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NOAA Supports Middle School Career Fair

Taking advantage of an opportunity to inform the public about the importance of NOAA science, NCCOS staff participated in last month’s Fort Johnson Middle School Career Fair in Charleston, South Carolina. Approximately 525 students from grades 6–8 attended the career fair, which featured 30 different local agencies and companies representing government, industry, and academia. NOAA’s […]

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NCCOS Judges 2016 SeaPerch Challenge for Middle and High School Students

NCCOS researchers provided scientific support to the 2016 SeaPerch Challenge by serving as judges in the Charleston, South Carolina, competition this month. SeaPerch is an innovative, underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources needed to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a kit of low-cost, […]

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Robotic Environmental Sample Processor Conserves Samples for HAB Species Identification

Sponsored researchers with the NCCOS ECOHAB project looking at regional harmful algal bloom “hotspots” off coastal California are testing the feasibility of using a robotic water quality and toxin detection device, the Environmental Sample Processor or ESP, to collect the glass cells (silicon frustules) of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia for species identification and assessing geographic distribution. Certain species […]

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Inspiring Future Scientists: NCCOS Participates in My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aims to broaden participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. As part of National Labs Week, volunteers from the NCCOS Charleston lab: Marie DeLorenzo, Maggie Broadwater, Cindy Cooksey, and Joe Wade, conducted a marine science education event with children in grades K-5 from a local […]

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NCCOS Provides Training to a Centralized Algal Toxin Testing Laboratory for Southeast Alaskan Tribes

NCCOS scientists provided training and technical guidance to scientific staff of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Regulatory Laboratory (STAERL) on the extraction and detection of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins (PST). The NCCOS-developed receptor binding assay being taught, an Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) accepted method, can help secure the food supply against these potent toxins. […]

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Charleston Lab Adopt-A-Highway Participation Enters 26th Year

NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) recently began its 26th year of volunteering in PalmettoPride’s Adopt-A-Highway program, an effort to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina. Over the past 25 years, the hard work of CCEHBR volunteers has produced 1,115 30-gallon bags of trash, weighing a grand total of 8.4 tons. […]

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NCCOS Scientists attend Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Conference

NCCOS staff and scientists from CCEHBR in Charleston, SC recently attended the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in Tampa, Florida. The conference drew over 2,000 scientists, policymakers, students, and other stakeholders. CCEHBR’s presentations focused on oil and dispersant effects in estuarine organisms, toxicity effects to mesophotic octocorals, and oil spill related […]

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Maryland’s Nutrient Trading Program Educates Stakeholders

In order to prepare stakeholders for the implementation of Maryland’s revised nutrient trading guidance, the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Agriculture sponsored the Nutrient Trading Symposium in collaboration with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Maryland Grain Producers . The symposium was held on Friday, January 8, 2016 at […]

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