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I just had the pleasure of touring our conference locations for this year in St. Augustine and I think you’ll be very excited when you see them too. Besides having a great conference agenda lined up at some gorgeous sites there is also so much to do in the U.S.’s oldest city that you’ll want to make sure to stay an extra day or too to enjoy everything. If you want any recommendations let me know as I’m rather familiar with the historic district. There is some amazing food & drink offered in this city so make sure to check it out. I invite any members to join me in some libations during the conference and I’ll show you a few of my favorite haunts. As for the conference here are a few things that you need to know:

Call for presenters is open till March 15. Submit a proposal by filling out the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/mf0OkEmhC2ZJ4DBF2

Call for exhibitors is now open. Sign up here to claim one of the limited booth spaces.

The hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites, Vilano Beach is great being right on the beach and walking distance from Publix. They are also offering an amazing rate of $164 per night so reserve your space now.

We are accepting donations for the silent auction which helps raise money for scholarships. If you have anything you’d like to donate you can fill out the form found at https://goo.gl/forms/KSiyt4prgcDks9bf2 or if you have contacts for other groups that might donate you can just email me with who to get in touch with and I can take care of the rest.

There will be more to come on the conference so stay tuned. But now on to the other offerings in our region.

Seaglass and More at the BIC

The don’t miss event of the Sea Glass Symposium as well as many other great events are coming up at the Barrier Island Center. See their flyer for more details.

Research money available

The call for proposals for Sea Grant is now open. Check out here for more information.

Learn to “frog” by ear

Brevard Zoo has Frogwatch training coming up next month. Read the flyer for more information on this great citizen science project.

Job Opportunity available

Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Position: Coordinator, Academic Support Services position #980318

Job Summary: The Coordinator, Academic Support Services will coordinate various marine education programs, including developing curriculum, scheduling visiting groups, managing teaching labs, and training other instructors.

Job Duties: Will provide instruction in marine education programs at the high school level. Aid in maintaining a safe and clean work place in compliance with FAU and HBOI safety and dive safety programs. Perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A Master’s degree in marine science, environmental science, science education, or related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in marine science, environmental science, science education, or related field and two years of experience required. Experience in operating small boats is required. Experience in science education at the K-12 level is also required. Lifeguarding experience is preferred. Must be able to meet training and skill requirements set by FAU’s Dive Safety for snorkeling supervision. Requirements may include but are not limited to obtaining certifications in lifesaving, CPR, AED, O2, and first aid. Must complete the necessary training as provided by FAU and HBOI. Excellent organizational skills, strong communication skills, and the ability to work well as part of a team are also a must. Must be able to work outside of regular work hours when necessary. Valid driver’s license required.

Salary range: $35,000 – $40,000 per annum

Term:   Grant funded, current end date 7/31/17, eligible but not guaranteed for additional funding

Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is location at FAU’s Harbor Branch in Fort Pierce Florida.  Final candidate will be required to have official, sealed transcripts and original NACES evaluation, if applicable, sent from their educational institution to Human Resources prior to the start of employment. Successful completion of a background and motor vehicle check is required for the selected candidate prior to the start date.  Applicants must apply electronically on the website https://jobs.fau.edu by completing Faculty, Administrative, Managerial and Professional (AMP) Positions Application, position number 980318.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.

FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service, and reflects this commitment as a key Platform in its 2015-2025 Strategic Plan.  All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.

 

 

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start. Mine seems busier than ever. I have some great announcements for you starting with the FMSEA Annual Conference. Registration is open for our 2015 FMSEA Annual Conference that will be held in Tampa on April 30 to May 3, 2015.  Early bird registration rate is: $155 for annual members and $130 for lifetime members.  Registration link and hotel information can be found on our website: http://fmsea.org/events/conferences/2015-tampa-bay/

FMSEA invites you to propose a session at our 2015 conference. Topics on marine and ocean conservation, new and innovative marine science content, research, activities and curriculum are encouraged. All concurrent sessions will be Saturday, May 2. Please complete and submit a Call for Presenters form by: 5:00 PM March 15, 2015. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent during the following week of March.

