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Dr. John S. Allen

Ketchum Award Given to Oceanographer From Oregon

September 24-25, 1986
From the
Falmouth Enterprise

The third Bostwick H. Ketchum Award from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will go to an Oregon man who spent one year as a guest investigator in WHOI's department of physical oceanography.

John S. Allen, professor in the College of Oceanography at Oregon State University, Corvallis, will be in Woods Hole on Oct. 1 to receive the award. He specializes in studies of currents and sea level over the continental shelf.

Dr. Allen has been at Oregon State since 1973, with an intervening sabbatical year, 1979-1880, as a guest investigator at WHOI. Previously he bad worked in research positions at Pennsylvania State University and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The Bostwick H. Ketchum Award is an endowed lectureship that brings an internationally-recognized scientist to Woods Hole for a lecture. In alternate years the award supports a longer visit by a younger scientist. It gives promising young scientists a chance to meet with some of their colleagues, said Anne I. Rabushka, a public information officer at WHOI. The Ketchum award was established in 1883 as a tribute to Bostwick "Buck" Ketchum, who died in 1982 when he, was 70.

Dr. Ketchum was a strong force in the development of biological oceanography in Woods Hole and a respected scientist at the international level who tarried but pioneering research on the effects of ocean dumping. He was associated with WHOI for more than 40 years, retiring as associate director in 1977.

The 1984 award recipient was Edward D. Goldberg of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. Last year the recipient was Michael N. Moore of the Institute for Marine Environmental Research in Plymouth, England.

As part of the award presentation ceremony, which is scheduled for 4 P.M. in Redfield Auditorium, Dr. Allen will give a talk titled "Large Scale Dynamics of the Coastal Ocean." The lecture and ceremony are open to the public.

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