Filed Under (Live-blogging, Sea Grant) by admin on 16-02-2010

(Megan Kleibacker and Jamie Doyle facilitating)

Small-group sharing of current projects with the following parameters:

  1. What is the project, why is it exciting, what is your role, who are the partners?
  2. How does it tie to a Sea Grant focus area goal (healthy people, healthy planet, healty economy)?
  3. Are there integrated elements of Communication, Education, Extension, or Research?
  4. What outcomes or impacts are anticipated over time?

with group discussion of linkages with other OSG program areas and projects.


Table 1: Discussed the possibility of putting together a small tsunami preparedness publication for hotel visitors – but considered that hotels might resist. Why not add  items of interest at the coast, information about the HMSC, coastal Web sites, etc.? Suggestion: Pilot project involving Extension faculty,l HMSC and communications/publications.

Table 2: Tsunami Quest! Incorporate the place-based Quest educational program with Pat Corcoran’s tsunami preparedness work. Extension,

Table 3: Issues discussed included climate preparation, water pollution and endocrine disruptors, marine spatial planning, siting of wave energy facilities – all  topics at the edge of what we’re trying to work on, with significant communication challenges and opportunities. Maybe we need to have some internal seminars to share our own best practices in a way that might be mutually beneficial to all of us.

Table 4:  A diverse group talked about the Oregon master naturalist program, a  Northwest Fisheries Science Center ocean exhibit, life cycle of salmon, videography. How are these connected? Alan Rumbaugh: One frustration on the advisory council as someone working on the development side of the equation is the desire to see certain research projects take place – but they never get proposed. It would be nice if there were more research about the “black box” of the ocean. Perhaps such research could be incorporated into the exhibitry and naturalist programs the group discussed

Table 5: Projects include aquatic/marine science partnerships, WISE invasives project, spatial planning – and Eric has been charged with coming up with a mnemonic for tsunami preparedness. Outcome: People will remember what to do. Elements: Education (Quest), PSAs written by kids (via WISE); hotel and room card, Extension integration and research, etc.

Table 6: Broad range of projects: K-12 ocean literacy, low-impact development in small communities, online book shopping, tribal seafood production plant, Rogue River estuary. The group had trouble figuring out how they overlap. Patricia Andersson talked about trying to take communications to a broader level, getting in on the beginning of projects to find where communications  can have the largest impact.