Also don’t forget as a member you are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend professional development opportunities including our conference. You must apply 60 days before the PD so you’ll need to submit the application by February 28. Go to http://fmsea.org/membership/awards/ for more information and the application.

Save the Date for Fun in the Field

Mark your calendars for our next regional outing. We will be hosting an outing for our region on Sunday, March 15, 10a-2p, at the Marine Discovery Center. The day will be filled with field activities in the marsh and in and on the water. Lunch will be provided by FMSEA. I’m working with MDC currently to finalize our activities and will have further details for you later. Just don’t forget to save the date now, as you’ll enjoy seeing all they have to offer at the Marine Discovery Center.

The Next James Cameron

The Youth Making Ripples Film Festival is this Saturday, Jan. 24 at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne… tell your friends!  More info can be found at www.beneaththewavesfilmfest.org/youth-making-ripples.  The format for the night will include:

5-6 pm light refreshments, interactive demos/kiosks and research posters

6-7 pm 1 hour of exciting marine science films from around the world

7-8 pm Q & A session with local scientists

The entire event is FREE so bring a friend! You can RSVP by emailing youthmakingripples@gmail.com

Learn To Live Sustainably

Learn how to reduce your footprint, increase your handprint, and make connections for a better Brevard County!

The mission of the Sustainable Floridians Program is to guide Floridians on how to take individual responsibility for protecting Earth’s limited resources. Through a discussion-to-action format, the program educates participants about making wise use of resources, making households and communities more resilient and financially sound, and understanding the impact of individual lifestyle choices.

The course will meet at the Brevard County Extension offices in Cocoa, on two weekends in April: April 10 at 5 pm to 9 pm, April 11 at 9 am to 3 pm & April 17 at 5 pm to 9 pm, April 18 at 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is $30. Register at susflbrevard.eventbrite.com.

 Sea Turtles Dig the Dunes

It’s’ time once again to join together and take action to help protect our dunes and restore important sea turtle nesting habitat. Please see the Sea Turtles Dig the Dune Flyer for more details on the upcoming annual sea oat stewardship workshop in Melbourne Beach on February 7. There will be planting opportunities followed by a presentation form Larry Wood on the hawksbill sea turtle. Please call Donna Lee Crawford at 321-723-3556 to make your reservation as soon as possible as space is limited.

On the Half Shell

So what is going on in the world of oysters? I’m sure you ask yourself that on a regular basis. Well now you can find out. Check out the Brevard Zoo’s latest Oyster Restoration Newsletter to learn all things oyster. Don’t delay in reading it as they have some volunteer opportunities coming up as soon as Sunday. And for those a little further North don’t worry, they do monitoring and other restoration in Volusia County as well. Contact them to find out how to get involved.

The Keys Are Lovely This Time of Year

Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (NHMI) at Seacamp on Big Pine Key, FL will host their annual Marine Education Workshop on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 2015. In addition to the traditional professional development experiences scheduled at NHMI, a FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop and an Everglades Literacy  Workshop will also be offered during the weekend. Contact Judy Gregoire with any questions or to request a registration form for the weekend at seacamp2003@aol.com or 305-951-7429.

Its for the Birds

The Great Backyard Bird Count is delighted to be able to offer a free webinar to help teachers, homeschoolers, informal educators, nature centers, and others engage students and teach science using birds and the GBBC. The K-12 Education team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will deliver this live webinar which is being offered at these dates and times:

— January 27: noon and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
— February 4: 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

You’ll learn about citizen science, about the GBBC, how to participate, and how to use the count in your lessons. The session will include bird ID tips, education resources, interactive activities, and an opportunity to ask questions. Register today.

