Stony Brook Southampton Marine Center opens

Visiting dignitaries outside the new Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences Center
Visiting dignitaries outside the new Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences Center

Stony Brook Southampton held a grand opening for its new 15,000-square-foot Marine Sciences Center Friday morning, where about 100 undergraduate and graduate marine science students have been studying since the beginning of the fall semester.

The center was made possible by $6.9 million in New York State funds through the advocacy of State Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, and $1.4 million from Stony Brook University.

The new two-story center enables the school’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences to offer more classes in marine mammals, ichthyology, physical oceanography and other in-depth subjects.

SoMAS is currently ranked sixth in the United States among marine and atmospheric sciences graduate programs, according to the National Research Council.
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Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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