August 05, 2015

Warner, Kaine And Wittman Congratulate Virginia Institute Of Marine Science On Its 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Rob Wittman introduced a resolution congratulating the College of William & Mary on the 75th anniversary of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s (VIMS) establishment. The resolution expresses the Virginia lawmakers’ appreciation for the 75 years of service to the environment by the faculty, staff and students of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the School of Marine Sciences of the College of William & Mary.

“For 75 years the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has produced cutting edge research that has helped policymakers, educators, and citizens better understand one of Virginia’s most valuable natural resources, the Chesapeake Bay,” said Warner. “VIMS has earned a reputation as a world-class research institution that advances the frontiers of marine science. The Commonwealth of Virginia is fortunate to host one of the largest and most respected marine research education centers in the United States.”

“Over 75 years, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has built a sterling reputation as a national leader in environmental education and a trusted source of information and analysis for generations of policymakers,” said Kaine. “VIMS research has yielded critical insights into the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers, the most effective strategies to partner with Virginia’s commercial watermen to maintain robust oyster and crab populations, the most precise projections of sea level rise and recurrent flooding in Hampton Roads, and countless other areas.  I congratulate VIMS for 75 years of dedication to academic excellence and scientific achievement.”

“Whether advising policy makers or educating future scientific leaders, VIMS has established itself as a true leader in the field of marine science,” said Wittman.  “I personally have benefited from research and analysis produced by the fantastic folks at VIMS, and many of their insights are reflected in my work on the House Natural Resources Committee.  I commend VIMS on 75 years of extraordinary achievements, and I know that the Institute will continue to contribute mightily to the scientific community in the years to come.”

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