NOAA 2005-R420
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3/9/05
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KEVIN WENG OF PACIFIC GROVE, CALIF., RECEIVES THE 2005 WALTER B. JONES MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COASTAL AND MARINE GRADUATE STUDY

Kevin Weng, of Pacific Grove, Calif., has won the 2005 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. Administered by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the award recognizes graduate students whose academic study promises to contribute materially to the development of new or improved approaches to coastal or ocean management. A ceremony to honor Weng and the other winners will take place on March 9, 2005 in Washington, D.C. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Weng is currently working toward a doctorate in marine biology at Stanford. He also holds a masters degree in oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Williams College. For his doctorate, he is investigating the habitat, range and behavior of salmon sharks and white sharks by tracking them with satellite tags. He hopes to improve our understanding of the biology of these animals and, in the process, lay the groundwork for better management.

“From coast to coast, remarkable people are making a difference. These awards honor the coastal and ocean stewards who dedicate countless hours and energy to conserving coastal resources and improving coastal communities,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, every two years NOAA honors the achievements and accomplishments of those who make noteworthy contributions in the management of the nation’s coast.

The awards were created to honor the late North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones. As chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, Congressman Jones was a strong supporter of the National Marine Fisheries Service and Coastal Zone Management. He provided leadership on numerous legislative initiatives addressing coastal and ocean issues ranging from commercial shipping to oil spill clean-up and prevention to flood insurance reform.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and to providing environmental stewardship of our Nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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