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Institutional Seminar

12/18/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
8610 Kennel Way La Jolla, CA 92037, US
Event Description: 

Institutional Seminar Series

Tuesday, December 18
Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium

11:30 a.m. Pizza will be served
12:00 p.m. Talks begin

While single-use cups and plates will be available, we are asking everyone to bring their own reuseable items.*

Please join us for the Institutional Seminar Series - lunch sponsored by the Director's Office featuring the following speakers:

John Orcutt 

Licensing the construction of seafloor seismographs to a non-US company

We worked closely with David Gibbons, Assistant Director at the UCSD Office of Innovation and Commercialization within Research Affairs to license the detailed intellectual property associated with our ABALONES seafloor seismograph to Nanometrics, Inc., a Canadian company near Ottawa. Nanometrics will use our detailed design to construct, test and sell copies of the hardware to universities and companies worldwide.  Nanometrics currently builds the finest broadband seismometers available for terrestrial and ocean applications.  We have used their seismometers for years and have been very satisfied with their company. The material released to the company is a compilation of design documentation, software code, firmware, drawings, user manuals, parts lists, vendor lists, costing information that describes the manufacture, maintenance, operation, launch and recovery of ocean-bottom sensing platforms and are covered by University Copyrights. The instrumentation and licensing process will be discussed in more detail in the presentation on 18 Dec 2018.

Jennifer Smith and Brant Chlebowski 

Food, Feed & Climate Change -- Emerging Opportunities for Shore Based Seaweed Aquaculture

Abstract: Dr. Jennifer Smith (associate professor SIO) and Brant Chlebowski (UCSD 08’18’) are collaborating on applied aquaculture research of commercially valuable macroalgae (seaweeds), sparking the formation of the California Seaweed Company and a new area of research focus in the Smith lab related to food and feed uses of local seaweeds. As part an advisor/student team which included graduate student advisor Dr. Mike Fox (PhD SIO 2018), Brant’s masters project explored California’s nascent aquaculture industry and identified a growing demand for culinary seaweed despite a very limited supply of local, sustainably grown seaweeds. Excess seaweed biomass from early successful shore based growth experiments allowed for further validation of the local culinary market and led to commercialization efforts with the goal of supporting on-going research and development projects. The team at SIO is actively engaged in a number of experimental manipulations to optimize growth potential of these target seaweed species that can be used in future aquaculture activities with the CA Seaweed Co.


*The University of California system is committed to going zero waste by 2020, and we’re already diverting 69% of our solid waste from landfills system wide. UC San Diego needs everyone to pitch in with waste reductions efforts.  Bring your own plate and cup to the Institutional Seminar instead of using single-use items. #MyLastTrash


For more information on this event, contact: 
Romie Apostol
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