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UDaily: College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment celebrates new research vessel, robotics lab

UDaily: College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment celebrates new research vessel, robotics lab

Joanne Currier Daiber gave up a career in marine science for love, but she never gave up her love of marine science.

Now, a new ship to support coastal research and education at the University of Delaware has been named for Daiber, who was the first female marine scientist hired by UD — in an era when few women entered scientific fields.

Her career began in 1951 and ended just two years later, when she married a colleague, Franklin Daiber, in the fledgling program. University policy at the time prohibited married couples from working together, but Joanne Daiber continued to support the program as a volunteer by coordinating graduate housing, editing books and manuscripts, and assisting in research.

More than six decades later, some 100 people turned out for a ceremony to celebrate the dedication of the 46-foot R/V Joanne Daiber and the opening of the new Robotic Discovery Laboratories at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. 

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