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New Book Announcement


It’s a Long Story


Dr. F. John Vernberg

West View Publishers


Belle W. Baruch, for whom the Belle W. Baruch Foundation is named, planned for the Hobcaw Barony to benefit the people of South Carolina and the nation through “…teaching and/or research in forestry, marine biology, and the care and propagation of flora and fauna in South Carolina, in connection with colleges/and or universities in the state of South Carolina.”  This vision became a reality when, through the joint efforts of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and the University of South Carolina, The Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences was established in 1969.

Recently, Dr. F. John Vernberg, the first director of the Institute, published a memoir describing the Institute’s history from 1969 to 1996.  This was a fundamental period of intensive scientific studies of the ecology of coastal ecosystems, especially the long-term study of climatic changes in the North Inlet Estuary and Winyah Bay.  During this period, the physical plant grew from no permanent buildings to a 31,000 sq. ft. modern lab, numerous support buildings, dormitories, meeting center, and educational classrooms.  In addition, B.Sci., M.Sci., and Ph.D. programs in Marine Science were established at the University of South Carolina.

This memoir is available from Online Booksellers (i.e., Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others, ISBN-10: 1628801492, ISBN-13: 978-1628801491 ).  Price is $20.  The proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to support the research programs of the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences at the University of South Carolina.