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Fourth Annual “Ripples on the River” Saturday, May 17th at
Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute from 11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

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Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) on the riverfront, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, Fla. 32211- 3394

Cost
: $10 per adult, youths under 18 free; payable at the door (cash and checks)

Description
: Fourth Annual “Ripples on the River,” hosted by the MSRI. The first 180 youths receive a free Rod & Reel from Fish Florida. The event will feature live music; a fishing clinic by TV personality Capt. Don Dingman; tours of the beautiful new W.C. and Susan Gentry Boardwalk and Nature Preserve; enjoy SeaBest Seafood for lunch with hot dogs, chips and slaw; sample Sweetwater Beer; a critter touch tank by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Activities with the St. Johns Riverkeeper; Tours of the MSRI and more. The day is designed to help youths and their families discover what marine research on the St. Johns is all about.

The MSRI is the premier biological and environmental research and education facility on the river. The two-story, 32,000-square-foot “certified-green” building has classrooms, laboratories, offices for the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and areas for teaching Duval County public school students.

RSVP:
By May 10th to Lauren at (904) 256-7095
Information: Dr. Quinton White Jr., executive director of the MSRI, (904) 256-7766, qwhite@ju.edu

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A group of JU faculty and students recently attended a national marine science meeting in Savannah, Georgia called the "Benthic Ecology Meeting" held on March 20-23, 2013. The yearly meeting is attended by premier researchers and undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the United States.  The JU team made a strong showing by presenting  three oral presentations and two posters.  The JU contingent to the meeting consisted of five undergraduate students (Jodi Coia,  Laura Wenke, Tayler Massey, Stephanie Shankle, Anna McClure), two graduate students (Justina Dacey, Kimberly Mann) and three faculty (Drs. Dan McCarthy, Lee Ann Clements, and Jeremy Stalker).
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Third Annual “Ripples on the River” May 19 at Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute
Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) on the riverfront, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, Fla. 32211- 3394
Cost: $10 per adult, youths under 18 free; payable at the door (cash and checks)
Description: Third annual “Ripples on the River,” hosted by the MSRI. The first 180 youths receive a free Rod & Reel from Fish Florida. The event will feature live music; a fishing clinic by TV personality Capt. Don Dingman; tours of the beautiful new W.C. and Susan Gentry Boardwalk and Nature Preserve; enjoy SeaBest Seafood for lunch with hot dogs, chips and slaw; sample Sweetwater Beer; a critter touch tank by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; River Taxi boat rides courtesy of the St. Johns Riverkeeper; Tours of the MSRI and more. The day is designed to help youths and their families discover what marine research on the St. Johns is all about.
The MSRI is the premier biological and environmental research and education facility on the river. The two-story, 32,000-square-foot “certified-green” building has classrooms, laboratories, offices for the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and areas for teaching Duval County public school students.
RSVP: By May 14 to Lauren at (904) 256-7095
Information: Dr. Quinton White Jr., executive director of the MSRI, (904) 256-7766, qwhite@ju.edu
 
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Save the Date

Join us at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve’s Science Symposium 2012 on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island in Jacksonville, Florida.
Cultural and natural resources have a shared history of over 6,000 years within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The interaction between nature and humans is evident…from the spoil islands to the altered wetlands, from the shell middens of the Timucua to the tabby structures of Kingsley Plantation and from the boat docks of neighboring subdivisions to the introduction of exotic animals and plants. The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a place where natural and cultural resources connect.
 
Registration for the Symposium opens in December, so please stay tuned!
 
Visit the Science Symposium website at:
 
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COMING AGAIN SOON SUMMER 2013

MORE INFORMATION & DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Press Release 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: Traci Mysliwiec 
Release Date: April 18, 2011                                                     Communications Manager, 256-7042
Click here to look at MS Summer Camp Brochure 
JU’s MSRI Announces Marine Science Summer Camp Dates
New Camp Option Offered June 20-24 and June 27-July 1
Jacksonville, Fla. – Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) is offering a new option for high school students, ages 13 to 18, to explore and learn this summer. Marine Science Summer Camps are now available June 20-24 and June 27-July 1. The camp is underwritten by EverBank in their ongoing efforts to support the Jacksonville community and enhance the lives of local school children.
“Students will be involved with all aspects of investigating marine environments from choosing sample methodology and sites through monitoring water chemistry, collecting, identifying and enumerating fish and invertebrate species and finally presenting the collected data in graphical format,” explained Dr. Quinton White, executive director of the MSRI. “Campers will gain hands-on experience with standard marine science collection and monitoring equipment, as well as laboratory analysis methods.”
Camp sessions will be led by the JU Marine Science faculty, along with Duval County Public Schools and the St. Johns Riverkeeper staff. JU undergraduate marine science majors will also assist. Possible field trips include outings to the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, Little Talbot Island, Ft. George Inlet, Matanzas Bay, Huguenot Park, Hannah Park and Mayport.  Daily activities will include lunch in the JU Café and recreational time at the pool.
Cost is $200 per week with care provided before and after camp sessions respectively from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a $50 fee. Daily attendance is also permitted at a cost of $50 per day. The camps are independent and students can attend both or either camp.
Limited scholarships are available. Contact mscsumercamp@ju.edu  or (904) 256-7766 for additional information.
The MSRI was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ® Gold certification status for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
To learn more about the MSRI and the programs offered there by JU, visit the Summer Camps page. 
 
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MSRI to Celebrate Gold-level LEED Certification March 10

3/2/11

Celebration with Partner in Conservation, JEA, on March 10

Jacksonville, Fla. – Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) proudly announces that it has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Gold certification status. The achievement will be celebrated with the unveiling of the official plaque on Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the MSRI.

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The features of the MSRI include solar hot water, rainwater harvesting, natural lighting design, building orientation, high-efficiency HVAC systems and low-energy lighting.

“We designed the MSRI to be energy efficient and sustainable. Words cannot express my deep appreciation to all the many people who contributed to making this dream real. It was the right time and the right place for this to happen,” said Dr. Quinton White, executive director of the MSRI. “The synergy of the facility is fantastic and we are already seeing collaborations taking place that in the past we could only imagine. We celebrate the official honor with our partner in conservation, JEA, who helped us in so many ways in the design and sustainable concept. We hope that people will see ideas in the MSRI that they can use in their own homes and businesses.”

The MSRI achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The MSRI efficiently uses our natural
resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future
generations to come.”

 

U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens and teachers and students.

  

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and
environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a
national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

 

LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the
design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 32,000 projects are currently participating in the
commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

 

USGBC was co-founded by Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

  

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THINK IT, SINK IT, REEF IT 

TISIRI is in the running for a large artificial reef construction grant!  Our application has made it through all of the filter steps and our success now comes down to votes.  Should we be successful we already have a potential large ship vessel in mind.  It would make a great large reef! 

For us to be successful we need to encourage as many votes from the community as possible.  Any support from the JU community would be much appreciated.

 Supporters can go to www.TISIRI.org and click on the “vote” button to cast your votes and learn more details about the intended project. Thank YOU!  

TISIRI participates with a JRRT reef life observation dive. Two dives were performed at the Jacksonville reef area know as NSS. The two artificial reef sites included a tugboat (the Coppage) and concrete culvert material. Both of these reef sites are over 20 years old. Below is a link, pictures of the marine life encountered on these artificial reefs http://www.tisiri.org/jacksonville-reef-life-observation/