Arts and Outside

The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation in collaboration with Wyndham Cypress Palms Resort proudly invite you to Nature Explore workshops devoted to reconnecting children with nature.

  • What:  Using Your Outdoor Classroom and Arts & Nature workshops
  • When:  Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where:  Wyndham Cypress Palms Resort – Activities Center | Kissimmee, FL
  • How to Register:  Sign up by February 6, 2015 to reserve your spot!

Job Opportunity

Are you ready to translate your hard work into a huge impact? Nature’s Academy is a nonprofit educational organization that seeks to enhance science literacy and foster environmental stewardship. The Program Director is responsible for leading the education team in developing and implementing a dynamic set of programs. They seek a candidate ready to join the organization, lead staff and inspire excellence for an exciting future of positive change.  Please see the NA Program Director Description for full details. Closes on Feb 9.

Educational Diving Scholarship

If you are a teacher or educator, you may be eligible for CEDAM’s Lloyd Bridges Scholarship. This year’s recipient will join REEF’s Field Survey Trip to Grand Turk, July 11 – 18, 2015.  For more information on this trip, see the description for Grand Turk on REEF’s website www.reef.org.

The scholarship, awarded annually, enables a qualified educator to participate in a CEDAM-sponsored or -sanctioned expedition. CEDAM will cover the full cost of the  field trip and reimburse up to $800 for  air transportation. REEF Field Surveys are led by REEF staff or expert volunteers; participants have the opportunity to collect data, participate in daily talks, and interact with REEF members, staff, and local partner organizations. This is a hands-on experience during which participants have the opportunity for experiential learning in and out of the water.

The goal of the scholarship program is two-fold: One, to have educators experience the wonders of the underwater world and then be able to share these wonders with his or her students or constituents. Two, to have these inspired individuals go out and do what they can to help protect one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. To be eligible, applicants must be a certified scuba diver, a teacher (elementary or secondary level), or actively engaged in an education program at an institution or environmental organization, such as an aquarium, science center, or relevant non-profit organization. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need. CEDAM International will cover the recipient’s REEF Field Survey expenses (excluding incidentals and personal expenses), and up to $800 for air transportation costs.

All applicants must complete an application form and return it along with the required essay, a resume, and one letter of recommendation, to CEDAM by April 15, 2015.  All of the necessary application components should be sent electronically to both susansammon@gmail.com and janrosenfeld@gmail.com.  Additional information and the scholarship application can be found at http://cedaminternational.org

Estuarine Water Quality in the Classroom

Join a webinar introducing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Data in the Classroom curriculum module, “Monitoring Estuarine Water Quality.” Experts on monitoring water quality at NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves will teach you the following skills: accessing data to monitor extreme events; generating graphs to use in your classroom; helping your students develop their own questions about life in an estuary; and exploring data sets driven by the questions of actual students. Education coordinators from the research reserves will introduce the lesson plans and demonstrate how the module’s unique scaffolding  can help students develop skills to access and use online data.

The NOAA Data in the Classroom curriculum helps teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale. Each module features easy-to-use curriculum materials and specially designed websites that enable students to access and use real data.

Webinar 1: Thursday, January 29th – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (lasts 90 minutes)

The webinar will help middle school teachers increase their ability to use the waterquality module in the following ways:

  • Understand which types of data are provided by the research reserves’ System-Wide Monitoring Program and how data are collected
  • Access and plot     water quality data from 28 research reserves across the country to study factors that influence life in an estuary
  • Extend student investigations to explore extreme events, using parameters outside those addressed in this module
  • Lead students in looking for patterns and changes in water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity when exploring an estuary
  • Guide authentic student-driven investigations
  • Access tools and curricula to support next-generation science standards as well as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming

Participants should meet the following course expectations:

  1. Have a basic understanding of water quality parameters within an estuary system and the significance of parameters
  2. Review the teacher’s guide outlining the five activities that make-up this water quality module and associated resources on the website
  3. Complete a quick assignment ahead of the webinar (email to follow)
  4. Participate in evaluation of the webinar
  5. Submit a reflection statement addressing questions (required just for those interested in receiving a Data in the Classroom digital badge)

Education coordinators are available for support during the school year and provide opportunities for field-based professional development at reserves around the country. Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat now: http://tinyurl.com/kjmdmy5

 

Calling all FMSEA members!

