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Rosenstiel School Breaks Ground on One-of-a-Kind Seawater Complex

(L-R) Thad Dameris, managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Houston office; Alfred C. Glassell, III; UM Rosenstiel School Dean Roni Avissar; University Trustee and Former Board Chair Marta Weeks Wulf; Lady Blanka Rosenstiel; Stella Fiotes, chief facilities management officer at NIST; Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM executive vice president and provost; Leonard Abess, chair of the UM Board of Trustees; and Sebastian the Ibis.

MIAMI — Community leaders, government representatives, university officials, philanthropists and scientists were on-hand to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony and reception for the new Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex on the Virginia Key campus of the University of Miami, June 7. The project, supported through a $15 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the National Institute for Standards and Technology and philanthropic donations, will result in the creation of a one-of-a-kind seawater facility that will help to advance marine science and improve lives.

The state-of-the-art complex will have two major components: a) Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction (SUSTAIN) laboratory with a 28,000 gallon tank of seawater will be the only facility in the world with a wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of generating Category 5 hurricane force winds in a 3D test environment. B) Marine Life Sciences Center, a dedicated space for maintaining and studying living marine animals including fish, corals and sea hares. Laboratories will also be used to study the relationship between the oceans and human health, including the effects of harmful algal blooms and pharmaceuticals discharged into the oceans.

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