ResearchOne to Feature Mote Mobile

"Aquarium on Wheels” comes to USF during ResearchOne.

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2010)Mote Mobile, Mote Marine Laboratory's “aquarium on wheels,” will be on the USF campus and open to the public on Monday Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the USF Research Park, Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDRB) Parking lot, as part of ResearchOne.

Mote Mobile includes a touch tank, 1200-gallon tropical fish tank and informational displays on sharks, sea turtles and shells. Mote Marine Laboratory, a leader in marine research, is an independent nonprofit organization with seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.

Mote Marine Laboratory is bringing Mote Mobile to USF as part of “Tracking the Spill,” the kick-off event for ResearchOne, which begins at 9 a.m., Monday Oct. 11 in the IDRB Galleria. The event will focus on the impact of the Gulf oil spill and the pivotal role that USF marine scientists have played in this national disaster. It will include exhibits of equipment used by USF's marine scientists from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The kick-off event is sponsored by the Florida High Tech Corridor.

The kick-off brings together expert speakers and researchers from the USF College of Marine Science and Mote Marine Laboratory to put the Gulf oil spill into perspective, explain what really happened, where the oil is going, what is happening underwater, and explore risks, problems, and the impact of the spill on marine life.

For more information on their programs, visit the Mote Marine Laboratory website, and the College of Marine Science website.

The IDRB Galleria is located in the USF Research Park at 3720 Spectrum Boulevard. Free visitor parking (see map here).

Sponsored by the Office of Research & Innovation, ResearchOne 2010 takes place Oct. 11-15, and celebrates the work of USF faculty, staff and student researchers, scientists, scholars and inventors with a variety of speakers, poster presentations, displays, lab tours, award ceremonies and more.

A complete calendar of ResearchOne events can be found here.

ResearchOne sponsors include: Florida High Tech Corridor; Smith and Hopen, P.A.; Draper Laboratory and Embassy Suites Hotel / Tampa-USF near Busch Gardens

Event Contacts:
Sponsorships: Judy Lowry, 974-3181, jlowry@research.usf.edu
Event Scheduling: Lynn Cooil, 974-8124, lcooil@research.usf.edu