2017 Annual Meeting

November 29th, 2017 to November 30th, 2017

Alexandria, VA


2017 Annual Fall Meeting

Meeting and Hotel site: 

Holiday Inn Alexandria @ Carlyle
2460 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA

* please scroll down for additional details on hotel accomodations

Meeting times:

Wednesday November 29 half day (afternoon) 1:00-5:00
Thursday November 30 half day (morning) 8:30-12:00

If you will be attending the meeting, please RSVP by November 14th

Election Results:

OPERATOR REPRESENTATIVE - Kipp Shearman, Oregon State University

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE – Elizabeth L. Sikes, Rutgers University

The ballot measure to revise the UNOLS Charter (removing OOSC Annex) - passed

Featured Speaker:

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Dr. Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences

Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston who helped contain the oil and cap the well. She directed the flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oil discharge during the spill's active phase. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard's Meritorious Service Medal.

Before joining the USGS, McNutt served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), in Moss Landing, California. During her time at MBARI, the institution became a leader in developing biological and chemical sensors for remote ocean deployment, installed the first deep-sea cabled observatory in U.S. waters, and advanced the integration of artificial intelligence into autonomous underwater vehicles for complex undersea missions.

From 2000 to 2002, McNutt served as president of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She was chair of the Board of Governors for Joint Oceanographic Institutions, responsible for operating the International Ocean Discovery Program's vessel JOIDES Resolution and associated research programs.

McNutt began her academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and directed the Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, jointly offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research area is the dynamics of the upper mantle and lithosphere on geologic time scales, work that has taken her to distant continents and oceans for field observations. She is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, on most of which she was chief or co-chief scientist.

McNutt received a B.A. in physics from Colorado College and her Ph.D. in Earth sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, the Colorado School of Mines, University of Miami, and Uppsala University. McNutt is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, UK and the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is a fellow of AGU, the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. In 1988, she was awarded AGU's Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.

Dr. McNutt's featured presentation will be delivered on November 29th and is titled "Future Directions in Ocean Science and Implications for UNOLS."

Hotel Reservations:

Holiday Inn Alexandria @ Carlyle
2460 Eisenhower Ave. 
Alexandria, VA 

The hotel has provided a courtesy room reservation link for Council Members to book a Standard Room at $182.00 per night (+ taxes & fees).
Reservations must be made on or before the Cut-Off Date of Friday, October 27, 2017 in order to receive this group rate.
There are two ways you can book through the Holiday Inn to receive the courtesy rate of $182.00 for a Standard Room.

This room block is for check in: 11/28/17 and check out on or before 12/1/17.

            1.)        Use the link below to be directed to the Holiday Inn booking website. 

                        University of Rhode Island-UNOLS

            2.)        Call the Holiday Inn Alexandria directly at  1-800-972-3159  and mention the Room Block for UNOLS Council-Annual-FIC guests.

Please identify yourself as a member of UNOLS - FIC/Council/Annual Meeting in order for the hotel to book the rate accordingly.

Reservation requests made after the Cut-Off Date of 10/27/17, will be accommodated only on a space and rate available basis.

The hotel is one block from the Eisenhower Metro Station and parking is complimentary.  There is also a complimentary local shuttle service.

Parking Options for Annual Meeting Reception on 11/29/2017 at the Parc Meridian at Eisenhower Station

  1. Parking lots next to the Metro Station
  2. Street Parking
  3. Parking Garage at Hoffman Town Center, 2406 Mill Road, 1-202-785-9465
  4. Colonial Garage, 550 Elizabeth Lane, 1-202-295-8100
  5. Colonial at US Patent Office, 551 John Carlyle Street, 1-202-744-6528
  6. Colonial at Carlyle, 1925 Ballenger Avenue, 1-703-535-6705

Office, UNOLS strives to host enviornmentally sustainable events.  We respectfully request that you consider bringing a reusable travel mug and water bottle to the event.

Meeting Agenda:
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2017 UNOLS Annual Meeting - Agenda 110.13 KB
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2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix I: Participant List 56.304 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix II: UNOLS Year in Review 551.856 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix III: UNOLS 2017 Membership Ballot Measures 130.159 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix IV: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Report 6759.242 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix V: Department of State Report 3179.423 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix VI: Summary of 2017 operations and the 2018 scheduling process 280.96 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix VII: Polar Research Vessel Status 8453.195 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix VIII: Global Vessel Mid-Life Refit Update 1375.5 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix IX: Seismic Early Career Chief Scientist Training 2017 2206.089 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix X: Future Directions in Ocean Science and Implications for UNOLS 1564.809 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XI: Interagency Working Group on Facilities and Infrastructure (IWG-FI) Update 1516.902 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XII: UNOLS Goals for 2017/2018 102.134 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XIII: Re-competition of the UNOLS Office 263.742 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XIV: White Paper on Clearances, Expedition Planning, Agents 1672.452 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XV: Post Cruise Assessment Committee Update on Activities and Plans 279.341 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XVI: Video Production Update: “Shipboard Civility: Fostering a Respectful Work Environment" 270.395 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XVII: UNOLS Special Committee for Maintaining an Environment of Respect Aboard Ships (MERAS) Activities and Plans 128.006 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XVIII: UNOLS Outreach and Early Career Investigator Initiatives 333.41 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XIX: Green Ship Initiative – 2018 Workshop 120.128 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XX: INMARTECH 2018 Plans 13734.328 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXI: Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board (OOIFB) Report 4533.39 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXII: Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Update 15782.947 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXIII: Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) Report 70.227 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXIV: Research Vessel Operators' Committee (RVOC) Report 73.524 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXV: Research Vessel Technical Enhancement Committee (RVTEC) Report 44.646 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXVI: Deep Submergence Science Committee (DESSC) Report 11840.215 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXVII: Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee (AICC) Report 3781.174 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXVIII: Marine Seismic Research Oversight Committee (MSROC) Report 4054.629 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXIX: Scientific Committee for Oceanographic Aircraft Research (SCOAR) Report 6610.789 KB
2017 Annual Meeting – Appendix XXX: UNOLS Reports – Departures, Appointments, and Calendar 132.173 KB