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Students, Alumna Receive Top Honors

By Diana Udel

Students, Alumna Receive Top Honors

By Diana Udel

Alumna Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at UN

Rosenstiel School alumna Anitra Thorhaug received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the USA Club of Rome on March 14 at the United Nations. Thorhaug was also a former research associate professor at University of Miami Medical School with a joint appointment at University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (1971-1978). She received a Ph.D. in marine biology and chemical oceanography from the UM Rosenstiel School. She was awarded this honor for her pioneering work in the field of seagrass restoration, including the development of a large monitoring program at Turkey Point nuclear power plant and efforts to bring focus to seagrass restoration in Biscayne Bay. Michaela Walsh, founder of Women’s World Banking and Noel Brown, United Nations Environment Program North American Liaison Office, presented the award.

Graduate Student Receives Island School’s Cacique Maxey Award

Rosenstiel School graduate student Francesca Forrestal was recently awarded the inaugural Cacique Maxey award from the Island School in the Bahamas. This honor is awarded every year to Island School alumni who make a difference in their community. Dr. Sylvia Earle presented the award at the School’s 15th anniversary celebration in Boston. Rosenstiel School alumnus Chris Maxey founded the Island School in 1998. In describing the award, Maxey says, “when I look at our alumni, I see the future. I see the people who came to Island School to learn how to make a change in the world and I’m excited to start honoring those who have taken these marching orders to heart. The Maxey Cacique Alumni Award acknowledges those graduates who have taken their experience and spread the ripple effect far beyond the shores of Eleuthera. This award celebrates all different types of leadership, change, and commitment.”

Forrestal is pursuing a Ph.D. in marine biology and fisheries at UM Rosenstiel School and a current member of the Cape Eleuthera Island School board.