Oregon State University established the Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, in 1965 as a marine laboratory. In 1983, the Marine Science Center was officially re-named as the Hatfield Marine Science Center for Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield. The Center serves as Oregon State University's campus for research, education, and outreach in marine and coastal sciences.
The Totem buoy was an OSU Department of Oceanography project to construct a 30-ton 194-foot research buoy. The Totem was towed to sea in a horizontal position, forced to a vertical position, and used for oceanographic research.
Earth and Sea Investigators (EASI) was a science education enrichment program for middle school students in rural and isolated schools. The program included interactive satellite broadcasts, computer conferencing, and hands-on activities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program was based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Captain R. Barry Fisher was a commercial fisherman on the east coast of the United States who was recruited by Oregon State University in 1969 to teach commercial fisheries and develop processes and equipment for use in Oregon fisheries. He left Oregon State in 1974 to return to commercial fishing, but continued to be instrumental in fisheries education and research in Oregon until his death in 2001. Ellen K. Pikitch was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University from 1983 to 1987.
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