President’s Blog April 14, 2017
President's Blog

President’s Blog April 14, 2017

Spring Break; UConn ScHOLA²RS; Covanta       Dear Friend:…

Spring Break; UConn ScHOLA²RS; Covanta




Dear Friend:

Spring Break

As I write this I am thinking of our team who are welcoming thousands of guests for the two weeks of Spring break.  I appreciate all of the extra effort that our staff and volunteers extend during this period when we do not have the benefit of summer staff.

All of us appreciate the many guests and members who make Mystic Aquarium a priority visit, and a rite of Spring.  We are thrilled to have you!

The Stonington Police Department patrol boat is one of the highlights of Spring Break at Mystic Aquarium.  The boat is on display through next week when it will be launched in Stonington Harbor and begin patrolling the harbor, Little Narragansett Bay, the Pawcatuck River and the Mystic River.

 SP Cruiser

University of Connecticut  ScHOLA²RS House

On Friday, April7, Mystic Aquarium hosted a group of students from the University of Connecticut’s  ScHOLA²RS House, (Scholastic House of Leaders in Support of African American Researchers and Scholars) a Learning Community designed to support the scholastic efforts of male students who identify as African American/Black through academic and social/emotional support access to research opportunities, and professional development.

Larry Rivarde, Senior Vice President of Zoological Operations, Vice President of Biological Programs,  Dr. Allison Tuttle, and Chief Scientist, Dr. Tracy Romano, presented an overview of Mystic Aquarium engaged the students in a discussion of our animal husbandry and research programs.


Covanta Cove

One of the most popular exhibits at Mystic Aquarium is “Covanta Cove”, an interactive exhibit showcasing the work of Covanta, a corporation specializing in converting trash to electricity nationwide.

covanta exhibit

covanta logo

Last week a group of us from Mystic Aquarium visited a Covanta trash to energy generation plan in Preston, Connecticut.  It is fascinating to see how tons of trash delivered from municipalities each day is sorted by huge remotely operated cranes and then moved into an incineration unit, burned and converted to steam. The steam then generates electricity which is sent out to the electrical grid.

Tour group

The facility in Preston, like others that Covanta operates, is filled with technology including a multi-screen control center.  Information Technology Specialist Jeff Glennon, who was on the tour, and who has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the Covanta Cove exhibit at Mystic Aquarium, took control of the real crane as you can see below.

Operating the crane

We are delighted to be in partnership with Covanta and look forward to developing more awareness and engagement in recycling generally and green energy specifically.

Also last week, the Research Advisory Council and President’s Council met.  Both of these groups provide me with advice on the direction of the organization and around key strategic issues.  I am very grateful for their dedication and service to Mystic Aquarium.

See you all soon!



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