Posted on | October 29, 2010 | Comments Off
The Mānoa Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education was blessed at a ceremony on Oct. 25 to celebrate the completion of a new research facility. The building will support the missions of C-MORE, a National Science Foundation-sponsored Science and Technology Center.
C-MORE Hale will house state-of-the-art scientific equipment that will be used in conjunction with existing modern fleet of research vessels to study the vital role that marine microbes play in sustaining planetary habitability. The merger of the new land-based laboratory with world class sea-going support vessels will help position Mānoa as a leader in oceanographic research. C-MORE is one of 17 NSF Centers of Science and Technology across the nation, and the only one in Hawaiʻi.
Among those in attendance were U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and Subra Suresh, recently appointed director of the National Science Foundation.
“The grand opening of this majestic research laboratory is a dream come true and represents a once in a scientific lifetime opportunity,” says C-MORE Director Dave Karl. “I am grateful for the vision and support of the UH leadership, especially Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Gary Ostrander, vice chancellor for research and graduate education.”
“C-MORE Hale brings together an interdisciplinary team to provide educational training opportunities in the field of microbial oceanography to students,” says Mānoa Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw.
“From globally significant science to a vital education and outreach program, C-MORE encompasses the best of Hawaiʻi’s research infrastructure and the NSF Science and Technology Center Program,” says Suresh.