California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom interacts with students during a July 15, 2016 visit to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego. Discussion topics addressed during the visit included ocean and earth science education, including a gift from Robert and Allison Price, through Price Philanthropies, to Birch Aquarium at Scripps for outreach and education programs to inspire San Diego County students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields; as well as Birch Aquarium’s growing emphasis on highlighting Scripps research expeditions, which will begin this fall with an interactive gallery that immerses visitors in the experience of conducting research at sea aboard research vessel Sally Ride, America’s newest research vessel that was recently delivered from the U.S. Navy, the vessel’s owner, to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the ship’s operator.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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