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Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, FL, Receives NSF Grant for Exhibit on Natural Disasters

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The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, FL, announced on May 12 that it has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a public museum exhibit on disasters caused by Earth processes.

Melanie Lachs, grants specialist from the museum, stated that MOSI would be the recipient of a $1.58 million grant over a 3-year period. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s St. Petersburg Science Center (CCWS) has been working closely with MOSI on its Disasterville exhibit, and scientific contributions from USGS water and geology specialists formed an integral part of the grant proposal. Lisa Robbins, center chief for CCWS, was named to the MOSI Board of Directors last year and will continue to advance the collaboration between the science museum and USGS scientists.

Interest in natural hazards at MOSI gained focus last year when the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) co-located its headquarters on the museum grounds. The Disasterville proposal was a direct result of the IBHS-MOSI partnership. IBHS is an independent research group sponsored by the insurance industry to look at industrywide natural-hazard issues. IBHS members and USGS scientists have a long-standing collaboration on the study of earthquakes, and recent efforts have been put forth to involve IBHS in USGS studies of other types of natural hazard.

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St. Petersburg Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg, FL
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Tampa, Florida
Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
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