The Ocean Sciences Award is presented for outstanding and long-standing service contributions to the ocean sciences. Robert Heinmiller will receive the award this year at the 1995 Fall Meeting for developing an electronic mail system for the oceanographic community that has dramatically changed our discipline. He and Susan Kubany founded OMNET Corporation 16 years ago, and they bravely led the way for oceanographers to enter the electronic mail era well before e-mail was fashionable. The OMNET linked oceanographers, helping to advance ocean sciences research projects and information exchange. The two collaborators made e-mail user-friendly—you did not have to be a computer guru to use OMNET. Their pioneering effort created a true sense of community for ocean scientists.