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Giving Update May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Alumni Impact

For the past 10 years, Marcy and Jeffrey Krinsk have lived in Point Loma, the coastal community in the hills above San Diego Bay. Their stunning view includes the Nimitz Marine Facility, home port for Scripps Institution of Oceanography's four oceangoing vessels—the largest research fleet in the U.S. and the pride of UC San Diego.

"We've always looked at this pier and thought, 'What's going on down there?'" recalls Marcy. They went exploring along the dock on the bay and got hooked on Scripps and its world of ocean, atmospheric and earth science.

Marcy and Jeffrey were inspired to launch the Krinsk Research Advancement Initiative at Scripps—the world's preeminent center for ocean and earth research, teaching and public education. This unique fund-raising program provides tangible resources, in the form of field and lab equipment, supplies and student stipends, to support the core research needs of early-career Scripps scientists and their students.

"What's so important about this initiative is that students and professors are saving the world, right here in San Diego, and we hope some of their discoveries turn out to be businesses right here," says Marcy.

Since its launch in September 2010, the Krinsk Research Advancement Initiative has raised nearly $100,000 for early-career faculty and students. Funding from the initiative allowed Scripps geophysicist Neal Driscoll and graduate student Liz Johnston to acquire a high-resolution terrestrial light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system, an ideal tool used to quantify the erosion rate of sea cliffs over time. Additional beneficiaries include marine ecologist Stuart Sandin and graduate student Brian Zgliczynski who secured a Mark IV Zodiac inflatable vessel that will help further their coral reef conservation investigations in the central Pacific.

Securing donations to support students remains an ongoing priority at Scripps. To learn more and contribute to the Krinsk Research Advancement Initiative, please go to supportscripps. ucsd.edu/krai.

You can also make a difference with a gift to the newly established Scripps Alumni Fund, which provides an avenue for alumni to support stellar students following in their footsteps. To make your gift, please visit visit www-er.ucsd.edu/ScrippsAlumniFund.