In This Issue:
CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
USC President Elected Board Chair
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has been elected chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium's Board of Directors. Pastides began his one-year term on January 1, 2017. "I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Executive Director Rick DeVoe and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Board of Directors," Pastides said. "I have a long-standing love for South Carolina's coastal waterways and will continue to be a staunch advocate for sustainable marine resource conservation and scientific research." Pastides, who has been the USC president since 2008, has a master's in public health and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. Before becoming USC's 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 this coming year as chair of the Consortium's Board of Directors," DeVoe said. "His leadership and many years of experience working on education and research issues in the state will be invaluable to the Consortium's work in meeting the needs of our diverse stakeholders."
FY2018-2020 Request for Proposals
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the availability of its FY2018-2020 Request for Proposals. The RFP consists of an overview, five sections detailing program area priority needs, and three appendices, all of which prospective PIs at Consortium member institutions are encouraged to review before preparing materials for submission. Concept letters are due March 20, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. and invited full proposals are due June 19, 2017. Studies involving multi-disciplinary approaches with state, regional, and/or national significance are especially desired. Proposals are to address specific priorities identified under the following themes: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy; Weather and Climate Resilience; Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development. Questions about the RFP may be directed to either Rick DeVoe or Susannah Sheldon.
Knauss Fellowship Students Selected
Emily Osborne and Christopher Katalinas have been selected as Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows and will spend a year living, working, and learning in Washington, D.C. Nominated by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, they were among 62 selected for this prestigious fellowship. Osborne earned a B.S. in Geology at the College of Charleston and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Her graduate research focused on using marine sediment samples to quantify ocean acidification in the coastal California Current Ecosystem. Osborne was placed with the NOAA Climate Program Office and is working with the Arctic Research Program as an ocean acidification specialist. Katalinas earned a B.S. in Biology at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston. As a graduate student, he assessed the genetic influence of red drum stock enhancement on the genetic diversity of the wild population. Katalinas was placed with the NOAA National Sea Grant Office and is working as a communications specialist. For more information about the Knauss fellowship and other opportunities for college students, visit the Fellowship section of the Consortium's website.
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