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November 18, 1996

Hearst Foundation grants $50,000 to Long Marine Lab education efforts

A $50,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation of San Francisco will strengthen public education programs at the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility operated by UCSC.

The grant will allow educators to augment "Windows to Discovery," the popular program that debuted at Long Marine Lab in 1994. Windows to Discovery serves as a model education program in the ocean sciences, emphasizing the unique environment of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The program promotes public awareness, encourages students to learn about conservation and pursue careers in marine science, and provides K-12 teachers in the region with training and curricular materials.

"The support of the Hearst Foundation will allow us to sustain our current programs and expand several pilot programs into full components of Windows to Discovery," says Dorris Welch, public education director at Long Marine Lab. The grant also builds a firmer foundation for programs envisioned for the lab's planned $4.4 million Visitor Education Center, Welch adds.

Funding from the Hearst Foundation will benefit the following areas:

Named for publisher and philanthropist William Randolph Hearst, the Hearst Foundation funds programs in education, health, human services, and culture. It focuses on institutions that provide access and opportunity to underrepresented, low-income, and minority populations.

--Robert Irion