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NMEA Member Highlight: Sarah Richards

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sarah RichardsSarah Richards is an associate chair and teacher in the Science Department of Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, NY.

She is currently a member of the Executive Committee and secretary for NMEA and an active member of her local chapter, the New York State Marine Education Association (NYSMEA). 

We asked her four key questions about her experience with NMEA:

1. Why did you join NMEA? 
I joined NMEA in order to meet and network with other teachers, share curriculum ideas, and to be a better-informed marine science educator.

2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals? 
I have certainly met the three goals stated above!  Through attending the annual conferences, using Scuttlebutt, and being a member of the NMEA board, I have met so many wonderful people who are passionate about marine science and marine education.

3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?
I am most proud of the work that NMEA has done with the ocean literacy principles - helping to write them, and having them be incorporated into the Next Generation Science Standards.

4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?
Stimulating, fun, essential.

Our Membership Drive is underway until June 8, so if you join now, you'll be eligible for raffle prizes from aquariums around the country and our grand prize, a GoPro camera! We'd love to have you join us! Find out more about membership in NMEA today >

Photo courtesy of Sarah Richards


Tags:  member highlight  membership  NYSMEA 

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Thinking about joining NMEA? Now’s the time!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NMEA Membership DriveNMEA is pleased to announce our first ever Membership Drive! Kicking off today, Earth Day (April 22), and continuing through World Oceans Day (June 8), we have seven solid weeks planned of celebrating initiatives such as ocean literacy and highlighting the people that make us who we are: our members.

Are you an educator working with students grades K-12? An up-and-coming professional just entering the field of marine science education? An informal educator about to embark on a busy summer camp season? A university professor or scientist looking to influence the field? A retired professional looking to stay involved? We invite you to join us!

NMEA offers professional resources, connections, leadership opportunities and spheres of influence exclusively in the field of marine science education. We are proud of our niche role, working to advance the field of education of the world of water, both fresh and salt.

So why join now? Because we thought we’d have some fun and invite you along! In addition to all of the benefits available online, in person, and through our peer-reviewed journal, we’re pleased to offer you the opportunity to join at our low professional rates (before they increase on August 1, 2014) and gain entry to our Membership Drive raffle. Thanks to our colleagues and supporters, by joining during our Membership Drive, you will be eligible to win raffle prizes including packages from aquariums throughout the U.S. and our Grand Prize – a GoPro camera! So join us today!

Already a member? We’d love to have you help us spread the word. Please use the hashtag #CatchtheCurrent on social media and send us photos of you in action! Together we can do great things for the ocean. It takes a village and we’re so glad you’re a part of ours! 

For a little member fun - can you describe NMEA in just three words?

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Explore NMEA14 conference opportunities with our Pinterest board

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NMEA14 Pinterest Board

Curious about this year's national conference in Annapolis, Md.? Then surf on over to our NMEA14 Pinterest board to see all that it has to offer!

The handy map format allows you to explore many of the conference venues around the scenic Chesapeake Bay watershed and highlights the incredible field trip opportunities at locations that include Smithsonian Institution sites, scenic state parks, and landmarks in our national capital! 

Take a look, and if you're active on Pinterest, follow the board for more fun to come! 

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Are you heading to Boston for NSTA?

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello NMEA members! If you are heading to Boston this week for NSTA, we'd love to talk with you. We are moving full steam ahead with strategic planning and it's important that we get your input. We know you'll be extremely busy, so we promise to take only five minutes of your time.

On Thursday, April 3, we'll be in Convention Center 052A/B beginning at 8:00 am for our hour-long Share-a-thon and then a full track of marine science education focused sessions from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. When you come to our room, let any of our Board members know that you are there to give your input into strategic planning.

Come share your thoughts about the future of NMEA, the influence we can have on ocean literacy, STEM and other important initiatives, and how we can continue to work together for marine science education. NMEA is powered by its members, so we look forward to hearing your ideas!

Not coming to Boston? You can still participate! We're working with Julie Henry from The Pulse Team to facilitate this process so just e-mail her with your ideas.

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Announcing our new home at Maryland Sea Grant

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, March 28, 2014

Maryland Sea Grant logoWe're moving! We're excited to announce that our NMEA National Office will be housed at Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) in College Park, Md., at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Established in 1977, MDSG works with university partners to promote economic and environmental health in marine, coastal, estuarine, and watershed regions, with a particular emphasis on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays.

