DIVING CONFERENCE HISTORY EXPLORES MARINE SPONGES AND HUMAN HEALTH BENEFITS

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Shirley Pomponi’s research focuses on sustainable methods of producing sponge-derived chemicals with beneficial effects on human health. CONTRIBUTED

Join the Diving History Museum on Wednesday September 21 at 7 p.m. for an “Immersion!” conference entitled “Drugs from Sponges” presented by Professor Shirley Pomponi.

Pomponi is a research professor at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute-Florida Atlantic University. She earned a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of Miami, Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. An ocean explorer and marine biotechnologist, Pomponi’s research focuses on marine sponges and, in particular, the development of sustainable methods for the production of sponge-derived chemicals with human health benefits.

The museum will host the presentation onsite with limited space in the Bauer Diving History Research Library, as well as a private Zoom meeting. If you are interested in attending in person, email the Community Outreach Team at [email protected] or call the museum at 305-664-9737.
To register for the Zoom meeting, visit DivingMuseum.org. Places will be limited; participants must register in advance. HDM will stop taking reservations at noon on Tuesday, September 20 or when all slots have been taken. For those unable to attend in person or virtually, the session will be recorded and posted on HDM’s YouTube channel. Sponsors are HDM members David and Patti Gross, and Culture Builds Florida.

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