Helping the scientific community, universities, and scientists become engaged with local communities
The education and outreach components of the Sea Grant College Programs are unique within The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and to scientific research programs in general. Ohio Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network must work to be the premier education and outreach program for the entire region: i.e., assisting with the dissemination of research results from Great Lakes Ecosystem Research Lab, U.S. and state Environmental Protection Agencies, U.S. Geological Survey, etc., and bringing the needs of the public to the attention of these programs. We must help the scientific community, universities, and university scientists to become more engaged with local communities and the private sector and face the challenge of working with audiences that will diverge based on their technological capabilities. These efforts will require communication, cooperation, and collaboration at levels much greater than we have experienced in the past.