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Two Knauss Fellows in 2012!

The National Sea Grant Office has offered two University of Minnesota graduate students prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships. If they accept the offer, Leah Sharpe and Brooke White will spend a year supporting policy-making activities in Washington, D.C., starting in January 2012.

Hagley Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

The St. Louis River Alliance celebrated Minnesota Sea Grant’s Environmental Quality Extension Educator Cindy Hagley with the 2011 Len Anderson Environmental Stewardship Award. Hagley earned the award “for her passionate leadership in educating and inspiring citizens” related to her work with the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) program in the Great Lakes.

Through COSEE Great Lakes, Hagley runs professional development opportunities that focus on Great Lakes science for teachers of grades 4-10 and non-formal educators. See http://coseegreatlakes.net/.

From left: Lindsey Jawish, Abi Kwiecinski, and Megan Thiesse

From left: Lindsey Jawish, Abi Kwiecinski, and Megan Thiesse

Temporary Redecorating

By transforming an office into a faux-aquarium, Minnesota Sea Grant let UMD's administration, faculty, and students know just how much the program values its three undergraduate office assistants: Lindsey Jawish, Abi Kwiecinski, and Megan Thiesse.

Office Assistants Win Scholarships

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Psychology Department and Scholarship Committee awarded one of Minnesota Sea Grant’s office assistants, Megan Thiesse, a $1000 Psychology Legacy Scholarship in April. Megan is in her junior year as a psychology major. Also, she just became engaged to be married! Congratulations Megan!

We are equally pleased to say, "Congratulations!" to Lindsey Jawish, another Sea Grant student office assistant. Jawish won an $800 Bohannon Merit Scholarship from UMD’s College of Education and Human Service Professions. Jawish will be graduating in Spring 2012.

Best Student Paper

Marcus Beck, a graduate student in the department of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology at the University of Minnesota earned the Best Student Paper Award at the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota American Fisheries Society. Beck's presentation, Image analysis techniques to evaluate effects of nearshore lake development on aquatic macrophytes, focused on the research he conducted with University of Minnesota professor Bruce Vondracek and adjunct professor Lorin Hatch. Minnesota Sea Grant sponsored this $250 award. See Beck et al. in Ecological Indicators:

Beck, M.W., L.K. Hatch, B. Vondracek, and R.D. Valley. 2010. Development of a macrophyte-based index of biotic integrity for Minnesota lakes. Ecological Indicators 10(5): 968-979 doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.02.006

By Sea Grant Staff
June 2011

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