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  SMAST bolsters fisheries expertise

March 19, 2014 ‌

The School for Marine Science and Technology has announced the Gavin Fay and WHOI QUEST fellowsappointment of Dr. Gavin Fay as Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography.

A fisheries modeler, Dr. Fay received his BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Stirling, Scotland, and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington. He is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Ecosystem Assessment Program of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Woods Hole.

Fay's expertise is in quantitative fisheries science and ecosystem modeling, with a research focus on spatial modeling and statistical analyses of marine fisheries populations. He has published in the area of population assessment for both fisheries and marine mammals.

The faculty position was created under a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program called Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomics Training (QUEST), which also created three new fellowships for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists with NMFS funding.

Dr. Fay (left in photo with WHOI QUEST fellows) will officially join the faculty for the fall 2014 semester.


  SMAST out in force for OS14 

March 10, 2014Lou and Sudip at SMAST booth at Ocean Sciences 2014

SMAST faculty, staff and students authored or co-authored some three dozen posters and oral presentations at Ocean Sciences 2014 last month (February 24-28) in Honolulu, Hawai'i.‌

In addition, three SMAST faculty co-chaired technical sessions: Dean Steven Lohrenz co-chaired session 068 – "Understanding biogeochemical and ecosystem responses to natural and human-induced interactions, drivers and pressures in coastal regions"; Prof. Mark Altabet co-chaired session 008: "Revising biogeochemical stoichiometry: The oceans beyond Redfield on a changing planet"; and Prof. Miles Sundermeyer co-chaired session 012 on "Oceanic submesoscale processes."

Co-sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Geophysical Union, and The Oceanography Society, Ocean Sciences is the premiere meeting of marine scientists and oceanographers in the world. The biennial meeting is believed to have set an attendance record this year, estimated at more than 5000, based on preregistrations..


  Barney Frank leads SMAST roundtable 

April 22, 2014                                                                                                        

Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank led a barney frank roundtableroundtable discussion themed "Intersection: Policy, Politics and Science" at SMAST Tuesday morning. The topics treated ranged from the current and future state of marine fisheries to the U.S. military budget, science denial in the American population, and national support for research and development.

Frank represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and was co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry.

Frank, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts, worked as a political aide before winning election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 with 52 percent of the vote, and was returned to the House by a wide margin in every subsequent election.


 Dean Lohrenz featured in Marine Technology Reporter 

November 5, 2013

Dean Steven Lohrenz explaining the use of the SMAST’s Slocum Glider "Blue" Marine Technology Reporter visited with a number of colleagues at the recent Oceans 2013 MTS/IEEE San Diego conference, including SMAST Dean Steve Lohrenz.

Dean Lohrenz attended the conference to chair the Marine Education and Outreach session and to promote SMAST's new Professional Science Master’s in Coastal and Ocean Administration, Science and Technology.

Lohrenz noted that the new program was created in response "to a growing demand in education to provide mid-career professionals and other students with different education goals with an opportunity to advance their skills."

"This two-year, non-thesis master’s program blends the study of science and engineering with elective courses in management, policy, economics and law," he said, "and it provides a strong emphasis on writing and communication skills. The last semester of the program requires that the student obtain an internship in industry, government, nonprofit or academia."

Read the complete interview (PDF)

Reprinted with permission from the October 2013 edition of Marine Technology Reporter: www.seadiscovery.com

Learn more: Professional Science Master’s in Coastal and Ocean Administration, Science and Technology

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