HISTORY OF DIVING LECTURE DELVES INTO MARINE SPONGES & HUMAN HEALTH BENEFITS

Shirley Pomponi's research focuses on sustainable methods for production of sponge-derived chemicals with human health benefits. CONTRIBUTED

Join the History of Diving Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. for an “Immerse Yourself!” lecture featuring “Drugs from Sponges” presented by professor Shirley Pomponi. 

Pomponi is a research professor at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute-Florida Atlantic University. She earned a doctorate 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 production of sponge-derived chemicals with human health benefits. 

The museum will host the presentation on-site with limited seating in the Bauer Diving History Research Library, as well as through 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. Spaces will be limited; attendees must register in advance. HDM will stop taking reservations at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 20 or when all slots have been taken. For those unable to attend in-person or virtually, the session will be recorded and posted to the HDM YouTube channel. The sponsors are HDM members David and Patti Gross, and Culture Builds Florida.

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