WAVES Newsletter, Spring 2014

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Message from the Director
by Roberta Marinelli
Summer is here, and it brings an exciting lineup of classes, research projects, workshops, conferences, and visiting scientists to the Wrigley Marine Science Center.


New Spring Break Opportunities at WMSC
by Richard Hoops
The USC WMSC hosted two new spring break courses this March—one aimed at USC undergraduates, the other designed for undergraduates from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.


Spring Break Student Brings the Message Home
by Rhyn Cheung
Rhyn Cheung, a recent graduate of UCLA in marine biology, worked with the Wrigley Institute as a social media intern during the “Science of Sustainable Food” program in March, writing about the program and taking photos.


Community Spotlight: Sam King
by Richard Hoops
Sam King, a longtime member of the USC Wrigley Institute Advisory Board, developed his affinity for USC 50 years ago when he was growing up in Long Beach and made the acquaintance of a star quarterback for the USC football team.


Summer Fellows Unlock the Genes Behind the Ideal Mussel
by Richard Hoops
Three USC graduate students, all of them 2014 Wrigley Institute Summer Fellows, are working with three USC faculty affiliated with the Wrigley Institute to look for commercially important genetic characteristics of shellfish.


Summer Fellowships Awarded in Memory of WIES Graduate
by Richard Hoops
The community of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies lost one of its graduates last September when Victoria Bertics, a Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences (Geobiology) at USC from 2004 to 2009, died of breast cancer at age 31.