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.

When OSG faculty seek outside grants, they should be guided by the following principles:

The work should:

  • Fall within the broad mandates of OSG and the national Sea Grant priority areas
  • Not jeopardize OSG position of non-advocacy
  • Not interfere with existing commitments to OSG funding sources
  • Be designed for sustainability beyond the short term
  • Not jeopardize the use of matching funds previously committed or needed for OSG’s omnibus plan or other funded projects.

Steve Brandt

Steve Brandt:  Looking Forward

Stephen Brandt, program director

(Full PowerPoint presentation now available here).

Key points:

National program level:

NOAA Climate Service – a new line office with elements from OAR (NOAA Research). Sea Grant remains in OAR for the time being. Climate Service represents new opportunities for Sea Grant – in funding, in collaboration, in outreach. It remains to be seen how it will affect OAR/Sea Grantfunding and budget priorities.

Planning, Implementation, Evaluation (PIE) – We’ve spent a lot of time and effort developing our strategic plan. We will be evaluated against our strategic plan and our implementation plan, and how well we do compared to what we said we could do.

More attention will be paid to measures of our social impact. “If you put a milestone in your plan – ‘I’m going to double the number of communities that do thus-and-such’ – we’ll be evaluated based on whether you achieve that.”

All program activities are included – in an integrated manner.

Performance reviews: Anual, 4-year site reviews and 4-year performance reviews (which incorporate the annual reviews).

“If we’re successful we will get a rating and that leads to money.” But “success ” means not only reaching our milestones, but exceeding them.

The national office expects that any budget increase the program gets will go into the merit pool, and be divided among highest-performing programs. But even if there is no federal budget increase, a high rating in the national review reflects well on us with the university, which bases its own assessment of OSG on our national reviews.

There’s also value in being able to demonstrate that what we do is of measurable value to the state.

The review process is far less burdensome to the programs now, too.  We recently had our first annual review from Jim Murray [see presentation], and it went “extremely well.”

Site visit is Oct. 5-6, 2010. Just 1.5 days, probably entirely on campus, and they’ll meet only with management team, OSU officials, etc. The intent is to look at our management and organization, stakeholder engagement and collaboration with Sea Grant and other partners.


  • Steve  plans meetings with other institutions
  • Also planning another coastal trip March 20-28
  • Nearshore Research Task Force
    Established by state law to address needs for coordinated and trusted nearshore research in Oregon.  Recomendations due to the legislature by Aug.1.  Steve was elected chair. They’ve written two proposals and received funding to operate workshops and gather information.  If it bears fruit, this could provide a new way to integrate marine science into policy, management, education and outreach – and new funding mechanisms.


OSU Marine Council

  • Establishing action coordination teams to address specific marine science issues, from the NOAA Fleet relocation to identifying emerging action issues.
  • Provides a single mechanism for getting involved in the university’s approaches to marine science.

Oregon Sea Grant

  • Strategic and Implementation plans: “This is not just a planning exercise. This is what we’re going to do.”
  • New staff directory
  • ODFW fellows interviews just completed
  • Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars – undergrad fellows to be placed in resource management agencies.
  • Three vacancies on Advisory Council; Steve is interviewing people; feel free to submit names by the end of March. We’re looking in particular for business, tribal, new geographic areas, etc.
  • New organization structure – Jay’s position will be split into two posts – a fulltime Sea Grant Extension leader and a fulltime Associate Director for Program Development (not yet funded).
  • OSG can make a strong case to continue our program structure as it is, even in the face of institutional discussions about program mergers and consolidation .
  • Next RFP begins in November and we need to decide what areas of research to emphasize.
  • New policy on external funding: “Sea Grant Faculty are encouraged to seek external funding to enhance their professional development, scholarly activities, and promote the goals of Oregon Sea Grant and OSU. Senior personel working on external projects will receive 50% of the salary brought by the project on an accrued basis. Accruals will be distributed in individual operating budgets at the beginning of each fiscal year.” The returned money can be spent to hire student assistants, etc.