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Stanford Report, October 9, 2000
Hopkins Marine Station to be open to the public Oct. 21

The Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row has become a mecca for millions of tourists around the world.

But just a few yards from the hustle and bustle of the aquarium sits Stanford's renowned Hopkins Marine Station -- a secluded 11-acre campus usually restricted to university faculty, students and personnel.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will get a rare opportunity to visit the historic marine lab, when Hopkins holds its first open house since 1992.

Photo: L.A. Cicero

Adults and children will be able to tour six research laboratories, and a special classroom will be set up with live animals for viewing. There also will be two feedings of captive bluefin tuna at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m., scientists will present half-hour talks describing their research on migrating tuna, squid communication, tide pools, sea urchins, algae, global warming and much more. Faculty speakers will include Hopkins Director George Somero, David Epel, Bill Gilly, Barbara Block, Stuart Thompson, Mark Denny and Paul Levine.

A video about Hopkins called "Blue Revolution," produced by the Stanford News Service, will be shown at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

In addition to seeing the spectacular Monterey Bay coastline, visitors will get to wander the very halls frequented by author John Steinbeck and his marine biologist pal, Ed "Doc" Ricketts, in the 1930s. The Miller Library will feature a small display about Steinbeck's novel, Cannery Row, based on Ricketts' life. Librarian Joe Wible also will give talks on the early history of Hopkins, which was founded in 1892 -- the first American marine laboratory on the Pacific coast.

Hopkins Marine Station is located next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Oceanview Boulevard in Pacific Grove, about 90 miles south of Stanford's main campus.

For directions and a complete schedule of events call (831) 655-6200 or log on to: . All events are free and open to the public.

Please note that parking will be limited to vehicles with handicap permits. Everyone else will need to park off campus and walk onto the Hopkins grounds.