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.
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