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“This Week in Illinois Research” is a weekly communication for the campus research community, from the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Susan Martinis. 


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Sea (Grant) on the Prairie

From the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

As one of the nation's 34 Sea Grant programs funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant—a partnership between UIUC and Purdue—leads research and outreach on topics that matter to all Illinoisans, such as flood prevention, pollution in the Great Lakes region, and safer water recreation. 

The IISG is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and last week I attended one of its quarterly administrative meetings (we met our colleagues from West Lafayette at the halfway point, at the Illinois Extension office in Danville). Careful management of our coastal resources supports healthy ecosystems and resilient communities, and it was fascinating to learn more about IISG programs—from buoys that capture critical scientific data in real time to educational activities that support the development of sustainable fisheries—and to hear about the impact of seed funding programs (including one geared specifically for graduate students; apply by April 8).

Our state might be more famous for oceans of prairie grass than for our coastline, but that slim stretch of Lake Michigan waterfront on our northern border is vitally important to the state's economy and prosperity, as well as the enjoyment and well-being of its visitors. The IISG is yet another example of how we are meeting our mission to serve the people of Illinois! 

Sincerely,

Susan

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