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ASLO Minorities Program Keynote Address

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Keith Miles of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Western Ecological Research Center delivered the keynote address at the Minorities Program of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)'s national meeting held June 12-17 in Savannah, GA. The ASLO directorate, directors of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and many leading scientists in limnology and oceanography attended the presentation.

The NSF has sponsored the Minorities Program for more than a decade. The program's goal is to attract gifted minorities, women, and economically underprivileged students into graduate education and, subsequently, professional environmental disciplines. This effort has been an uphill battle because many of these talented individuals choose more lucrative professions, such as medicine. The Minorities Program brings primarily undergraduate students to the ASLO national meeting and matches them with experienced scientists from academic, private, and governmental institutions who mentor them through presentations and provide counsel on their plans for the future. Many of the students also present their research on projects supervised by mentors in the program. Several scientists who participated in this year's conference were recruited through the ASLO Minorities Program and are now tenured or tenure-track professors. Keith has served as a mentor since the inception of the program in 1990; the title of his presentation was "Contaminants in the Nearshore Environment of the Aleutian Archipelago, Alaska."

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