Environment
3:28 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

USF, WUSF Receive Awards for Gulf Oil Spill Response

The University of South Florida and a trio of WUSF reporters are being honored for their work in response to the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010.

A team of USF researchers and officials, led by Dr. William Hogarth, are among the recipients of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Tampa Bay's STEM Catalyst Collaborative Partnerships Award.

Hogarth, the interim Regional Chancellor at USF St. Petersburg, was director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the time of the spill.  According to a press release from ARCS Tampa Bay, the team of researchers were responsible for collecting Gulf water samples for monitoring and assessing the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

WUSF's Bobbie O'Brien, Steve Newborn & Mark Schreiner were named as recipients of the "Collaborative Media Certificate" for exemplary coverage of the spill.

The USF researchers worked closely with the other STEM Award recipients, including the United States Coast Guard, Florida Wildlife Resource Commission and Fisheries, NOAA, Eckerd College, and other Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) institutions.

In addition, WUSF reporters Bobbie O'Brien, Steve Newborn and Mark Schreiner were among 27  journalists among 18 different media organizations named as recipients of the "Collaborative Media Certificate" for exemplary coverage of the Gulf oil spill. Other recipients include representatives of CNN, ABC and NBC News, the Jim Lehrer NewsHour and Diane Rehm and Denise Couture of NPR.

ARCS Tampa Bay will present these awards at a dinner February 9th at the Hilton St. Petersburg at Carillon Park.

According to its website, the ARCS Foundation "advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research."