November 21, 2013

Nominations Open for 2014 Doherty Professorship

Cambridge, MA, November 21, 2013 - The MIT Sea Grant College Program announces that nominations are now open for the Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization. All non-tenured MIT faculty members from any Institute department are eligible. Department heads may submit one nomination every year. The deadline for nominations is December 11, 2013. The person appointed to the Chair will receive $25,000 per year for two years, beginning July 1, 2014.

Endowed by the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, the two-year Chair opens the way for promising, non-tenured professors to undertake marine-related research that will further innovative uses of the ocean's resources. There are no restrictions on the area of research, and any aspect of marine use and/or management may be addressed, whether social, political, environmental, economic or technical.

Final selection will be made by a committee that includes the Vice President and Associate Provost, the Dean for Research, the Dean of Engineering, the Dean of Science, the Chairman of the Sea Grant Committee and the Director of the MIT Sea Grant College Program, following review and recommendations from the Sea Grant Faculty Committee. The Vice President for Research will appoint the new Doherty Professor in early 2014. While serving as the Doherty Assistant or Associate Professor of Ocean Utilization, the incumbent may not hold another MIT-funded chair.

The 2013 award went to Jonathan Runstadler, Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering, in support of his project titled, Influenza Ecology in the Ocean Environment: Environmental Persistence, Viral Adaptation, and Transmission between Seabirds and Marine Mammals.

Individuals wishing to be nominated should contact his or her department head. For nomination procedures and selection criteria please visit: or contact Kathy de Zengotita at: