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NERC Ship Name Poll Closes, Boaty McBoatface Landslide Favorite

first_imgThe UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has closed its online poll to name the UK’s next world-class polar research ship that sprung one of the quirkiest names a vessel might be given, the Boaty McBoatface.The proposal has been given a major support from the social media and the name remains on top of the most loved entries so far with 124,109 votes.The Name Our Ship online poll closed at midnight, on Saturday, 16 April with around 7,000 suggestions.Other top five proposals include Poppy-Mai, Henry Worsley, David Attenborough, and Its Bloody Cold Here, all with far less number of supporters.NERC said it would now review all of the suggested names and the final decision for the name will be announced in due course, but chances for the ship being named RRS Boaty McBoatface are far fetched as the council wanted the name to be “inspirational and exemplify the work it will do.”“The ship could be named after a local historical figure, movement, or landmark – or a famous polar explorer or scientist,” the council said announcing the poll earlier this year.Set to set sail in 2019, and backed by £200m of government funding, the polar research ship will be built at the Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside.According to NERC, the ship will provide the UK with the most advanced floating research fleet in the world and will help put the UK at the forefront of ocean research for years to come.last_img read more

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UWF lands 12 on GSC Fall All-Academic Team

first_img   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On Tuesday the Gulf South Conference announced its 2012 Fall Sports All-Academic Team, and the University of West Florida had 12 student-athletes earn the honor. The conference also announced the 2012 GSC Fall Sports Academic Honor Roll, and UWF had 44 student-athletes make the grade.Academic All-GSC teams are selected by the GSC sports information directors (SIDs) and faculty athletic representatives (FARs) in a joint vote. Nominees must have an overall grade point average of 3.20 or better on a 4.00 scale for their entire academic career and may not be freshmen or first-semester or quarter transfers. The student-athlete must be a significant contributor to the squad. Other factors include leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities.Frank Cope from the UWF men’s soccer team and Monica Malavassi from the women’s soccer team both earned their third GSC all-academic team selection this year. Cope (3.50 GPA) and Malavassi (3.66 GPA) have succeeded both on and off the field for the Argonauts, as both have earned numerous national, regional and conference awards.Along with Cope, four other members of the Argos men’s soccer team earned all-academic status, including goalkeeper Steven Hermosa (3.72), defender Trey Kramer (3.65), defender James Moore (3.24) and midfielder Lucas Williams (3.69). For Kramer, it was his second all-academic selection.From the national champion UWF women’s soccer team, Malavassi was joined on the GSC all-academic team by defender Kelly Andres (3.32), midfielder Daniela Cruz (3.41) and defender Taylor Harbison (3.36). Cruz’s selection was the second of her career.The UWF volleyball team boasted two All-Americans in 2012, and both players were also stars in the classroom. Sophomore Autumn Duyn (3.55), the GSC Player of the Year, and Haley Shackelford (3.45) both earned spots on the GSC all-academic team.The Argos also had one cross country student-athlete earn GSC all-academic honors, as junior Renea Porsch (3.50) earned the award for the second straight year. Porsch was a unanimous all-academic selection and is also a two-time All-GSC pick.The GSC academic honor roll includes all student-athletes that meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, including freshmen and first-year transfers. UWF had 44 student-athletes meet or exceed the 3.0 GPA, including six from men’s cross country, five from women’s cross country, 10 from men’s soccer, 14 from women’s soccer and nine from volleyball.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#2012 GSC Fall All-Academic Team 2012 GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll  Print Friendly Version UWF lands 12 on GSC Fall All-Academic Team Frank Cope (left) and Monica Malavassi (right) both earned their third career Academic All-GSC honors on Tuesday center_img Sharelast_img read more