The University Marine Biological Station, M i l l p o rt The Ark! The Millport Association Newsletter Issue 1, May 2002 Welcome to The Ark! – the new newsletter for the University Marine Biological Station and its Association. Named after the converted barge(pictured below) which was moored near the site of the present station, The Ark served as a floating laboratory for its co-founder David Robertson until the current station was built. Aimed at keeping residents, alumni and station supporters informed of our work and activities we hope you will find the following update on our progress interesting. Future the future for The Station, which improved status in the Research HEFCE & SHEFC, the English Assessment Exercise when the With a brand new £1.5 million and Scottish Higher Education Station was awarded a grade 4 research vessel under construc- Funding Councils have recently and also by the steady increase in tion and plans for a new annex to recognised as a ‘National customer numbers. our existing hostel and for a new Facility’. recompression chamber in hand, With winter hopefully behind us not to mention new courses being Whilst there is no doubt this will the future is looking good! added to an already packed sched- mean more work for the already ule, staff are gearing themselves busy staff, it is to their credit that New Research Vessel up for an extremely hectic year! such confidence exists. Confidence has also been Work has already begun on a This welcome investment secures increased by the Station’s much needed replacement for the larger of our two research vessels, Comprising of twenty single study is a comprehensive review RV Aora. Scottish designers and rooms the self-catering accommo- based on library research on a shipbuilders, Macduff Ship dation block will not only house topic relevant to the interests of Designers Ltd and Macduff graduate students, but allow even the student and the degree. The Shipyards are constructing the more people access to our facili- capstone study and five of the vessel, commissioned by the ties and the abundant marine life elective courses will be completed University of London for us here around the island. Use by the dis- at Millport. The remaining core at the Marine Station. The £1.5 abled has also been a priority for courses and electives will be million vessel will have several the design team and ramps, wider taken in Florida. positive outcomes: corridors and doorways should 1. The continuation of research allow them easy access. The new Although a jointly-taught MS that is of national and scientific building will be similar in design program, Nova Southeastern interest. to the existing**** annex, but University will confer the degree. 2. Securing the future of our small built around a small landscaped The NSU Oceanographic Center but important site. garden. will therefore handle most 3. Providing improved teaching administrative matters. and research facilities for students Our existing hostel accommoda- of marine biology from all over tion has not been forgotten either. Proposed start date: September the UK. Over the winter months, under the 2002. supervision of Elizabeth Barbour, Staff here at the station are cur- the Hostel Bursar, staff have Contact either: rently having a bit of fun suggest- worked, not only on improving ing names for the vessel, with the bedrooms but also the com- Dr Phillip Smith, Graduate some amusing results! munal dining hall, painting and Degree Coordinator at the However, the naming of a new adding some cheery tartan drapes, University Marine Biological vessel is not as simple as it seems, giving it a decidedly more ‘home- Station as the name must be unique to the ly’ feel. firstname.lastname@example.org vessel and not registered to any other merchant vessel. There is Joint Masters Degree or Collaboration with Nova Dr Andrew Rogerson Southeastern University Director of Graduate Programs at Oceanographic Center has result- Nova University ed in the establishment of a joint Arogerso@nova.edu masters degree. for further details also an element of superstition to The new degree has been be taken into account! designed for students with a first Recompression Chamber degree in biology, oceanography, A ‘shortlist’ of suitable names is or a related subject, who wish to Plans to replace the existing being before a final vote by the acquire a deeper knowledge of recompression chamber at the staff to determine their favourite. marine biology. Station are currently being It is hoped that this long awaited finalised. Funding has been new addition to the Station, as Students’ will spend the first secured but a delay has occurred pictured above, will be in com- seven months (September to due to planning technicalities. mission by March 2003! March) in Millport and will then complete, the degree in Florida, The current chamber, built to the Hostel Annex spending about 12 months at design specifications of Chief Nova’s Oceanographic Center. Diver and Specimen Supply Plans are under way for the con- The Master of Science degree Officer at the Station Phil struction of an annex to our exist- comprises 5 core courses, 8 elec- Lonsdale some twenty-four years ing hostel accommodation. tive courses and a 6 credit-hour ago, has served its function well. at the time, and despite continued Academic Staff maintenance and repair, it cannot now conform to best practice. Dr Rupert Ormond (Director) Professor P G Moore It is still hoped however to have Dr R J A Atkinson the new chamber in situ by the Dr F Hannah end of the year and once again Dr I P Smith Phil has had major role to play in Dr J Hall-Spencer its design. Millport Trust The Millport Trust has been set up, both to act as an alumni organ- isation and as a means of promot- ing interaction within the local community. The appointed mem- bers of the Trust Committee include, Professor Phil Rainbow of the Natural History Museum, London, Countess Isabel Glasgow and Ian Frame, Chairman of Cumbrae Community Council, beside members of UMBSM’s Administration.. It is hoped that the charitable status afforded to the Trust will allow access to lot- tery and other funding to refurbish the existing museum and aquari- um. Library Our small library, in existence since the original UMBSM build- ing was completed in 1897 has gone ‘electronic’. Over the winter months the books have been catalogued onto the newly installed computer system allowing easier search access and the self issuing of library books for staff and students alike. The library, housed in the Sheina Marshall room can claim to have one of the best collections of marine biological books in the country.
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