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Monday, January 12 2004
Fish, fireworks and fizz


How do you celebrate 100 years of research, invention, innovation and exploration? How do you say thank you to 95 faculty, 89 researchers, 300 other scientists, 200 graduate students and 600 staff? Throw a birthday bash! The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas wrote, “My birthday began with the water.” So did Scripps Institution of Oceanography when, in the summer of 1903, UC Berkeley zoologist William Ritter established the Marine Biological Association of San Diego at the Hotel del Coronado boathouse.

In late September, Scripps celebrated that watery genesis with a weeklong “Oceans 2003” conference, during which 5,000 attendees heard lectures from some of the world’s foremost marine scientists. There was also an Underwater Film Festival that played such wet favorites as Forays With Morays and San Diego Squid, and a formal dinner with 500 guests. The week culminated with a party sponsored by Scripps Ancient Mariners, a group of Scripps retirees, alumni and former staff. It featured three live bands, food concessions, a dunk tank, a chocolate fountain and a fizzing fountain of fireworks. And yes, oceans of fun was had by one and all. Now it’s back to the hard work of research.

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