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UVA Graduate Wins Coastal and Ocean Management Award

Melissa Keywood, who recently finished her master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia (UVA), has received a 2012 Walter B. Jones Award for Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Management. The award, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), honors individuals and organizations that have made a difference by dedicating countless hours and energy to conserving coastal resources and improving coastal communities throughout America.

As part of her graduate work, Keywood served as project manager for two Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) funded projects carried out by UVA’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN). This work involved holding listening sessions and focus groups in Virginia Beach and on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore to assess public understanding, attitudes, and recommendations for shoreline protection in the face of sea level rise.

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