National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference

We just returned from a wonderful NMEA Conference in Annapolis, MD and now we’re ready to start our own conference planning. Please read on for details about the FMSEA 2015 Conference and NMEA 2016 (did I mention that FMSEA is hosting?!)

FMSEA 2015: May 1 – 3, 2015 in Tampa, FL

NMEA 2016: June 25 – July 1, 2016 in Orlando, FL  fmsea.org/nmea16

We’re looking for some eager FMSEA members to serve on our Conference Committees. If you are interested in helping with either the 2015 or 2016 Conference (or both), please e-mail Kasey at president@fmsea.org. Here are some areas where we need help:
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Exhibits
  • Auctions
  • Field Trips
  • Speakers/Special Guests
  • Hospitality
  • Technology
  • Events (i.e. SciCafe, Banquet)
  • Transportation
  • Publications (i.e. signs, Conference program)
  • Sponsorship & Fund Raising

Last but not least, if you attended NMEA 2014, we would love to hear from you. What did you like? What would you like to see more of? Please send your feedback to nmea16@fmsea.org.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely,

Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, 2014-2015 FMSEA President

president@fmsea.org

FMSEA 2014 is on the Horizon!

by Earnie 2014/03/12 Crow's Nest

The FMSEA 2014 Conference is almost upon us! I hope you will be joining us in Panama City Beach, FL on April 25 – 27, 2014. The Conference Committee has been working hard and has some great things lined up for the weekend including field trips, a SciCafe at Gulf World Marine Park, concurrent sessions […]

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ACCEPTING AWARD SUBMISSIONS

by Earnie 2014/02/05 Crow's Nest

Each year, FMSEA  recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the FMSEA 2014 Conference in Panama City Beach, FL. Nominate someone […]

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FMSEA Scholarships & Teacher Trust Fund

by Earnie 2013/08/16 Crow's Nest

Scholarships Available! Did you know that FMSEA awards scholarships to educators every year? Individual Scholarships will be presented to FMSEA members to attend either an environmental professional development program or a professional conference (including the FMSEA annual conference). Awards may cover registration, travel or accommodation costs. Applicants are encouraged to secure matching funds from sources […]

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And the winner is…

by Editor 2013/07/09 Littoral Drift (Community News)

In case you missed the announcement (or don’t subscribe to scuttlebutt), FMSEA’s very own Howard Rutherford (former West Central Regional Director, former FMSEA President) was just elected president-elect of our national organization, National Marine Educators Association. Given his tremendous leadership in FMSEA and at his home institution (Pier Aquarium/Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center […]

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One More Day to Get the Early Bird Rate for the Conference

by Brandon 2013/03/31 East Central

Monday, April 1, is the last day to get the early bird rate for the FMSEA conference. So if you were considering going sign up TODAY!  http://fmsea.org/events/conferences/2013-changing-environments/

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FMSEA Award & Scholarship Deadlines

by Dana 2013/03/07 Regional Reports

Calling all fin-tastic educators! We need nominations for the 2013 FMSEA Service Award & the John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year Award. The FMSEA Outstanding Marine Educator Award began in 1986. It was renamed in 1999 in honor of John Beakley, a Marine Science Resource Teacher in Palm Beach County and one of […]

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Drum Roll Please

by Brandon 2013/02/15 East Central

Don’t Delay, Register Today It is here! The time is NOW! Registration is now open for the FMSEA Annual Conference. Join us May 2-5 at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce. I’m especially excited about our keynote speaker, Dr. Edie Widder, CEO and co-founder of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, and star of […]

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