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The Marine Science Institute has laboratories and boat facilities on the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas, Texas. The resident staff and faculty are concerned with basic and applied research and with undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine science in cooperation with the Department of Marine Science. Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs are available through the department; most thesis or dissertation research is conducted at the institute.
Founded in 1941, the institute is located in Port Aransas at the entrance of the main ship channel to Corpus Christi, with access to a wide variety of beach, bay, gulf shelf, and open gulf environments. These represent natural environments ranging from fresh to hypersaline waters, grass and mud flats, shell reefs, sand beaches, dune areas, and the surf zone. Facilities include a laboratory-classroom-office building, laboratory building with running seawater facilities, pier laboratory, physical plant building, dormitories and apartments, library/auditorium building, and dining hall. Special research facilities include a one-hundred-five-foot research vessel (the Longhorn), a fifty-seven-foot trawler (the Katy), and inboard/outboard and outboard utility boats; vehicles; walk-in environmental chambers and a cold room; concrete experimental ponds; isotope facilities; specialized laboratory equipment; shops; invertebrate, vertebrate, and algal reference collections; a 5.25-acre boat basin; and a branch of the University's General Libraries that contains about eight thousand books and forty thousand bound journal volumes in marine science and related fields.
The Marine Science Institute also operates a mariculture research center. This twenty-two-thousand-square-foot facility was deeded to the University by the United States Government National Marine Fisheries Service in 1987. The mariculture program is focused on finfish reproduction, growth, and harvesting. Other universities and state agencies participate in the mariculture research.
A visitor's center is maintained and operated by the Marine Educational Services and offers a visiting-class program for junior high, high school, and college science classes that hosts approximately ten thousand students each year. A series of teacher workshops designed to encourage the introduction of marine science topics and techniques into the curriculum for all subjects, from science to art and history, is organized to improve the proficiency of classroom teachers at all grade levels. The Visitor's Center, open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, also houses seven aquariums with typical Texas coastal habitats and numerous educational displays. The center is toured by more than forty-five thousand visitors each year. Tours for groups of fewer than thirty are available by request in advance.
Additional information may be obtained from the director, Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas. The URL of the institute is http://wwwutmsi.zo.utexas.edu.
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is located at Lake Austin Centre, 3001 Lake Austin Boulevard, three miles west of campus. Through its programs, the foundation awards grants to community demonstration projects, supports new patterns of professional education, funds research in mental health, provides communication services in the field of mental health, and works with other organizations with interests in the area of mental health. Established in 1940 through a bequest by Will C. Hogg, the funds of the foundation have been augmented by gifts from members of the Hogg family and by gifts and grants from other individuals, foundations, and research agencies.
The foundation is guided by an advisory council that meets twice a year to review policies and to help determine future direction. In its work the foundation operates as an integral part of the University of Texas, calling on faculty members and postgraduate research assistants from the medical, biological, and social sciences, as well as education, nursing, social work, and law, to serve as consultants to communities and organizations and to agencies that have received Hogg Foundation grants.
Specific phases of the foundation's work are carried on cooperatively with components of the University and with other universities and statewide organizations interested in the promotion and study of mental health. The foundation's program is focused on projects that examine new ideas in which evaluative research is an integral part.
The Hogg Foundation fosters a broad program of mental health education. A mailing list is maintained for those who request materials published by the foundation. Many of the publications are outgrowths of foundation-funded projects or studies.
Several hundred books in various areas of mental health are part of the foundation library. The Regional Foundation Collection, a comprehensive reference collection of materials related to grantsmanship, was established through the cooperation of the Foundation Center of New York City. Open to the public, it is a noncirculating reference library containing the most current and comprehensive information available on private and corporate philanthropy, grantsmanship, and nonprofit management.
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