Long-time member and past NMEA President, J. Adam Frederick, assistant director for education at MDSG, will be responsible for oversight of the management of the NMEA Office operation and will supervise our new NMEA staff member, Jeannette Connors, in her capacity as NMEA office manager/membership coordinator.

Read more about our move here >

Please update your address book with our new contact info:

Phone: 844-OUR-NMEA (844-687-6632)


Address: NMEA National Office
                 Jeannette Connors
                 4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300
                 College Park, MD 20740

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Webinar Recap: Ocean Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, March 20, 2014

We were thrilled to have over 100 participants join us last week for an online update on what's new with Ocean Literacy efforts. 

The webinar, presented by the NMEA Ocean Literacy team, focused on how ocean sciences play a more prominent role in the Next Generation Science Standards and new curricula that's now available to support the NGSS goals. 

Missed it? No problem - here's a recoding! 

Tags:  NGSS  Ocean Literacy 

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A variety of scholarships available for our annual conference

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, March 3, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Did you know that we offer variety of scholarships to provide financial support for educators to attend our annual conference? 

There are three different types of scholarships available:

NMEA member-only scholarships: Available for NMEA members in good standing living in the U.S. or abroad.

Expanding Audiences scholarships: Part of a program to recruit and assist individuals from groups underrepresented in science, or those who serve under-represented or under-served audiences, to support qualified individuals to share their expertise, experiences and perspectives through active participation in our annual conference.

Traditional Knowledge scholarships: Created to assist cultural practitioners and experts of indigenous traditional knowledge who are interested in promoting the recognition, understanding, and respect of traditional knowledge and rights as it relates to marine resources and ecosystems. 

All scholarship nominations and applications are due March 15, and notifications will be made by April 15. Check out our scholarships page for full details and application information.   

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Our first newsletter of 2014

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Sunday, March 2, 2014
Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014

Our first newsletter of 2014 is out! It highlights member features available here on our website, an update on our national conference and related scholarships, the latest news on EMSEA14, and our search for a new editor for our peer-reviewed journal, Current. 

Didn't see it in your inbox? No worries, you can access it here, and update your contact email below:

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Seeking an editor for our peer-reviewed journal

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, February 21, 2014
Updated: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Current cover

We are currently seeking an experienced, entrepreneurial editor to take the helm of our peer-reviewed member publication, Current: The Journal of Marine Education in this age of digital publishing. Current is published annually up to four times a year.

Download the full position description here >

We will begin reviewing applicants by the end of March and the position will stay open until filled.

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Registration is open for #NMEA14 - join us in Annapolis in July!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, February 20, 2014

Registration for our 2014 conference is now open! Join us in historic Annapolis, Md., July 21-25 for great sessions, fun field trips, and incredible networking opportunities!

Our 2014 conference will focus on STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), but will also highlight a variety of other marine and aquatic topics. Keynote and plenary speakers will include Dr. Edith Widder, expert on bioluminescence, deep-sea exploration, and the giant squid, Dr. Michael Wysession, geophysicist and NGSS writing team leader, and Dr. Rita Colwell, biotechnology and public health researcher and former National Science Foundation director.

There will be over 100 sessions in tracks focusing on classroom and informal education, scientific research, administration, NGSS, education research and program evaluation, and arts and culture. There is also an optional "unconference" session on Friday for those who want extended professional development in a less formal setting involving discussions and on-the-fly sharing of the latest topics in education. Additionally, there will be field trips to look for fossils, snorkel, visit the monuments in D.C. and much more.

Scholarships are available to NMEA members, first-time attendees who represent and/or educate those underrepresented in science, and experts in traditional knowledge and rights as it relates to marine systems. The deadline for all scholarships is March 15.

Full registration is a complete package, which includes viewing the keynote and plenary speakers, entrance to the exhibit hall, all concurrent sessions, three lunches and snacks, and entrance to Monday's opening reception at the U.S. Naval Academy, Tuesday's evening event at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and Wednesday's banquet and auction at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

Full registration begins at just $395 for NMEA members and $445 for non-members through April 30!! Day registrations are also available. Register today!

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