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Outstanding Service Award
2004-2005


Marie Zhuikov


Marie Zhuikov is Senior Editor for the Minnesota Sea Grant Program and has demonstrated an ability to successfully initiate and manage Sea Grant's extensive Web site, market their educational programs and products to national and international audiences, and garner unprecedented media attention for the University's scientific research projects and Sea Grant's mission.

Each year, Marie coordinates an average of 115 media interviews with staff and researchers, writes over 120 news releases and more than 50 articles. She also lent her expertise to UMD's Rock Pond group to help ensure that the effort to drain the pond and fix the outflow structure was portrayed positively in the media and to remind people not to dump their unwanted fish into the environment.

Marie's sustained excellent performance is evidenced by the many awards she and her staff earn each year for Sea Grant publications and products. The "Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat" video earned three national and regional awards from Sea Grant and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals in 2001. In 2000, her news release about the discovery of round gobies in the Duluth harbor earned first place from the National Association of Government Communicators. Shortly after Marie started producing Sea Grant's quarterly newsletter, the Seiche, it earned second place for "most-improved periodical" from the National Association of Government Communicators in an international competition. The Seiche also earned two awards of excelled in the APEX Competition for Communications Professionals, and in 2003 it earned a bronze award from the Agricultural Communicators in Education in a national competition.

For all these reasons and more, Marie is truly deserving of this award.


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