Safe Boating Week

It is Safe Boating Week! Whether it’s fresh, salty, or somewhere in between, the allure of water attracts people for fun in the sun and summertime memories.  Sea Grant programs are working hard to manage the delicate balance between the nation’s diverse boating needs and the protection of its coastal resources.

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Help from Kelp

USC Sea Grant is helping to fund Kelp Watch 2014, a research initiative that uses fast growing kelp forest species as living dosimeters of the Fukushima released radioisotopes. Co-founder Dr. Manley hopes Kelp Watch 2014 will provide the public with immediate data as to whether there are any direct human health risks to the small amounts of radioactivity in the ocean.

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