Rutgers marine scientist Rich Lutz will go to deep depths for public access to science. He has spent hundreds of hours since his first dive in 1979 in a variety of submersibles exploring hydrothermal vents throughout the world’s oceans… Last week, The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences agreed. In recognition of his lifelong contributions to ocean sciences, and for making those sciences accessible to the public, Lutz joined such luminaries as filmmaker James Cameron and the late oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and received the academy’s highest award – the NOGI… "Some of the scientists told me, ‘Well, I can go down there and take pictures just as well as these guys can,’" Lutz recalls. "Well, no, you can’t. Some of those scientists never forgave me, but if I had it to do again, I’d do it in a heartbeat."
/ / / Richard Lutz Recognized by Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences for His Contributions