In 2015, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, or VIMS, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. VIMS started out in 1940 as the Virginia Fisheries Laboratory in Yorktown, moved to its present location in Gloucester Point in 1950, and took on its current name in 1962.
According to the VIMS Web site, the Institute “has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. VIMS provides these services to Virginia, the nation, and the world. The School of Marine Science (SMS) at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States.”
The year-long anniversary celebration will include a series of “after-hour lectures” from February through October. The VIMS Web site on the anniversary is http://75th.vims.edu/, and an overview of the anniversary is available in “VIMS Begins Yearlong Celebration of 75th Anniversary,” Williamsburg Yorktown (Va.) Daily, 1/22/15.
The main VIMS Web site is http://www.vims.edu/, and you can contact the Institute at P. O. Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062-1346; phone (804) 684-7000.