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Jesse Schomberg
Jesse Schomberg, Minnesota Sea Grant's Coastal Communities Extension Educator, was named to a new position as Program Leader, representing our organization with Program Leaders in other Great Lakes states and across the nation. The new position is in addition to his extension work with communities. It is a two-year term.


Doug Jensen
Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species program coordinator at Minnesota Sea Grant was elected chair of the Information and Education Committee for the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species. Jensen also received his masters degree in Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth this spring.


Sharon Moen
Sharon Moen, Minnesota Sea Grant's Science Writer, took the top prize—the Gold award—for Writing at the annual conference of the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum in the Twin Cities. Her article, Voracious Vegetation, was published in Cabin Life Magazine (June 2009). Sharon has a new article, Aquatic Animals Behaving Badly, in the current issue (June 2010) of Cabin Life.


Chris Benson
Perhaps you recognize the photo of the Aerial Lift Bridge from the cover of Duluth's Chamber of Commerce 2010 Directory or other Chamber documents. It is an original taken by Minnesota Sea Grant's graphic designer, Web developer, and photographer, Chris Benson. The Chamber holds a contest each year, and this shot was the winning photo for 2010. In addition to his work for Sea Grant, Benson has his own freelance photography business called Minnesota's Northern View. You'll find his photos online at www.chrisjbenson.com.


Left to right: John Bilotta, Cindy Hagley, Jesse Schomberg, and Barb Luikkonen
John Bilotta, Cindy Hagley, and Jesse Schomberg, University of Minnesota-Extension Educators with Minnesota Sea Grant won a Bronze award in the mixed educational materials category from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP). The award was given at the ANREP biannual conference in Alaska. Bilotta was there to accept the award for the team, which includes Barb Luikkonen—Water Resources Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota.

The team of four and graphic designer Wendy Strombeck, owner of One.D.Design, also won a bronze award in graphic design from Summit Creative Award program for the Northland NEMO Watershed Game. The program celebrates the creative accomplishments of small and mid-sized advertising agencies and other creative companies throughout the world. The Watershed Game is an interactive education tool developed by the Northland NEMO partnership that includes University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Sea Grant.

By Sea Grant Staff
July 2010

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