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Recent Awards and Recognition


SEA President Peg Brandon among Five to Receive Honorary Degrees from University of Rhode Island

Posted on: April 12, 2019

KINGSTON, R.I.—April 11, 2019—A former congressman who led the fight for health insurance parity for those with mental health and substance use disorders, an educator who uses tall ships as platforms to educate college students about the ocean and environment, the founding director of the leading international engineering program, a renowned musician and philanthropist, and a former college president will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Rhode Island at its 133rd Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies Sunday, May 19.

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Plastics research co-authored by Dr. Kara Lavender Law is “2018 Statistic of the Year”

Posted on: December 19, 2018
SEA Semester

SEA in the News
Year’s scariest statistic: 90.5% of plastic not recycled
CBS News

Britain’s Royal Statistical Society has selected an eye-opening statistic on the proportion of plastic that is never recycled as its “statistic of the year.” The stat - 90.5 percent - comes from a global analysis of plastics co-authored last year by Dr. Roland Geyer, University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia, and our own Dr. Kara Lavender Law, Research Professor of Oceanography at Sea Education Association.

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SEA Receives Walter Cronkite Award

Posted on: November 05, 2018
By: Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

The National Maritime Historical Society presented Sea Education Association with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education at an awards dinner held Thursday, Oct, 25th at the New York Yacht Club.

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Dr. Jan Witting Discusses SEA Research and the PIPA Trust

Posted on: September 27, 2018
SEA Semester

SEA Professor of Oceanography Jan Witting recently completed his 5th research expedition to the remote Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) with SEA Semester class S-281, Protecting the Phoenix Islands. As a member of PIPA’s Scientific Advisory Committee, he will be contributing data collected on his voyages at a meeting of the PIPA Trust later this month.

Q: Jan, can you begin by briefly telling us more about both PIPA’s Scientific Advisory Committee and the PIPA Trust.

A: When the Phoenix Islands Protected Area was established in 2006, it was by an act of Kiribati parliament. In that legal framework, the PIPA Conservation Trust has the task of guiding and governing the operation and future development of PIPA, working with a broad array of international partners. The Trust oversees the funds that have been raised to help compensate Kiribati for lost fishing license revenue. Under the Trust, the PIPA implementation office (PIO) is a body whose job it is to implement the Trust’s decisions on the ground. The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) serves to inform both the PIO and the Trust to advise them of the current scientific understanding of a broad array of topics relevant to managing the ecosystems within PIPA. Members of the SAC come from many different disciplines and backgrounds, and some of us are involved in active research programs within PIPA.

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SEA’s Dr. Kara Lavender Law to testify on Capitol Hill

Posted on: September 19, 2018

Dr. Kara Lavender Law, SEA Research Professor of Oceanography, will testify about ocean plastics pollution before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Wednesday, Sept. 26th, beginning at 10 am.

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