VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (Nov. 14, 2006) – Dr. John W. McManus and Dr. Liana Talaue-McManus, both researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, were recently named Associates of the World Technology Network and cited as two of the "Most Innovative People and Organizations in the Science and Technology World in 2006" in the environment category.
The World Technology Network (WTN), a group of close to 1,000 individuals and organizations from around the globe, unites the best and brightest of those focused on technological advancement in finance, sciences, the arts and more. The society offers annual recognition for innovation, and this year's award ceremony was Nov. 3 in San Francisco, at the close of the 2006 World Technology Summit.
Dr. Liana Talaue-McManus, an associate professor of marine affairs at the Rosenstiel School, primarily focuses her efforts on researching marine plankton productivity and coastal typology. She has participated in extensive planning to develop coastal areas as well as marine resources and their management. Dr. Talaue-McManus is involved in analyzing worldwide coastal topology through her membership in both the Scientific Steering Committee of the Land-Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) and the Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). She received her bachelor's degree in marine biology from the University of the Philippines and her doctorate in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. John W. McManus is the director of the National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research (NCORE), a professor of marine biology and fisheries at the Rosenstiel School, and the husband of Dr. Talaue-McManus. His primary concerns revolve around securing the long-term futures of coral reefs and reef-dependents worldwide. Dr. McManus founded ReefBase (the Global Coral Reef Database), helped develop the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), and led the way to establish the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN). He is currently organizing the Comparative Analysis of Reef Resilience Under Stress (the CARRUS Alliance) research program and mentoring award-winning doctoral candidates in their coral reef research. Dr. McManus received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Connecticut, his master's degree in zoology from the University of Connecticut, and his doctorate in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
Declaring itself "a community for and of those people working in and around new technologies, who are creating the future and changing the world," the WTN strives to honor distinguished and motivated professionals like Drs. Talaue-McManus and McManus.
Rosenstiel School is part of the University of Miami and, since its founding in the 1940s, has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions.
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