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Making Waves - A Profile of Vince Magnuson

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Vince Magnuson

What’s your role with Minnesota Sea Grant?

Advisory committee member.

What do you do when you’re not at Sea Grant advisory committee meetings?

I’m the vice chancellor for academic administration at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). My wife, Nancy, and I visit our three sons and their wives and children, all of whom currently live in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) area. I’m an avid vegetable gardener, and enjoy playing golf, hunting, fishing, and taking fall color trips along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Nancy and I appreciate the opportunity to attend UMD plays, concerts, lectures, and sporting events. I try to keep current in the field of organic chemistry, which I taught at UMD for 27 years prior to becoming vice chancellor.

Why do you have a passion for Lake Superior and Minnesota’s inland waters?

I grew up in the farmlands of Nebraska where there are very few lakes. Lake Superior and the many lakes in northeastern Minnesota provide scenery and recreational activities not found in other places. I feel fortunate to live in a place so beautiful and abundant. Also, as a scientist, I appreciate the research opportunities provided by the many lakes.

What’s your future vision for the environment in the Lake Superior Basin?

My vision is that manufacturing, waste treatment, recreation, and other uses of Lake Superior and the inland waterways will be adapted to ensure the continuation of the habitat, beauty, and abundance now enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike.

Why do you think the Sea Grant Program is important to Minnesota?

Sea Grant is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of scholars in many areas. This broad base enhances the depth and quality of research performed here. Minnesota Sea Grant obtains research funding through university, state, and federal partnerships - funding that otherwise may not be available. Another important aspect is the program’s commitment to making information available to a wide range of audiences by diverse means - print, Web sites, workshops, etc.

By Sea Grant Staff
April 1999

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