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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #18

Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina
CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

   In This Issue: Harris Pastides USC President Pastides Re-Elected Board Chair

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has been re-elected chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium's Board of Directors. Pastides began his second one-year term on January 1, 2018.

"My work with Executive Director Rick DeVoe and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Board of Directors provides an important opportunity to support sustainable marine resource conservation and scientific research that is beneficial to all South Carolinians," Pastides said.

Pastides, who has been the USC president since 2008, earned his master's in public health and Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. Before becoming USC president, he served as dean of the university's Arnold School of Public Health and as vice president for Research and Health Sciences. Pastides serves on many local, state, national, and international boards, including the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities and the Fulbright Faculty Programs.

"I very much look forward to working with Dr. Pastides again this year," DeVoe said. "His leadership and many years of experience working on education and research issues in the state are invaluable to the Consortium's work in meeting the needs of our diverse stakeholders."

Biofoul coating.
Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.
Patent Earned for Anti-Biofouling Coating

Andrew Mount, an associate professor at Clemson University and director of the Okeanos Research Laboratory, recently earned a patent for a coating that deters marine larvae from building up on underwater surfaces. The Consortium provided funding for many of Mount's oyster studies, and he has been researching the cellular and molecular biology of marine organisms from a materials perspective for two decades.

Mount identified the cellular process oysters use to build and repair shells, which involves specialized blood cells capturing ingredients from ocean water and synthesizing calcium carbonate crystals. The principles of cellular adhesion, and how to stop it, led to research on prevention of biofouling on boats and structures left in salt water for long periods.

Mount is currently working with a marine coating business to test a new paint, which would be an environment-friendly alternative to common anti-biofouling products made with copper. The paint could be used on pleasure yachts, boats, dock pilings, buoys, and anything submerged in salt water.

Cotti-RauschKnauss Fellowship Students Selected

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium nominees Bridget Cotti-Rausch and Doug Bell have been selected as Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows, providing them the opportunity to spend a year living, working, and learning in the Washington, D.C. area. The competitive fellowships are offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program. Recipients are matched with host organizations in the legislative and executive branches of government.

Cotti-Rausch earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and her master's and Ph.D. degrees in marine science from the University of South Carolina (USC). In Washington, Cotti-Rausch will hold a joint position between the non-profit Coastal States Organization (CSO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. She will integrate the efforts of the EPA with the activities of the CSO, a group that seeks to advance coastal management needs through legislation, funding, and partnerships with federal agencies.

BellBell earned his bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in marine science from USC. In Washington, Bell will work on policy planning in NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). In addition to being involved in broad-scale strategic planning across OAR, he will assist with federal laboratory evaluations.

The Knauss fellowship program is designed to provide educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions that affect their use, management, and conservation. For more information about the Knauss fellowship and other opportunities for students, visit the Fellowship section of the Consortium's website.

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Last updated: 4/24/2018 11:06:51 AM


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