Fall/Winter 2010

Vicky and Bud Harris

Program and People News

Vicky Harris, a UW Sea Grant water quality specialist, and her husband, Dr. H.J. “Bud” Harris, professor emeritus from UW-Green Bay, recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin in recognition of their years of work to restore water quality and conserve habitats in the Green Bay watershed. In the award letter, Nature Conservancy leaders wrote, “Without the ongoing contributions of scientists like you who are interested in and support our work, we would not have been able to protect and restore so much of Wisconsin’s natural heritage.”

In August, Kathleen Schmitt Kline resigned her science writer position at the Aquatic Sciences Center. She then applied for a new position, that of outreach communicator, and took on new duties in mid-October. She is working with the Advisory Services staff to set up and conduct climate-assessment workshops, contribute to an aquatic invasive species project funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and collaborate with the water quality specialist and coastal hazards specialist on the Clean Marina Program.

Second-year library science graduate student Amy De Simone’s energy and enthusiasm, evidenced by her multiple volunteer causes, is now a project assistant at Wisconsin’s Water Library. “People in libraries are happy people,” De Simone said. “I also like specialty libraries, and this is one of them.” Wisconsin’s Water Library is the only one of its kind in the state, with roughly 30,000 volumes of water-related information about the Great Lakes and the waters of Wisconsin.

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University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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