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2013 FSUCML Open House Went Swimmingly!

As most of you already know, it was that time again this past Saturday, April 20, 2013. The FSUCML's Biennial Open House event! It only happens every other year and this year's event was no different from the others in that it was a huge success and everyone had a blast. Despite the predicted bad weather (which never came!) and other local events occurring on the same day, we had 1038 people come through the lab between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM. The crowd included everyone from adults to young children to students. Every single person seemed to be enjoying themselves and learning something! The theme for this year's Open House was "The Ocean of Tomorrow", in which we recognized the importance of scientists from different backgrounds working together to solve problems related to the coastal and marine environments. As it so happened, April 20th was also the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster, so the theme brought to mind the research being conducted by FSU scientists across the university.

As a special treat to our visitors, WPBT2's Changing Seas premiered a new episode from their season 5 series, which featured some of our very own scientists, graduate students, and technicians conducting research on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. This episode, titled "Creatures of the Deep", along with the rest of season 5, had not yet been seen by the public and will not be released to the public until June. We were able to air the episode at three different times with a great turnout at each showing. Changing Seas' series producer, Alexa Elliott, and production assistant, Julie Hollenbeck, discussed how nice it was to have a live audience and get to see and hear their reactions first-hand. They also commented on how intuitive some of the children in the audience were with one particular child asking "How is it possible for scientists to write underwater?" These documentary showings were preceded by two different lectures. The first was given by FSU Department of Biology's Dr. Tom Miller on Barrier Islands of Today and Tomorrow. His lecture was followed up by FSU Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science's Dr. Jeff Chanton on Oil Spill Three Years Later: Food Web Effects. Special thanks go to our AV set-up specialist, Luka Sharron, who seamlessly got each of our presenters set up and ready to go in our auditorium.

In addition to the lectures and documentary showings, we had a lot of other exhibits and activities around the lab. Some of the FSUCML's exhibits included a scavenger hunt for the kids, ROV demonstration, Academic Diving Program (ADP) "dive in the dark" game, displays by our scientists on the work that they do, crafts for the kids, oyster tonging, touch tanks, and tours of the RV APALACHEE. A new activity that we had for our visitors this year was the FSUCML silent auction. We ended up with a total of 45 items thanks to the many wonderful contributions, all of which were given out. The FSU Coastal & Marine Lab would like to extend its gratitude and sincerely thank all of our sponsors and silent auction contributors that are listed at the end of this page, as well as Croom's shuttle service, auxiliary police, security, and Posey's. In addition, thanks go to the following people for volunteering their time during the entire Open House event and ensuring the day ran smoothly: Heather Barrineau, Kamri - Colvin Reece, August Stone, Jessica Emerson, Kierstyn Tankersley, Tom Henson, Tyler Mertz, Devon Palpallatoc, Elizabeth Fowler, Alec Davis, Ashley Cunliffe, Michael Anderson, Mike Repchak, Alicia Brown, Samantha Bosman, Susan Bulloch, Erika Watson, Nancy Paul, Kathy Huock, Amanda Daughtry, Ryland Taylor, and Meaghan Faletti. The FSU Coastal & Marine Lab hopes you will join us again in two years at our next Open House!

To see more pictures of the event, please visit out Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fsucml .

The Ocean of Tomorrow

The FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory announces its Spring Open House on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10 am to 3 pm. It only happens every other year, so mark your calendars! From tiny tots to the most mature adults and those of us who never quite grew up -- there will be something to educate, fascinate and entertain everyone!

The theme for this year’s Open House is “The Ocean of Tomorrow,” in which we recognize the importance of scientists from different backgrounds working together to solve problems related to the coastal and marine environments.

Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Premiere of WPBT2's Changing Seas "Creatures of the Deep" documentary featuring FSUCML scientists
  • Tours of our new 65-ft research vessel, APALACHEE
  • Displays and activities presented by the scientists on their research
    • Coral Ecology
    • Deep Sea Sharks
    • Reef Fish Ecology
    • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
    • Mud Snails
    • Oyster Reef Ecology
    • Prototype for a Deep Ocean Probe
    • Pharmaceutical Research with Marine Bacteria
    • Physical Oceanography
    • Mercury Contamination in Fish
    • Stone Crabs
  • Activities Presented by Saturday-at-the-Sea (SATS)
    • Salty Seas
    • Hard Luck Stories
    • Touch Tanks
    • Thar She Blows! (sperm whale exhibit)
    • Irradiation Station (orient yourself with critters that naturally protect themselves from the sun)
    • Fishy, fishy, fish.....
  • Interactive displays by scientists from FSU and Florida conservation agencies
    • Florida Black Bear (FWC)
    • Meet the Gopher Tortoise (FWC)
    • Florida's Imperiled Species (FWC)
    • Alligator Point Sea Turtle Patrol
    • Sea Mobile (Gulf Specimen)
    • Fish for Your Health (Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Program)
  • Silent auction with some great prizes available (bidding will end at 2:30 PM)
    • Two Changing Seas DVD sets, seasons 1-4 (provided by Changing Seas)
    • Picnic trip to Dog Island onboard the RV APALACHEE (provided by FSUCML)
    • Pontoon boat tour to either Baymouth Bar or Lanark Reef (provided by FSUCML)
    • Hand-painted wine glasses (provided by Kathy Houck)
    • Jimbo Fisher signed FSU football (provided by Bill Woodyard)
    • Mike Martin signed FSU baseball (provided by Bill Woodyard)
    • Cooler filled with goodies (provided by Marpan Recycling)
    • Pure Fishing baits, lures, lines, rods, reels, and cleaning board (provided by Keith Jones)
    • 2-disc set of Apalachicola River: An American Treasure (provided by S&S Tedder)
    • A kayak trip for 2 (provided by Ray's Kayaks & Excursions, LLC)
    • Party for 12 certificate for frozen yogurt (provided by Nuberri)
    • $100 Whole Foods gift card (provided by Martha Dobes)
    • Wyland lithograph (provided by Wyland)
    • 4 signed lithographs & a copy of Waltzes with Giants (provided by Peter C. Stone)
    • Gift basket with $50 gift card to Seineyard Restaurant, $75 gift certificate for golf for two at the SouthWood Golf Club, and other items (provided by The Naumann Group)
    • 10% off discount card to local stores (provided by Dennis Tinsley)
    • Handmade oyster shell jewelry (provided by Caty Greene)
    • FSUCML original artwork (provided by FSUCML)
    • Hand-made silk scarf (provided by Joyce Estes)
    • Hand-made marine epoxy necklaces (provided by Tanya Rogers)
    • Framed artwork of St. Marks Lighthouse (provided by Ron Piasecki)
    • Beatriz Ball hand-made fine metalware lobster serving tray (provided by Charming Comfort's Karen Martin)
  • "In the Know" Talks in the FSUCML Auditorium
    • 10:30 am - Dr. Tom Miller (FSU Biology), Barrier Islands of Today and Tomorrow
    • 10:50 am - Dr. Jeff Chanton (FSU EOAS), Oil Spill Three Years Later: Food Web Effects
    • 11:15 am - WPBT2's Changing Seas "Creatures of the Deep" Documentary
    • 12:30 pm - WPBT2's Changing Seas "Creatures of the Deep" Documentary
    • 1:45 pm - WPBT2's Changing Seas "Creatures of the Deep" Documentary
  • Scavenger hunt for the kids
  • Food available for purchase from a local vendor, Posey's
  • Plenty of parking

Gather your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and associates, and take a beautiful drive down to the coast for a day of fun! Can't wait to see you again!

If you are interested in sponsoring, volunteering, or setting up an exhibit at our Open House, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Brittany Sims at bcsims@fsu.edu and she can provide you with more information

Download the flyer here

Listen to FSU Headlines radio ad here

Watch the Open House video produced by Southern Breeze Media and sponsored by Franklin County Tourist Development Council:


Silent Auction Contributors

FSU College of Business's Bill Woodyard

S&S Tedder's Sammy Tedder

Ray's Kayaks & Excursions, LLC

FSUCML Board of Trustee member, Martha Dobes

Apalachicola Library's Caty Greene

Bay Art and Frame and Sea Oats Gallery's Joyce Estes

FSUCML Board of Trustees Member, Ron Piasecki