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Marine Science Unveils Cutting-Edge Research Vessel Last Updated on 2009-03-25 00:00:00 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2009) – The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science debuted Florida’s newest ocean-going research tool Wednesday with the presentation of the R/V WeatherBird II, a 115-foot, 194-ton vessel equipped for a new era of scientific teaching and research. The R/V WeatherBird II was purchased by USF for $2.1 million for use through the Florida Institute of Oceanography, a consortium of Florida’s public universities, private higher education institutions and state agencies involved in marine research.  The R/V WeatherBird II will be equipped with state-of-the art oceanographic devices and sensor technology designed to enable scientists and students to study and learn about various aspects of the ocean’s biological, chemical, geological and physical characteristics. Researchers will use the vessel to support advanced studies on... More »
Titanic Discoverer Speaks at International Summit Last Updated on 2008-10-16 00:00:00 Filed under Press Releases, eNews Newsletter on Thursday, October 16, 2008 by Author: Melanie Marquez. Ocean explorer Robert Ballard, PhD, known most recently for his discovery of the HMS Titanic, will speak at the Coastal Cities Summit banquet on Nov. 20. Ballard discovered deep sea hydrothermal vents on the mid-Atlantic Ridge, one of the most significant ocean discoveries of the last 50 years. The Coastal Cities Summit, from Nov. 17-20 in St. Petersburg, Fla., will explore environmental, social, economic and public policy challenges for waterfront cities through discussions that will address disasters, climate change, population growth, economic impacts, port security, public infrastructure, water and sanitation, sustainable growth and policy. This international summit of world leaders and scholars will address universal vulnerabilities coastal cities face, such as... More »