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E-Update for February 26, 2014

Gulf Research Program Holds Successful Advisory Group Meeting, Announces 2014 Workshops and Talks

Dear Colleagues:

Greetings from the Gulf Research Program. We recently returned from a productive Advisory Group meeting in Houston, TX (February 11-12;
agenda). Much of our meeting was devoted to discussing the input we received over the past six months during our listening meetings in the Gulf States and virtual meetings. We worked to synthesize what we learned, continue the process of defining the program's mission and goals, and we began to write the program's initial strategic plan (now called a "vision document"). We also had productive relationship-building sessions on safety and environmental issues with representatives from the oil and gas industry, including site visits to a real-time operations center and a drilling simulation and training center.

Looking ahead, we will focus on several important projects. Beyond the process of developing our vision document, we are planning three focused, information-gathering workshops to be held in 2014. These workshops are designed to provide in-depth discussions of perceived needs and areas of emphasis for our program. The first workshop will focus on human health, the second on environmental monitoring, and the third on training. All will have a public access component, likely web-based. Details will be announced on our website and by e-update.

This spring, you can find us at several community events. We'll be giving talks on March 26 at the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit 2014 in Houston, and on May 6 at the International Oil Spill Conference 2014 in Savannah. If you're coming to these events, please take a minute to connect with us.