Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies (CMS) were recognized for their accomplishments at Honors Day ceremonies held Friday, May 7, at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Dean Carolyn A. Thoroughgood presided over the ceremony and along with Dr. Nancy M. Targett, associate dean of CMS, presented awards to the recipients. Guest speaker was CMS alumnus Dr. David M. Einolf, manager of Pacific Northwest Compliance and Operations Services, Dames and Moore, Inc., in Portland, Oregon.
Now in its 29th year, CMS is a graduate college whose mission is to advance the knowledge, wise use, and conservation of global, estuarine, and coastal ocean environments through a program of excellence in research, teaching, and service. Students specialize in a specific marine research program but gain a working knowledge in other areas through interdisciplinary study and hands-on experience designed to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, and public service. CMS also serves as home to the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program, a partnership among federal and state governments, universities, industry, and the public, focused on the wise use, conservation, and management of marine and coastal resources.
The E. Sam Fitz Award, recognizing the CMS student who has displayed the greatest aptitude for professional development in the field of marine studies, was awarded to Thomas M. Arnold, Ph.D. graduate in marine biology-biochemistry.
The following students were recognized for outstanding theses and dissertations:
Thomas M. Arnold, Ph.D. graduate in marine biology-biochemistry, and Guebuem Kim, Ph.D. graduate in oceanography, received the Frances Severance Award for best student thesis or dissertation within CMS. Rosemarie Hinkel, master's student in marine policy, received the Center for the Study of Marine Policy Award for the best research paper by a student in marine policy. Functioning within CMS, the center focuses on legal, political, and economic marine issues. Brian T. Glazer, master's student in marine biology-biochemistry, received the Thomas H. Hinkle Award in recognition of his research involving Delaware's Inland Bays.
Academic Council Awards for the best thesis or dissertation within a program area were awarded to Thomas M. Arnold, dissertation in marine biology-biochemistry; Ampai Harakunarak, dissertation in marine policy; Yun He, dissertation in applied ocean science; and Guebuem Kim, dissertation in oceanography.
Publications Awards to recognize outstanding student publications went to Milen F. Dyoulgerov, doctoral student in marine policy, for "Navigating the Bosporus and the Dardanelles: A Test for the International Community," published in The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law; Jinglan Wu, Ph.D. graduate in marine biology-biochemistry for "Salinity Adaptation of Plasma Membrane H -ATPase in the Salt Marsh Plant Spartina patens: ATP Hydrolysis and Enzyme Kinetics," co-authored with Dr. Denise M. Seliskar, and published in the Journal of Experimental Botany; and Jianhua Ye, Ph.D. graduate in oceanography, for "A Model Study of Estuary and Shelf Tidally Driven Circulation," co-authored with Dr. Richard W. Garvine, and published in Continental Shelf Research.
The following internal fellowships and scholarships were presented:
Cecelia Linder, master's student in marine biology-biochemistry, and Emiko Maruyama, master's student in marine policy, received Marian R. Okie Fellowships granted on the basis of academic and research excellence and demonstrated leadership abilities. Cecily C. Natunewicz, doctoral student in oceanography, and Arun Chawla, doctoral student in civil engineering, received Delaware Sea Grant student awards in recognition of excellence in student research in the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. Gina M. Perovich, master's student in marine biology-biochemistry, received the Dr. Paul R. Austin Sea Grant Student Fellowship, granted on the basis of academic and research excellence in the field of biochemistry. The University Tuition Scholarship was presented to Robin M. Tyler, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry.
President's Fellowships for academic and research accomplishments were awarded to Michael B. Jones, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry, and Richard A. Wong, master's student in marine biology-biochemistry.
CMS Program Fellowships were granted to a student in each CMS program on the basis of academic accomplishments. Recipients for 1998­1999 are Allison Y. Beauregard, master's student in oceanography; Susan M. Bunsick, master's student in marine policy; Carrie Y. Kopin, master's student in marine biology-biochemistry; Wenkai Qin, doctoral student in applied ocean science, and Edward J. Stewart, doctoral student in physical ocean science and engineering.
Ten oceanography students received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Traineeships/
Fellowships in Coastal Oceanography. They are Cecily C. Natunewicz, doctoral student (1995­2000); Carol D. Janzen, doctoral student (1996­1998 and 1999­2000); Maria G. Honeycutt, doctoral student (1995­1997 and 1995­2000); Olivia A. Hauser, master's student, Susan Park, doctoral student, and Michael W. Whitney, master's student (1998­2000); Allison Y. Beauregard, master's student, Alexander E. Parker, master's student, Linda C. Popels, master's student, and Frances M. Pustizzi, master's student (1999­2000).
Many students received special recognition from international, national, and regional organizations. Thomas M. Arnold, doctoral graduate in marine biology-biochemistry, and Carol D. Janzen, doctoral candidate in oceanography, received the National Science Foundation Ocean Science Board Travel Award. Katherine E. Bunting-Howarth, doctoral student in marine policy, received a Student Travel Award from UD's Commission on the Status of Women. Bunting-Howarth and Carrie Y. Kopin, master's student in marine biology-biochemistry, were named NOAA graduate research fellows in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Fellowship Program. Two students received research scholarships from the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen, Inc. - Olivia A. Hauser, master's student in oceanography, for her project related to the "coral beds" of the Delaware Bay and Richard A. Wong, master's student in marine biology-biochemistry, for his project related to tautog. Ursula A. Howson, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry, received the Philanthropic Education Organization Scholar Award. Dosoo Jang, doctoral candidate in marine policy, and Alison Sipe, master's graduate in marine biology-biochemistry, received Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships in the National Sea Grant Federal Fellows Program. Matthew C. Schwartz, doctoral student in oceanography, received the Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship for 1998­2001.
Faculty also were recognized for their teaching and research. Robert W. Knecht, professor of marine policy, was the first recipient of the award for "Distinguished Scholarship and Service to the American Ocean and Coastal Community" by the Ocean Governance Study Group, University of California, Berkeley, November 1998. George W. Luther III, professor of oceanography, was the recipient of the University of Cardiff, Wales' highest honorary title of Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Nancy M. Targett, associate dean, received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellowship for 1999­2000. Xiao-Hai Yan, professor of oceanography, received an Honorary Professorship Award from the National Ocean University, Qingdao, China.
The following CMS staff also were honored:
Tracey L. Bryant, marine outreach coordinator, and Herbert T. North, chief research vessel engineer, received Professional Staff Merit Awards. Catherine C. Johnston, administrative assistant, Sandra S. Magers, office supervisor, and Marvin J. Mitchell, research machinist, received Salaried Staff Merit Awards.
The production team of David A. Barczak, art director; Tracey L. Bryant, marine outreach coordinator; Pamela L. Donnelly, production manager; and Claire McCabe, marine outreach specialist, was honored with four awards in the Delaware Press Association's 1998 First State Communications Contest and five awards in the Society for Technical Communication's 1998 Publications Competition for the following projects: Environmental Studies Programs at the University of Delaware, "SeaTalk" radio series, Coastal Courier newsletter, University of Delaware Sea Grant Reporter newsletter, At Sea newsletter, and 1998 Coast Day poster.