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UC Santa Barbara, Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary Celebrate Opening of Ocean Science Education Building

Chancellor Henry T. Yang greets students participating in UCSB's Tech Trek summer program. (Photo Credit: George Foulsham)

Government officials joined leaders of UC Santa Barbara and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tuesday morning for a kelp ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ocean Science Education Building on the UCSB campus. The 15,000-square-foot facility is the result of a partnership between the university and NOAA.

“Our new building will serve as the center for collaborative research and for education by our outstanding faculty and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) and affiliated researchers,” said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang.

A collaborative effort between UCSB’s Marine Science Institute and NOAA’s CINMS, half of the building houses new sanctuary headquarters, where administrators and staff of the nearby marine sanctuary and university researchers specializing in marine ecology and environmental management can interact more closely.

“The Channel Islands National Marine sanctuary is one of our nation’s greatest treasures and the new Ocean Science Education Building is really going to help us advance our mission,” said Holly Banford, deputy assistant administrator for the NOAA National Ocean Service. “It’s going to bring the academic community together with the federal sector and advance our research, our science, and our education.”

The other half of the building, still under construction, will be the site of a state-of-the-art Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS), a facility that aims to do marine research, teach students of all ages who are interested in marine science, as well as train and assist science teachers with their subjects.

The new educational center will most likely be a stop for students attending UCSB’s Tech Trek, a summer camp aimed specifically at eighth-grade girls who have a particular interest in science and math.

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