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USGS Employee Recognized for Service on Science Museum Board in Florida



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Research oceanographer Lisa Robbins of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, was recently recognized for her service on the board of directors of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. Elected to the board in 2003, Robbins rotated off the board in January 2014. MOSI Director Wit Ostrenko and Vice President of Development Molly Demeulenaere thanked Robbins for her 11 years of service. Demeulenaere commented, “Lisa was passionate about MOSI.”

USGS research oceanographer Lisa Robbins served for 11 years on the board of directors of MOSI
Above: USGS research oceanographer Lisa Robbins served for 11 years on the board of directors of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. [larger version]

Elected to the board in 2003, Robbins did much to advance collaboration between the science museum and USGS scientists. In 2007, she worked with other USGS staff, including geologist Dennis Krohn, to provide ideas and input for the permanent exhibit “Disasterville,” a 10,000-square-foot exhibition that the public can walk through to experience a variety of simulated natural disasters, including hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and volcanoes.

During Robbins’ tenure, MOSI grew from about 210,000 square feet to more than 400,000 square feet of exhibits and hands-on displays. Museum attendance averages 750,000 visitors per year. In 2009, MOSI was one of the winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Nation’s highest honor for museums. (Read more about MOSI in an award booklet about 2009’s winners, [PDF, 1.3 MB].)

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. Photograph courtesy of MOSI.
Above: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. Photograph courtesy of MOSI. [larger version]

According to Robbins, “MOSI is a premier science museum in the Southeast and provides important science and technology information to the public. USGS has played a role in its growth and the development of exhibits. It has been a blast to work with the director and staff and with all of the hands-on, fun exhibits—you can see why kids love to come to the museum. There is no doubt in my mind that many have become scientists because of visiting MOSI.”

Visitor tries out the wind tunnel in the Hurricane area of the Disasterville exhibit
Above: Visitor tries out the wind tunnel in the Hurricane area of the Disasterville exhibit. Photograph by Adrienne Drew, courtesy of MOSI. [larger version]

To learn more about USGS involvement in MOSI, read “USGS Helps Shape New "Disasterville" Exhibit at Museum in Florida,” Sound Waves, January/February 2007; “Hurricane Research an Interest for Museum Exhibit Designers,” Sound Waves, October 2004; and “USGS Scientist on Science-Museum Board in Tampa, FL,” Sound Waves, December 2002/January 2003.


Related Sound Waves Stories
USGS Helps Shape New "Disasterville" Exhibit at Museum in Florida
Jan. / Feb. 2007
Hurricane Research an Interest for Museum Exhibit Designers
October 2004
USGS Scientist on Science-Museum Board in Tampa, FL
Dec. 2002 / Jan. 2003

Related Websites
Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI
National Medal for Museum and Library Service
IMLS
2009 Winners [PDF, 1.3 MB]
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