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The Honorable Ambassador to Costa Rica, Sharon Day’s, remarks at OTS’ La Selva Research Station 50th Anniversary reception 

"What an honor it is to be here with you tonight to mark this very important milestone of the 50th anniversary of the La Selva Research Station.  It is a milestone that is significant not only for the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and the universities and researchers it represents, but also for the history of academic and scientific cooperation between the United States and Costa Rica. 

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) has been – and continues to be – a leading force in that strong tradition of academic exchange between our two countries, and I want to begin by adding my heartfelt congratulations to all the staff… researchers…and member institutions of the Organization for Tropical Studies on this remarkable 50th anniversary.

All the pioneering work new discoveries, professional connections and history of excellence make this milestone a cause for commemoration and celebration.
               
We are all very proud of La Selva, a lush, verdant corner of this beautiful country dedicated to the greater good.  Because of its ability to attract the best scientists from around the world, La Selva is constantly revealing new knowledge about tropical ecosystems, resulting in a truly impressive body of research that has expanded the boundaries of our knowledge of the tropics.

Now at the half-century mark La Selva continues to flex its wings dreaming of a brighter future energetically moving forward and building on an illustrious history of academic and scientific achievements.

The stimulating educational environment for its researchers has paid off tremendously with over 240 scientific papers published each year based on research conducted at the site. Just as important is the role OTS plays in teaching young people the value of scientific inquiry and environmental conservation.

As the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica I want to tell you how proud I am, how proud we are on behalf of the U.S. government, of the instrumental role of U.S. research institutions in the founding development and continued success of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and La Selva, the jewel in its crown.  


OTS’s emphasis on cooperation between academics and scientists from the United States and Costa Rica once again proves the value of international educational and scientific cooperation. La Selva it remains a vital refuge for all those who ask challenging questions, dig deeper, those that climb up into the canopy, and those that put in the hours, the weeks and the years of research in the pursuit of knowledge.  

Now, an outstanding educational institution cannot be built overnight I know that during the past fifty years La Selva’s place as a leading research station was secured through the hard work and selfless devotion of many people.  

OTS was also fortunate to have had visionary leadership that supported the creation of not only La Selva, but also the research stations and botanical garden in Palo Verde and Las Cruces.

All the technological advances that academic and research centers embrace come with multiple demands and one of the most important of these is to become more internationalized, more open to experts beyond our borders and to become more flexible in order to take advantage of the opportunities offered by establishing close relationships with top institutions around the world.

I had the opportunity to meet today with Dr. Sandy Andelman, Mr. Carlos Silva and Mr. Tristan Schnader and I am delighted to say that I foresee many more years of important achievements and contributions by the students and scientists that come down to La Selva. 

It is my sincere hope that the United States and Costa Rica will continue to work together even more closely in the years ahead for the benefit of not only our two countries but for the good of the global scientific community.

Before I close, may I once again express my very best wishes for continued success at La Selva Research Station and I look forward to visiting during my tenure as Ambassador here in Costa Rica.

Congratulations on this important anniversary and Godspeed in all your future endeavors…
Thank you".

The Honorable United States Ambassador Sharon Day

Last Updated ( 03/21/18 )
 
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