The Marine Science Center Is 50 Years Young!

50th Anniversary Invitation

The OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, ORdedicated in 1965is celebrating 50 years as Oregon State University's Marine Lab.

HMSC is honoring the past and celebrating the future with special events throughout 2015. We have also added historical resources, and a HMSC history blog with a Photo of the Week feature. See our brand new historical slideshow and HMSC history webpages, posted in July 2015!

50th Anniversary Celebration 

Fifty years after OSU dedicated the Marine Science Center, Oregon State University honored the past with a Celebration and a special look to the future with OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative.

The Friday, August 7 Celebration on the HMSC campus featured speakers, a historical slide show and a new video celebrating HMSC's bright future. 

"How Oceanography Saved the World," presented by HMSC Alumnus and NOAA Chief Scientist Rick Spinrad, is available via Adobe Connect


 Alumni Speaker Series

Special presentations by our distinguished alumni and former faculty. Topics will span HMSC’s diverse research and 50-year history. Presentations in the Hennings Auditorium will be followed by a reception in the Visitor Center. For those not able to attend, presentations will be broadcast via the web.

The first Alumni Presentation on April 10 featured Dr. Peter Rothlisberg: From Fighting Beaver to Boxing Kangarooa Tale in Two Hemispheres. Event information along with a Photo of the Week feature can also be found on our HMSC history blog at

Dr. Rick SpinradThe second Alumni Speaker was Dr. Rick Spinrad on Friday August 7 in the Visitor Center Auditorium. His presentation, "How Oceanography Saved the World" was part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration.

 All-HMSC Reunion Weekend! April 10-12

Thank you to all who attended the All-HMSC Reunion

Photos of the event are available on Flickr at

The Reunion Weekend included Marine Science Day, HMSC's annual open house. Marine Science Day features interactive displays on current research presented by HMSC scientists and students. Join us for Marine Science Day on April 9, 2016see for more information.