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Romberg Tiburon Center celebrates three decades

March 30, 2009 -- When federal, state and local environmental crews rushed to clean up the 60,000 gallion oil spill on San Francisco Bay in 2007, faculty and scientists at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) were in the right place to provide expert assistance. On March 28, Marin County neighbors and government officials gathered in building 36 at the bayside center to help celebrate RTC's 30 years of commitment to education and marine science.

Photo of lab and classroom building at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

Building 36, a lab and office building at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

James C. Kelley, dean emeritus of the College of Science and Engineering, under whose direction RTC was founded in 1978 to provide classrooms and laboratories for SF State's marine biology programs, was recognized for his foresight.  He shared an outline of the San Francisco Bay's vital ecosystem and the challenges to its continued health. Faculty and students welcomed the public into their labs.

Among those who gathered to congratulate RTC were John D. Goldman of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, longtime supporters of RTC; SF State President Robert A. Corrigan and representatives from the Marin County Supervisor's and Tiburon mayor's offices and the State Assembly. In paying tribute, speakers noted the important role RTC faculty and scientists have played in environmental emergencies as well as ongoing monitoring and restoration of SF Bay habitat.

RTC is the only academic marine and estuarine research facility located on San Francisco Bay, one of the largest estuaries in the country.

-- Denize Springer


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