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NCCOS Prepares Toxin Sensor for Gulf of Maine Red Tide Forecasting

An NCCOS technical expert completed critical calibrations of the paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin sensor for an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) platform stationed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems (LOSOS). Beginning in early May, this ESP will perform autonomous, near real-time monitoring of toxins associated with cells of the red […]

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NCCOS Leads Efforts to Prioritize Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Research

In 2014 access to drinking water in Toledo, Ohio was shut down due to cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins from Lake Erie. The National Science Foundation and NOAA responded with a workshop,“Global Solutions to Regional Problems: Collecting Global Expertise to Address the Problem of Harmful Algal Blooms,” at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, April 13-14, […]

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Technology Transfer of Toxin Detection Methods to South Korean Researchers

Two researchers from the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) visited the NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) laboratory in Charleston, SC for two weeks of intensive training on the use of mass spectrometry to detect several algal toxin classes, including domoic acid (DA), paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs), and […]

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New Partnerships in the Florida Keys Strengthen Early Warnings of Harmful Algal Blooms

A grant from the Ocean Reef Conservation Association (ORCA) to the Marine Resources Development Foundation enabled expansion of NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) monitoring sites in the Florida Keys. The Marine Resources Development Foundation has been an active volunteer group with PMN since 2012. With this ORCA grant and technical guidance from PMN, the Marine Resources […]

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NOAA Hollings Scholar Receives Multiple Awards

Jeffrey Good, a NOAA Hollings Scholar who interned at NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) last summer, was recently awarded a prestigious grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Jeff will be traveling to Semarang, Indonesia to work with Dr. Budi Widianarko, an environmental scientist and food technician at Soegijapranata Catholic University. […]

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Phytoplankton Monitoring Network Highlighted during National Volunteer Week

Public participation in scientific research is a growing trend. Citizen science, as it is called, typically involves data collection by members of the public who pass their information along to researchers trying to answer real-world questions. In support of National Volunteer Week (April 12–18), the National Ocean Service ran a social media campaign this week highlighting […]

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NCCOS Staff Support Regional Science Conference

Scientists from NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research helped lead the annual meeting of the Carolinas Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) last month in Raleigh, N.C. SETAC is a global professional organization with regional chapters located throughout the U.S. The organization’s meetings provide a forum where scientists, managers, […]

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NOAA Supports 2015 Middle School Career Fair

NCCOS scientist Marie DeLorenzo represented NOAA at last month’s Fort Johnson Middle School Career Fair in Charleston, SC. Approximately 525 students from grades 6 to 8 participated in the career fair, which featured 30 different local agencies and companies from government, industry, and academic sectors. Students were expected to talk to the professionals at booths they […]

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