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3 Woods Hole scientific institutions forge alliance to address societal issues
Date:4/2/2009

um in the future and seeing the new discoveries made as this evolves. The work being done in Woods Hole is something beneficial to the entire planet. I think it's wonderful that these institutions are coming together for the betterment of all our lives," said Representative Madden.

"There is strength in numbers, so it's exciting to see these institutions join together to address climate change, energy and other environmental issues," added Mr. Culver. "On the economic development side, they create more than ideas. They create good jobs and serve as the backbone of the regional economy. I look forward to working with the consortium to support the members as they develop new programs and initiatives."

A major goal of the consortium is to strengthen Woods Hole's reputation as an international hub of scientific excellence by accelerating research outcomes and attracting new funding sources. The alliance is also expected to create new opportunities for job growth in the region through scientific advancements enabling spin-off companies.

Although each participating institution will maintain its individual identity, the consortium will facilitate research and educational collaborations that capitalize on the complementary strengths of the institutions in areas of mutual concern, including:

  • Climate change and its impacts
  • Sustainable energy
  • Earth's processes and cycles
  • Land-ocean-atmosphere interactions
  • Oceans and human health
  • Living marine resources and biodiversity
  • Human impacts on our planet's environment

According to MBL Director and CEO Gary Borisy, the Woods Hole Consortium makes perfect sense. "The missions of the MBL, WHOI, and WHRC are complementary and synergistic," he said. "This unique and powerful scientific partnership will be more effective than the sum of the individual efforts of these institutions. By working together, we can serve society with our
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Contact: Gina Hebert
ghebert@mbl.edu
508-289-7725
Marine Biological Laboratory
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