Nantucket Research Institute
Nantucket Research Institute:
A STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN PREPARED BY: DR. ANDREW GROSOVSKY – CHAIR, ALEXANDER GRITSININ, DR. ROBYN HANNIGAN, DR. SARAH OKTAY, DR. MICHAEL SHIARIS, DR. JACK WIGGIN, AND DR. ZHONG-GUO XIA
In the fall of 2010 the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc. agreed to cooperate in establishing the Institute at the Nantucket Field Station (the Nantucket Research Institute, NRI). The University of Massachusetts Boston and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation are committed to provide necessary financial, administrative, and operational support to ensure that the Institute fulfills its mandate as a world-class research and educational institution and a responsible member of the Nantucket community.
The mission of the NRI will be to further expand and better fulfill the ongoing scientific and educational needs of the partner organizations while enhancing opportunities for visiting scientists and providing educational scaffolding for students of all ages. The Nantucket Research Institute and the UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station (UMB-NFS) together with their partners will build improved lab facilities allowing for wet and dry lab space, secured storage of specimens and samples, sufficient computer and office space for visiting and full time faculty and students to facilitate cutting edge research from environmental sensor deployment to real-time chemical analysis and everything in between as is expected of a world class remote scientific outpost.
The Institute will provide sites and programs for scientific research at all levels on Nantucket and develop publications and electronic products to engage off-island students, researchers, teachers, and institutions. The Institute will enable the people of Nantucket to feel a sense of legacy and heritage that will honor their earlier efforts in conservation, and provide a new depth and richness to the intellectual life on the island.
It is proposed that an Endowed Executive Director and Endowed Chair will lead the Institute with the assistance of the Board of Trustees, an Executive Board, an Advisory Committee and Subject-specific Technical Taskforces. Currently the NRI is forming these boards and committees and soliciting partners and collaborative input.