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External Panel Focuses on Laboratory’s Future

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) recently completed an onsite retreat as a means to integrate external expert recommendations and guidance to help develop future research investments for the laboratory.

On February 28th and 29th, NCCOS administrators and scientists hosted four external panelists at the laboratory. The external panelists included:

  • Dr. Tracy Collier (Science Advisor, NOAA, Oceans and Human Health)
  • Dr. Tony Haymet (Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Dr. Christopher Portier (Director, National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry, Center for Disease Control)
  • Dr. Stephen Weisberg (Executive Director, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project)

During their visit, the panelists were presented with an overview of HML as well as current research efforts that showcased HML’s unique partnership comprised of representatives from the College of Charleston (CofC), Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

As part of the retreat, the panelist were also provided with demographic and funding data in order to critically evaluate current and future needs of the facility. Finally, the external panelists were provided a tour of the campus that showcased many of the research programs and state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation.

The panelists have been charged with taking the previously described information and assimilating it into a list of detailed recommendations that will help the laboratory establish a unique identity when compared to other national research laboratories.

NCCOS anticipates that the panelists’ draft report will be submitted to the director within 60 days of completing the onsite assessment.

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