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Institute of Marine Sciences celebrates 75 years

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute of Marine Sciences, faculty, students and staff have been conducting research on our coast for 75 years to keep our state's citizens and resources safe.

Keep reading to learn about the history of the institute and how researchers there are putting their work into action to serve our state.

For the last 75 years, the Institute of Marine Sciences has conducted research, prepared students to serve the state of North Carolina and improved the lives of our state’s citizens.

Over those decades, the off-campus teaching and research laboratory has been continuously evolving to carry out that mission as the University’s representative on the coast.

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As the institute celebrates its 75th anniversary, director Rick Luettich discusses IMS’ mission, how the institute evolved and why the research produced through the institute is vital to North Carolina.

Learn more about the institute’s history, research and public service focus

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