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The Department of Commerce has awarded one of its highest honors to John S. Ramsdell of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Ramsdell will receive the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for his efforts in designing a method that rapidly responds to the needs of coastal managers. Ramsdell is a toxicologist with NOAA’s National Ocean Service’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award is awarded to commerce employees who display distinguished performance and contributions that positively impact the mission of the Commerce Department. Ramsdell is being honored for his design of an organizational structure that quickly responds to coastal managers needs during marine mortality events. The adaption of this model created a highly successful method of readiness and capability in such instances.
“The National Ocean Service is honored to have such dedicated and passionate employees serving our nation,” said Rick Spinrad, assistant administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “They are all well deserving of this prestigious award.”
Ramsdell and other award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on September 18, 2003 at the Department of Commerce building in Washington, DC.
NOAA’s National Ocean Service balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resource.
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NOAA National Ocean Service: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov
for Coastal and Ocean Science: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/