Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.
Interview with Hazel Nishimura, Darryl Tagami, Betty Young, Marian Yong by Edward Glazier. All four interviewees are current or retired employees of the Honolulu Lab which became the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.
Interview covers contain discussions of: family and behind the scenes stories of life at the Honolulu Lab, changes in technology, quality of publications, prices of real estate and tuitions in Hawaii, other agencies including the Pacific Ocean Fisheries Investigation (POFI), Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, and Fish and Wildlife Service, research vessels both foreign and domestic, high school and college days, life and death at the fisheries, lifestyle and culture in the sciences, ghost stories, and coffee in a Bunsen burner.
Marian Yong was born in Guangdong Province, China. She came to Hawaii in 1950 where she earned two degrees in mathematics from the University of Hawaii. She worked for many years in stock assessment. She was a mathematician at the Honolulu Lab and retired in 1995.
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