This lecture series is sponsored by Dr. George Grice III in memory of his father, Dr. George Grice, Jr. He was a well-known marine biologist who dedicated his life to the study of marine biology. Dr. Grice spent most of his career at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The laboratory was named in honor of the 14th president of the College, Dr. George D. Grice, the father of George D. Grice, Jr and grandfather of the sponsor.
This year the seminar was given on Friday, March 19th in the MRRI auditorium. The speaker was Richard Satterlie. from University of North Carolina Wilmington. The title of the lecture was Neural Control of Jellyfish Swimming: A Tale of Two Georges. In addition to being an accomplished researcher, Dr. Satterlie is also an accomplished novelist. There was a lovely reception for the speaker after the seminar.
Shelly Brew was nominated as an Outstanding Staff Member for the 2010 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards. These awards honor students, faculty, staff who promote diversity and excellence on the college campus. Shelly has been the Administrative Assistant for the Grice Marine Laboratory and the Graduate Program in Marine Biology since 2000. Her favorite part about her job is interacting with the students.
GPMB adjunct faculty member, Dr. A. Frederick Holland, received the 2009 Environmental Awareness Award on Wednesday, March 31, 2009. Mr. Scott English, Governor Mark Sanford’s Chief of Staff, presented the award on the Governor’s behalf at the Harbison State Forest Environmental Education Center. This award recognized Dr. Holland’s outstanding contributions toward the protection, conservation and improvement of the state’s coastal environment. Fred Holland was the director of the Marine Resources Research Institute (SCDNR) before he became the director of the Hollings Marine Laboratory (NOAA) in 2001. During his presentation, Mr. English said, “Fred Holland is not just a steward of natural resources in South Carolina, he is a pioneer and in some cases, a national trend-setter for protecting and preserving our coastal resources. Fred’s legacy is important for two reasons. He has been able to translate in-depth scientific research for policymakers and the average person in making decisions that affect our communities. At the same time, he has mentored a new generation of marine scientists who will carry on his work in marine sciences.”
Marine biology graduate student, David Shiffman, published an article titled ‘”A Sea Change” in the Point of View section of the College of Charleston magazine. In this article David discusses how his passion for sharks led him to pursue a career in marine biology. In addition to his research, David writes about shark biology and conservation in the blog Southern Fried Science. Many species of sharks are threatened from the results of by-catch and overfishing. David hopes to educate the public on the value of sharks in his upcoming book titled Why Sharks Matter: The Ecological and Economic Importance of Sharks, Threats They Face, and How You Can Help.