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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

'40 Years of Bay Science' Symposium Features Top Chesapeake Scientists February 13

SALISBURY, MD---In the late 1960s, government leaders and scientists began to take a special interest in the Chesapeake Bay.

Following the formation of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 1969, scientists started researching the nation’s largest estuary in earnest—and a handful of them never stopped.

Four decades later, Salisbury University brings together leading researchers whose work has advanced understanding of the Chesapeake over that time during the day-long symposium “40 Years of Bay Science” 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, February 13, in Devilbiss Hall Auditorium. Participants include:

• Rich Batiuk, associate director for science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program Office;
• Don Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES);
• Bill Boicourt, UMCES Horn Point Laboratory professor;
• Denise Breitburg, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center senior scientist;
• Ed Houde, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory professor;
• Mark Luckenbach – Virginia Institute of Marine Science Eastern Shore Laboratory director;
• Bob Orth, Virginia Institute of Marine Science professor; and
• J. Court Stevenson, UMCES Horn Point Laboratory professor.

Award-winning Chesapeake Bay author and SU adjunct faculty Tom Horton moderates the day’s discussions.
“The Chesapeake Bay is where research on estuaries was born, and these scientists are all tops in their fields,” he said. “They’ve committed their lives to both science and the bay.”

Sponsored by the SU Environmental Issues Program, Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, and Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.



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