Betzer, P. R. University of South Florida,
Normile, M. J. St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, Inc.,
Barnes, A. Times Publishing Company,

In just 30 years, the University of South Florida Department of Marine Science has evolved into an internationally-recognized leader in advanced oceanographic research housed in a distinctive waterfront campus. Its story begins in 1967 when USF established a marine science institute on a small 11-acre branch campus on Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg, Florida. Initially three faculty set up makeshift laboratories in an old merchant marine training facility to mentor graduate students working toward master's degrees. Today the department includes 34 faculty, 10 professional engineers, 87 support staff and 119 graduate students. It is also an integral part of a major marine research/education complex in downtown St Petersburg that includes six research agencies employing more than 600 people. The rapid transformation of USF's marine science program and the related research complex is in large part a product of effective collaborations involving: community business leaders, faculty, other agencies, USF, the city of St. Petersburg, private citizens, members of Florida's legislature and our congressman. Our local business community has been proactively involved by: 1) creating endowments that support graduate students, lecture series and educational outreach programs; 2) generating legislative support to build and equip new laboratory facilities; 3) securing critical state funding to expand faculty, engineering and support staff; and 4) making it possible for the University to attract other marine research groups. Given the increased pressure for public funds for higher education and for scientific research, the St. Petersburg community model might provide a basis for activating effective local partnerships.
Day: Friday, Feb. 5
Time: 04:30 - 04:45pm
Location: Eldorado Hotel
Code: SS12FR0430E