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Associate dean to lead Rhode Island Sea Grant

Dennis Nixon, associate dean of the University of Rhode Islandís Graduate School of Oceanography and a professor of marine affairs, has been named director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program, effective July 1. He succeeds Barry Costa-Pierce, who stepped down from the position last year after 12 years.

As director, Nixon will provide overall leadership for the research, education and outreach activities of the Sea Grant Program, which has a budget of approximately $3.1 million. Rhode Island Sea Grant is one of more than 30 federal-state partnerships that make up the National Sea Grant College Program. Its efforts address issues of importance to the marine environment in....

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