The acting director of the Applied Coastal Research Laboratory, John Van Stan, is the recipient of Georgia Southern University’s Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity for 2019-2020.
“This is a very prestigious award and one that is well deserved on John’s part,” said James Reichard, chair of Georgia Southern’s Geology and Geography Department where Van Stan is an associate professor. “He has established a truly outstanding research record, and one that I’m quite confident is among the very best in the university.”
The Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity seeks to recognize faculty who excel in their research efforts in addition to fulfilling regular full-time teaching responsibilities.
NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary welcomes a new marine operations coordinator.
Clayton Louden is the sanctuary’s vessel captain and marine operations coordinator. Captain Louden will oversee vessel operations for the site, while captaining the sanctuary’s two small boats — R/V Sam Gray and R/V Joe Ferguson. Louden will be responsible for boat maintenance, vessel safety procedures, and utilizing all NOAA regulations and policies to ensure efficient and dependable boat handling.
Louden underwent United States Coast Guard training at Alaska’s Institute of Technology Maritime Center. He earned numerous licenses, including his U.S.C.G. Master 100-Ton Near Coastal License. He brings more than six years’ experience on multiple types of vessels, sailing waters from Seattle to Prudhoe Bay and many locations in between. Louden also participated in a 30-day offshore expedition from Key West to Maine and back as a delivery crew member and deckhand on the 86’ schooner Appledore.