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  Final port recovery plan released

July 1, 2014 ‌

New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell and State Senator Mark Port Recover Plan press conferenceMontigny visited SMAST on June 17 for a press conference to announce the release of the final “Groundfish Port Recovery and Revitalization Plan for the Port of New Bedford/Fairhaven.”

The study was conducted by an SMAST-led research team fronted by Prof. Dan Georgianna (Economics/SMAST). The report documents the recent decline of the regional groundfishery, estimates its effects on shoreside businesses, and makes recommendations for the revitalization of the fishery and improvements to the port.

"New Bedford is the nation's number one fishing port," said Mayor Mitchell, "and we intend to keep it that way for the next hundred years.  … To do that, we need the best science in stock surveys and assessments—that is critical for both scallops and groundfish."

"I applaud the work of Dan Georgianna and his colleagues at the School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, in compiling this report," said Senator Montigny, who was instrumental in securing funds for the study through the state legislature. "We must do all we can to maintain New Bedford's economic contribution as the highest value catch port in the U.S."

The final version of the study report is linked to the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission website,

  UMassD scientists join US-India collaboration

July 9, 2014‌

UMass Dartmouth Prof. Amit Tandon (College of Engineering/SMAST) Amit Tandon aboard Revelle in Indiais leading a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the United States and India to support large-scale research on monsoon prediction.  

Researchers from the two countries are working together to understand ocean processes in the international waters of the Bay of Bengal and their relation to the annual monsoon, which is a dominant factor in the lives of the population of the Indian subcontinent.

The Office of Naval Research is funding the participating U.S. scientists and contributing the resources of the R/V Roger Revelle. The ship made a call in the port of Chennai in mid-June, the first U.S. research vessel to call at an Indian port since the 1980s, and has since completed its first successful data-gathering cruise in the Bay of Bengal.

The bilateral team also includes Dr. Amala Mahadevan, WHOI senior scientist and SMAST adjunct faculty, Dr. Sanjiv Ramachandran, research associate in Tandon’s Upper Ocean Dynamics Lab, and scientists from 17 other U.S. and Indian institutions.

As part of the collaboration, Dr. Tandon and several U.S. colleagues have returned to India to conduct a two-week training workshop at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore on upper-ocean dynamics in the Bay of Bengal. [Read full press release.]

[Photo: Amit Tandon welcomes scientists aboard the R/V Roger Revelle in Chennai, India, as co-chief scientist Dr. Emily Shroyer from Oregon State University looks on.]

  SMAST modeling course tours Brazil

June 19, 2014                                                                                                        

SMAST Professor Avijit Gangopadhyay (right in photo),Avijit Gangopadhyay and Ilson da Silveira in Brazil in Brazil on sabbatical as Distinguished Visiting Full Professor, is taking his classroom on the road this summer.

A pioneer in the techniques of feature-modeling of ocean circulation, Gangopadhyay will offer a course in "Synoptic Ocean Prediction and Process Studies Using Feature Models" at three leading Brazilian oceanographic institutions in June and July.

The intensive course will be taught at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in the south of Brazil in June, and at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IOUSP) and the Federal University of Ceará, some 2000 kilometers to the north, in July.  The Brazilian Navy and several public and private scientific and consulting companies are sending students to attend the lectures.

Gangopadhyay is hosted at IOUSP by longtime collaborator Prof. Ilson da Silveira (left in photo), and funded by the Office of the Rector, University of São Paulo. IOUSP and SMAST jointly offer a dual Ph.D. degree program in marine science and technology.

 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:

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





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