This collection consists of exhibits, digital ephemera and digital photographs taken at the 50th Anniversary of the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory's September 28, 1961 dedication. On September 20, 2011, guests that included representatives from NOAA, NMFS, and the State of New Jersey; neighboring environmental organizations and partners, such as Clean Ocean Action, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and the American Littoral Society, which was also celebrating its own 50th Anniversary; and former staff gathered to commemorate the Laboratory's record of research and oftentimes challenging history. The event program included a morning ceremony with speakers who addressed the Laboratory past, current and future scientific research, followed by unveiling of a new National Park Service interpretive sign, tours of the Laboratory’s Research Vessel Nauvoo and both Laboratory buildings, and scientific research exhibits.
Daniel Wieczorek, a Marine Chemistry Branch Physical Science Technician, explains the Laboratory's experimental system for manipulating carbonate chemistry to Eric Schwaab, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, and Steven K. Brown, Chief of the Assessment and Monitoring Division of the NMFS Office of Science and Technology. The Laboratory was selected as NOAA’s lead entity in the Northeast for ocean acidification research as a consequence of its unique facilities, the expertise of its staff, and its early interest in the topic. Mr. Wieczorek and Dr. Matthew Poach were the principal investigators for the system shown in the photograph; their project is a key step forward in researching the impacts of ocean acidification upon priority species.
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The items in this collection consist of exhibits, digital ephemera and a selection of photographs taken by three NEFSC staff members at the Laboratory’s 50th Anniversary commemoration. The photographers provided Lionel A. Walford Library with copies of their photographs of the event, and the Library is maintaining the images, as well as other related 50th Anniversary files, on a server to ensure their long-term availability.