Fall 2005

Program/People News

Floating Kiosk, Sunken Ships Win Awards

Amid daunting competition, Wisconsin Sea Grant won two first-place awards in the communications contest at Sea Grant Week, a meeting for the country’s 30 Sea Grant programs, June 3-8, in Camden-Rockport, Maine.

With a retro sci-fi, horror-flick look, the interactive computer kiosk “Great Lakes Alien Invasion” earned the Judges Award for Outstanding Impacts in Individual Communications Projects. The kiosk recounts the pandemonium visited upon the Great Lakes by zebra mussels, round gobies, Eurasian ruffe, and nine other alien invaders. It sails across Lake Michigan twice each day, between Manitowoc, Wis., and Ludington, Mich., on the Badger car ferry from May to October. During 2004 season, at least 5,605 people used the kiosk on the ferry. November through April, it frightens visitors to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. Kudos to the project team: Invasive Species Specialist Phil Moy, Information Systems Engineer James Grandt, Web Developer Rich Dellinger, Communications Manager Stephen Wittman, and Art Diretor Tina Yao. Special thanks to John Janssen, senior scientist at the WATER Institute, for underwater video footage.

The Web site “Wisconsin’s Great Lakes Shipwrecks” received first place in Web Based Outreach Efforts. The site features historical images, underwater video footage, and narrative histories of 18 shipwrecks in Wisconsin’s waters of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Dellinger and Yao worked their magic on this project, too, collaborating with underwater archaeologists Catherine Green and Russ Green, then at the Wisconsin Historical Society (now at the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan) and Sea Grant Science Writer John Karl.

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