Archives: Sea Grant Week 2012

The Hotel Alyeska
Girdwood, Alaska
September 17–22, 2012

Sea Grant Week 2012 began with two days of network meetings followed by three days of thematic sessions at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska, 40 miles southeast of Anchorage. Alyeska is known for its long season and deep powder—our meeting featured a classic Chugach Mountains snowstorm, except that the temperature was about 20 degrees too warm. The resulting record rains (even for this wet region of Alaska) and strong winds (which would be designated as hurricane-force in less hardy states) focused our attention and facilitated extended social interaction.

The meeting was preceded by an all-day fishing trip for some of the hardier folks and was followed by an all-day field trip to flood-bound Seward, where participants visited two 300-pound baby walrus and other exhibits at the Alaska SeaLife Center and took a boat tour of Resurrection Bay. Despite the inclement weather, and helped by evening music and social activities, the meeting was thoroughly enjoyable.

The network sessions encompassed a full slate of meetings by communicators, research coordinators, web developers, extension, fiscal officers, educators, and several Sea Grant Association committees. An opening plenary on Tuesday afternoon featured an engaging address by Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and video welcomes from Alaska’s senators (both founding members of the Oceans Caucus), with Senator Begich calling live from his home in DC. The plenary was followed by an evening reception at a mountain lodge about 2000 feet above the hotel. Each of the final three days was devoted to discussion of a single theme. “Emerging and Ongoing Issues” was coordinated by Paul Anderson; “Integrating Social Science” was coordinated by Caitie McCoy; and “Maximizing Sea Grant’s Return on Investment and Overall Impact” was coordinated by LaDon Swann.

Most of the presentations given at this meeting have been posted; you'll find links to them on the presentations page. They have also been posted on the schedule on the original website. Summaries for each of the three thematic sessions, as well as an overall summary of the meeting, will appear on the post-meeting page.

The original website remains online for reference.

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We've created a post-meeting feedback form for all attendees. Please email Carol Kaynor if you need the survey link.