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March 2017 Issue

BOEM, USACE to Restore
Ship Island in Mississippi

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District. The agreement will be a key component in support of the long-term recovery of the Mississippi Gulf Coast from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and other storms. This project will take up to 19.6 million cubic yards of sand from 10 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) locations—the largest volume of OCS sand conveyed by BOEM’s Marine Minerals Program to date—to restore Ship Island within the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi, which is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service (NPS).


DHS SAVER Program Gives Top
Rating to JW Fishers Pulse 8X

JW Fishers Pulse 8X has been rated the best underwater metal detector by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program. Located within the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, SAVER conducts objective assessments and validations on commercial equipment and systems and provides those results and other relevant equipment information to the emergency responder community.

Fishers Pulse 8X ranked number one in a comparison of the eight top underwater detectors on the market.


Launch of US Maritime Advisory System
To Provide Maritime Threat Info

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD)—in partnership with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Transportation and Homeland Security; the intelligence community; and maritime industry stakeholders—has launched the new U.S. Maritime Advisory System, which establishes a single federal process to expeditiously provide maritime threat information to maritime industry stakeholders, including vessels at sea. The U.S. Maritime Advisory System (www.marad.dot.gov/MSCI) streamlines, consolidates and replaces maritime threat information previously disseminated in three separate government agency instruments: Special Warnings, MARAD Advisories and global maritime security-related Marine Safety Information Bulletins. This new system establishes for the first time a single, whole-of-government maritime security notification mechanism and represents the most significant update to the issuance of U.S. government maritime security alerts and advisories since 1939.


Stellwagen Sanctuary Accepting
Applications for Advisory Council Seats

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is accepting applications for four open Sanctuary Advisory Council seats: at-large (primary), mobile gear commercial fishing (primary), research (primary) and conservation (alternate). These are three-year terms. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. Those interested may contact Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov for information.


Jon White Calls on President Trump
To Keep Ocean Science in Mind

In a letter, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership President and CEO RAdm. Jon White (U.S. Navy, retired) called on U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize the important role that science, particularly ocean science, plays in U.S. security and prosperity and to take science into consideration when contemplating governmental actions and policy.

“Ocean science has provided the U.S. with tangible military advantage on, under, and above the sea for decades,” he states in the letter.

White also emphasizes public access to peer-reviewed science is critical to advancing scientific knowledge and securing the ensuing benefits, such as accurate weather forecasts and better maritime domain awareness. He ties in the importance of strong international relations and collaboration, which have resulted in scientific advancements that benefit both the U.S. and the world.


QuesTek Receives Tibbetts
Award at White House

QuesTek Innovations LLC was invited to the White House in early January to accept the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2016 Tibbetts Award. This prestigious award is presented to small businesses, organizations and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in leveraging Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to generate measurable impact through technological innovation, technology transfer, business impact and product commercialization.

The 2016 Tibbetts Award was presented to 37 small businesses. QuesTek was recognized for contributions to the field of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and President Barack Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative.

Under SBIR-funded projects, QuesTek designed and commercialized two ultrahigh-performance steels: Ferrium M54 steel, which was successfully qualified and transitioned into the U.S. Navy T-45 fleet for the safety-critical hook shank component application and is bringing an estimated $3 million in savings to the Navy, and Ferrium C64 steel, which is being qualified by Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin for next-generation helicopter transmissions, allowing for significant increases in power density.


Democratic Senators File Bill
To Protect Scientists from Politics

More than two dozen Democratic senators filed a bill (S.338) to protect government scientists from political interference. The legislation, led by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), comes in the wake of reports that Trump Administration officials had placed gag orders on employees at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The legislation would also: reaffirm the principle of open communication of scientific findings and prevent the suppression of scientific findings; ensure that scientists are allowed to communicate their findings with the public, press and Congress; direct federal agencies to develop scientific integrity policies that include whistleblower protections; and require scientific integrity policies to be posted online and given to all new hires.

Since November, more than 5,000 scientists have signed an open letter urging President Donald Trump and Congress to preserve scientific integrity.



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