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Alaska SeaLife Center CEO Receives National Leadership Award


Dr. Ian Dutton, President and CEO of the Alaska SeaLife Center, has received the 2010 Coastal America National Leadership Award for his role in strengthening the National Coastal America Learning Center Network.  The award was presented at the Coastal America annual meeting last week in Washington, DC.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is one of 23 designated Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico that work together under the Coastal America Partnership.  Coastal America brings together all 16 federal agencies that are responsible for coastal and marine resources.  The Learning Centers provide an important link between those federal agencies and the general public.  The Alaska SeaLife Center recently installed Alaska's first "Ocean Today" kiosk - an interactive learning exhibit which downloads content directly from the Smithsonian Institution each day on topical ocean issues such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More than 10,000 visitors have already used the kiosk to learn more about what is happening in the oceans.

Dutton was recognized for his work over the past year in developing stronger links between Learning Centers working together on new initiatives promoting public engagement in citizen science, ocean literacy and Arctic marine science.  "This award is recognition of the wonderful work being done here at the Alaska SeaLife Center by our talented staff and volunteers. It also affirms our increasing role nationally as a window to the North Pacific ecosystems," Dutton said.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit marine science facility that generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems. The Center's research facilities and naturalistic exhibits bring scientists and visitors close to the marine animals and seabirds of Alaska. Learn more at http://www.alaskasealife.org

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