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Dean's monthly update

November 2005

I began preparing monthly reports to you in November 2004.  Reviewing that first report, I realize that this October was similar to the last in many ways and significantly different in others.  Instead of traveling to Washington, DC once like last year, I made two trips to DC this October.  I was in DC October 2-5 to represent UAF at the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) Board of Governor’s meeting.  The CORE meeting focused on NOAA issues (including a presentation by VADM Conrad Lautenbacher) and the CORE legislative agenda.  CORE is working toward passage of a NOAA Organic Act and legislation establishing funding for an ocean observing system.

Before the CORE meeting, I had a chance to visit with SFOS Advisory Council Chair David Policansky to bring him up to date on SFOS activities.  The part of the discussion we enjoyed the most was setting the date for the ground breaking ceremony for our Fisheries Building to be constructed at Lena Point in Juneau ­ April 20, 2006.  The Advisory Council will meet next April in Juneau to participate in the ceremony. While in DC, I also stopped by the National Science Foundation (NSF) where I had a chance to meet with Dr. William Wiseman and Dr. Neil Swanberg from the Office of Polar Programs.  We discussed the upcoming NSF Bering Sea Study (BEST) and the plan by the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) for a Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (BSIERP).  Calls for proposals for both initiatives are on the street now.

Dr. David Christie, Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics at Oregon State University, visited Fairbanks October 8-11 to interview for the position of Director of the West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center.  Dr. Christie presented seminars to both the Institute of Marine Science faculty and students and to the Department of Geology.

October 12-14, I was back in DC again to attend my final UNOLS Council meeting.  I have served for six years on the UNOLS Council and have been able to follow the planning and design of the Alaska Region Research Vessel (ARRV).  I gave a presentation to the UNOLS Annual Meeting on the ARRV on October 14.

The next week took me to Kodiak (October 18 and 19) to attend the Marine Advisory Program (MAP) annual retreat and to Anchorage (October 21) for a meeting of the Fishery Industrial Technology Center (FITC) Advisory Board.  The MAP retreat provided me an opportunity to better understand the issues facing MAP agents around Alaska and to enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by Quentin Fong.  I can see why everyone looks forward to this annual event.

To make sure I did not miss traveling during any week in October, I attended the Alaska SeaLife Center Board meeting in Anchorage on October 28 in the same building as our MAP offices.  The trip gave me an opportunity to discuss development opportunities at breakfast with Lorali Carter, UA Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, and to have a luncheon meeting with MAP Leader Paula Cullenberg.

On October 31 (appropriately Halloween), I gave an overview of SFOS research activities to a group of Majority Members of the Alaska State House of Representatives who were visiting Fairbanks.  President Mark Hamilton and Chancellor Steve Jones arranged their visit so they could learn more about applied research in Alaska.

I am pleased to report that Dr. Gordon Kruse, President’s Professor of Fisheries, was elected to a three-year term as chair of the Fishery Science Committee of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) during their 14th annual meeting held in Vladivostok, Russia, during September 29 ­ October 9, 2005.  More information about his election is available on the SFOS web page.

Denis