University Of Connecticut News

The newly lengthened R/V Connecticut is now underway with a full slate of missions through midyear (Photo: Glosten)

Lengthened Research Vessel Gets a New Life

The R/V Connecticut operated by the University of Connecticut (UConn) Marine Sciences program was recently lengthened from 76 feet to 90 feet, giving scientists and crew on board the oceanographic research vessel some much needed extra space.   The 1998-built R/V Connecticut had been operating at its original length of 76 feet since its construction, but the vessel required additional staterooms and lab space. “Things were pretty cramped at the old length,” said Turner Cabaniss, the program’s marine operations manager. “The vessel's operations had outgrown what could be

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

that produce a 20 to 30 percent improvement over wild plants. Lindell said the team expects to develop novel genomic tools that will accelerate the production of improved plants while decreasing the need for costly offshore field evaluations.   Other partners in the project include the University of Connecticut-Stamford, which will develop the kelp strains and families for breeding; the USDA Agriculture Research Service at Cornell, which will apply DNA sequencing and genomic analysis to direct selective breeding for important traits; and GreenWave, which will operate the open ocean farming system

In an earlier NOAA-funded project, derelict fishing gear and other large marine debris were removed from remote Alaskan shorelines by the Gulf of Alaska Keeper. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Backs Marine Debris Removal/Research

University ($195,837) will use a risk assessment framework to quantify microplastics (plastic pieces <5mm in size) in water, sediment and bivalves at three sites in American Samoa, and assess the types and concentrations of organic contaminants in those microplastics.   The University of Connecticut ($257,531) will identify what effects microplastic consumption has on oysters, what types of microplastics are most likely to be consumed by oysters, and increase understanding of how microplastics are impacting marine resources.   University of North Carolina at Wilmington

ROV Hatchet Black Sea MAP Investigative Underwater Vehicle (Credit: Martin Hartley)

Final Cruise Sets Sail for Black Sea MAP

Adams; Professor Lyudmil Vagalinsky of the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; and Dr. Kalin Dimitrov, director of the Center of Underwater Archaeology in Sozopol, Bulgaria.   Working in partnership, the team from the U.K., Bulgaria, the University of Connecticut in the U.S., Sweden, Norway, Greece and Ukraine has collected unprecedented amounts of data using cutting edge technology, allowing it to significantly further the understanding of this crucial part of the world in the development of humankind.   This third cruise will allow the

Scientists recover an ROV during fish surveys offshore the California coast (Photo by Ann Bull, BOEM)

Ocean Energy Committee Members Selected -BOEM

activities and support discussions on relevant issues. Its first meeting is scheduled for December 8 and 9 at the Academies in Washington, D.C.   Members of the committee are: Chair: Dr. Gary B. Griggs—University of California, Santa Cruz Dr. Peter J. Auster—University of Connecticut Deerin Babb-Brott—SeaPlan Dr. Keith R. Criddle—University of Alaska, Fairbanks Dr. Hajo Eicken—University of Alaska, Fairbanks Dr. Paul G. Falkowski—Rutgers University Dr. Mary (Missy) H. Feeley—ExxonMobil (Retired) Dr. Mardi C

Horizon Marine Adds Three New Hires

. Drew’s physical and biological oceanographic research and experience is in data processing, numerical modeling and remote sensing.     Aaron Rosenberg received a B.S. in Marine Science from Boston University and dual M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Oceanography from the University of Connecticut. Aaron’s focus to date has been in air-sea interactions as they relate to storm surge forecasting, numerical modeling and ocean observations.   Michael Leber is a 2013 cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where he earned his B.S in Environmental Science/Atmos

Sandor Becz (Photo: Hydroid)

Hydroid Hires New VP of Engineering

, organizational management and program execution. Prior to UTAS, Becz was head of global R&D for Lenze S.E., a developer of automation and robotic systems for industrial applications. Becz holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Connecticut, respectively, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has performed original research in fluid mechanics and hydrodynamics, complex systems design and modeling, and hybrid power systems. Becz is the author of more than 30 articles and holds two patents.   In order to accommodate

Dr. Harold Robinson (Photo: NUWC)

Dr. Harold Robinson Named Top Scientist of the Year

without changing the drive electronics. One of his designs holds the world record in acoustic power/volume and acoustic power/weight metrics used by sonar transducer designers.    Robinson holds bachelor of science, masters of science and doctorate degrees in physics from the University of Connecticut. He will receive his 2014 ASN Top Scientist and Engineer Award at a special ceremony at the Pentagon in June

Fishery Model Helps Boost Profits, Sustainability

A new model, developed by economists at Duke University and the University of Connecticut, which resulted from identifying efficient fishing practices and behaviors, may help fishermen earn larger paychecks while reducing the risk of fishery depletion.   “We’re not talking about a trivial improvement. In some cases, we found that identifying the most efficient practices led to a 20 percent annual increase in total revenues if the fishery is managed differently,” said Martin D. Smith, professor of environmental economics at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

Photo: Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Selected as Maritime Research Center of Excellence

also include the following partner institutions: MIT, University of Miami, Rutgers University, University of Puerto Rico and Elizabeth City State University. Stevens also has new partners with which it will collaborate on research projects, including LSU, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Connecticut. "This award comes after a nearly year-long competition that challenged our researchers and education staff to demonstrate the impact of their present work, and to articulate their vision for the next five years,” said Michael Bruno, Feiler Chair Professor and Dean, School

Dr. Michael A. Alfultis

Alfultis Appointed President of SUNY Maritime

Dr. Michael A. Alfultis, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain, and the director and chief administrative officer of the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus, has been named as the next president of the SUNY Maritime College. Dr. Alfultis’ appointment was affirmed today by the SUNY Board of Trustees who met in Buffalo. He will begin his Maritime presidential duties on Monday, July 14. With more than 20 years of undergraduate teaching experience and 13 years of progressive academic administrative responsibility at both military and civilian institutions of higher education

PMI Names New Senior Project Engineer

products. He is skilled in product design, project management, strategic planning, design/production analysis, design for manufacturing and enterprise research planning. His education, certifications and memberships include Licensed Professional Engineer, Master of Science from the University of Connecticut, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Technical Consultants certification, and membership in the Project Management Institute

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