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Jeff Gunderson, associate director, became the chair elect of the Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders, which facilitates interaction among the Sea Grant extension programs and beyond the Sea Grant network.

The problem with Minnesota Sea Grant's knack for employing successful, creative people is that other organizations want them too.

The year began with our communication's coordinator, Marie Zhuikov, leaving for a communications position with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

In May, Minnesota Sea Grant is bidding farewell to director Steve Bortone, who accepted a position as the executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, based in Tampa, Florida.

After having made extraordinary international contributions to conservation research and policy, professor Anne Kapuscinski, Minnesota Sea Grant's aquaculture, fisheries and biotechnology specialist, will be leaving Minnesota in July. She's off to occupy a newly endowed chair, the Sherman-Fairchild Chair in Sustainability Science, at Dartmouth, an Ivy League institution in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The other problem with employing successful, creative people is that they leave a gaping hole when they retire, which is what Barbara Liukkonen, Minnesota Sea Grant's Water Resources Education Coordinator, is doing on May 31.


By Sea Grant Staff
April 2009

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