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A simple jellyfish can be involved in a variety of biomedical studies at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. 


Labs exploring community outreach programs to boost profile in era of funding cuts

by Neil Holt
May 21, 2013


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University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience sits between the Atlantic Ocean and an estuarine system, offering extreme levels of biodiversity for biomedical research.

From memory to hearing studies, the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience performs research that impacts the care U.S. citizens will receive every day. But after sequestration, revenue streams are drying up, labs are looking for ways to work with their  communities. Outreach is a path to local support and a higher profile for federal dollars. As a bonus, people are learning more about science.