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May 3, 2019
Contact: Teri Frady

NOAA Fisheries Sailors and Scientists Golf for STEM

Officers of the NOAA Fisheries’ small research vessel Gloria Michelle, squared off with NOAA scientists last week in a golf tournament that raised $850 for Falmouth STEM Boosters.

Tournament organizer Chris Gallagher, who commands the Gloria Michelle, presented a check to Falmouth STEM Boosters’ president Deb Coulombe last Tuesday.

"The donations will be put to good use supporting our science outreach efforts, especially funding buses for local field trips to places like NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center. The NOAA folks here, like Chris, have been so generous with their time and enthusiasm for our work with the Falmouth Public Schools. It is much appreciated," said Coulombe.

"We are pleased to give back to the community by helping to educate the next generation of scientists and sailors," said Gallagher. "I'm grateful that our staff was able to play a part."

Eleven pairs played, all from the NOAA Fisheries’ Woods Hole Laboratory where the Gloria Michelle is homeported. The Falcon Golf Club on Joint Base Cape Cod hosted the event.

The team of Ben Church and Tyler Staples from the Fisheries Sampling Branch took the top spot. Heidi Marotta, IT specialist with the Data Management Staff, made the longest drive. Marotta is also a former director of the Falmouth STEM Boosters. Rob Alexander from the Ecosystems Survey Branch got a nod for coming closest to the pin.

The Falmouth STEM Boosters is a volunteer group dedicated to helping connect Falmouth Public School teachers and students to local science, technology, engineering and math opportunities and resources. The NOAA Fisheries Woods Hole Laboratory is the nation's first federal fisheries laboratory and the first permanent research institution founded in Woods Hole.