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Research to Application Award

Research to Application Award

CORROSION: Because of pitted steel, a vexing question and its answer, the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs won the prestigious Research to Application Award at the biennial national Sea Grant meeting held in Clearwater Beach, Florida, in September. The question: Why is steel in the port of Duluth-Superior corroding at an accelerated rate? The severely abbreviated answer: ice scours patches of iron-oxidizing biofilms off of steel infrastructures, the newly exposed areas attract dissolved copper, which encourages corrosion. Now, because of a decadeís worth of work, specially devised coatings and protective jackets are being applied to the structures to prolong their lives. Sea Grantís initiative to gather experts, partner broadly and fund research earned the two programs the award. Wisconsin Sea Grantís Director Jim Hurley, said, "As far as I'm concerned, this award is the essence of Sea Grant. We identified a coastal problem, researched it and got the results out to our stakeholders."

Doug Jensen and Paul Teten

AIS: Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grantís Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, received the first-ever Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM Achievement Award from Wildlife Forever. Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever, presented the award to Jensen at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, Minn., saying, ďThis person has left a lasting mark on invasive species prevention here in Minnesota and far beyond. His passion for outreach and education has been instrumental in creating policy, programs and partnerships throughout the country. His understanding of science and people has been invaluable in making Minnesota a leading state for aquatic invasive species prevention.Ē Jensen has been with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program for over 21 years.

AMERICORPS: Paul Teten, Minn. Green Corps member, joined the Minnesota Sea Grant staff in Duluth for a one-year stint to work on stormwater education in the Duluth-Superior area with the Regional Stormwater Protection Team. His position was made possible through a partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Americorps Program. Teten has a bachelorís degree in political science from the University of Minnesota Duluth.


By Sea Grant Staff
December 2014

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