Narrator: This is Science Today. The future addition of a new research vessel will help the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography support one of its missions to educate the next generation of researchers. Bruce Appelgate, who is in charge of ship operations at Scripps, says the vessel, called AGOR-28, is owned by the United States Navy and will be operated by the university.
Appelgate: The value of this partnership between Scripps and the Navy is important. The Navy is very interested in the effects of climate change and its ability to continue to conduct operations and all kinds of situations. And the work that we do here at Scripps aboard our ships supports that kind of research.
Narrator: Scripps and the Navy also have a mutual interest in educating future scientists.
Appelgate: One of the things we're doing here at Scripps that will use the new vessel is a program which works with middle-school kids to develop a science curriculum that gives them some hands-on opportunities to see the ship and to see what it means to be a scientist.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.