Scripps Scientist Awarded for Contributions to Ocean

    The Marine Technology Society’s Lockheed Martin Award for
    Excellence in Ocean Science and Engineering was presented to John Orcutt,
    professor of geophysics at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, last month at the
    annual Oceans Marine Technology Society/Institute of Electrical and Electronics
    Engineers conference.

    Orcutt was honored for his contributions in the development
    and operation of ocean bottom seismographs and hydrophones, which have aided
    significant advances in marine seismology and long-term ocean observations by
    the oceanographic community.

    Awarded annually by MTS, the recipient is recognized for the
    highest degree of technical achievements in the field of marine science,
    engineering or technology.

    Orcutt has played an instrumental role in improving ocean
    research and education. Other
    accomplishments include the introduction of continuous Internet connections to U.S. academic
    research vessels and his efforts in starting the National Science Foundation’s
    Ocean Observatories Initiative.

    Orcutt was formerly the director of Scripps’ Cecil H. and
    Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics for 18 years and
    served as deputy director of SIO from 2002 to 2006. Currently, he is a member of the board of
    governors for the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, designed
    to make observations, collect real-time data and develop models of
    environmental phenomena.

    Study Links TV to Blood Pressure in Obese Kids

    A new study on childhood obesity, led by UCSD researchers,
    shows that watching too much TV may lead to high blood pressure in overweight

    Perrie Pardee and Jeffrey Schwimmer, M.D., researchers from
    the pediatrics department at UCSD, advise parents to follow recommendations
    from the American
    of Pediatrics,
    limiting television to two hours a day of educational and nonviolent programs.

    Pardee, Schwimmer and other colleagues studied 546 obese
    children and teenagers who sought obesity treatment between 2003 and 2005. Parents reported how much TV their child
    watched on a typical day, and the child’s blood pressure was recorded. About 43 percent of the children had blood
    pressure readings that were in the hypertension range.

    Results from the study suggested that children who watched
    two to four hours of TV daily were more than twice as likely to have high blood
    pressure than children who watch watched no more than two hours of TV.

    Other recommendations from the AAP include forbidding TV
    while eating and preventing children who are two years old or younger from
    watching TV.

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