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Celebrate a Marine Halloween!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, October 27, 2014

Coastal Living pumpkin patternHalloween is this Friday, so we're going to have some spooky fun with a marine focus! Follow us on Twitter to meet some truly creepy, crawly, and downright different critters from the sea - we'll be using the tag #MarineHalloween, so share your own favorites with that tag as well!

Need some inspiration? Check out this post from Smithsonian's Ocean Portal to get started > 

Looking for other ways to celebrate the sea this autumn? How about carving a coastal pumpkin? Take a peek at these great ideas and patterns from Coastal Living magazine > 

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October 2014 Newsletter

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall 2014 NewsletterOur fall newsletter is out! It provides a recap of our national conference, which was held in Annapolis, Md., in July, as well as a preview of all that you will be able to see and do at next year's conference in Rhode Island. It also takes an insider's look at the EMSEA14 conference in Sweden, provides guidance on how to update your member profile on our website, and more!

Didn't see it in your inbox? No worries, you can access it here, and update your contact email or sign-up for future mailings here >

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Guest Blog by Erin Hobbs: Boston Harbor Educators Conference recap

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, October 2, 2014

What a great Saturday at the Boston Harbor Educators Conference hosted by Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) at UMass Boston!

Boston Harbor

Phil Colarusso, a diving scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, started the day with a great talk discussing the recovery of Boston Harbor. He showed incredible footage of sea life found in the newly improved Boston Harbor and contributed its success to the installation of the Deer Island wastewater treatment facility.

Phil Colarusso, a diving scientist for the EPA

The second speaker of the morning was Marc Albert, Boston Harbor Islands Stewardship Program coordinator. He gave educators an overview of all the major projects and research on the Boston Harbor Island.

Marc Albert, Boston Harbor Islands Stewardship Program coordinator

One thing that struck me during his presentation was the amount of challenges associated with civic engagement. As an educator, I encourage my students to be stewards and there are many individuals that want to help, but how? How do we improve park management and research in a way that includes everyday stewards like myself and my students? This is a question educators throughout the state and country are asking and simultaneously trying to answer.

In addition to the great speakers, there were great snacks and engaging workshops. I personally loved the workshop on citizen science. Loree Griffin Burns presented not only on her series of books, but on many fabulous projects that scientists of all ages could participate in. Loree discussed possible citizen science projects for collecting marine debris, tracking monarchs, frog watch, and more. This is the stuff that gets kids excited and I recommend her books.

Loree Griffin Burns

To top off the beautiful 83 degree Saturday, participants cruised to Thompson Island and toured through Boston Harbor. This was just another spectacular event hosted by MME!

- Erin Hobbs, president, Massachusetts Marine Educators

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Guest Blog by Géraldine Fauville: A sneak peek at the second European Marine Science Educators Association conference

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

EMSEA14 conference venue The second European Marine Science Educators Association conference, hosted by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden (pictured), is only few days away and everything is starting to fall into place to welcome the 130 participants from 22 countries.

EMSEA14 delegates come from a broad professional horizon; project managers, researchers in marine sciences or in education sciences, leaders of funding agencies, and educators of all kinds. We are delighted to count about 35 teachers participating in this event and even some students who will have the opportunity to present the work they have been conducting in school!

This community is gathering to speed up the transition to a more ocean literate society where European citizens understand the influence the ocean has on them and their own influence on the ocean and are able to take responsible decision accordingly. But the task is not easy. Marine education stakeholders have to deal with a vast number of languages and many social, cultural, and political differences. Moreover, European formal education includes various schools system and a plethora of school curricula where marine science related topics are excluded.

In that respect, European marine education needs an effective transformation and stronger international connection in order for marine educators to feel more supported, engaged, and equipped for the task to make European citizens more ocean literate.EMSEA14 logo

EMSEA, founded on this vision three years ago by Evy Copejans, Fiona Crouch, and Géraldine Fauville, takes its inspiration from the tremendous work accomplished by NMEA in the United States and aims at writing a similar marine education success story in Europe.

If you have already attended a NMEA conference, EMSEA14, a three-day conference, would feel like home to you. We have organized three presentation sessions dealing with marine education: in outreach, in school curriculums, and in aquariums and museums. Three workshops in smaller groups will also take place to facilitate the exchange of ideas, discussions, and foster collaboration between participants. Approximately 30 posters will be displayed and in addition those submitting posters will have the opportunity to give a one-minute presentation to introduce delegates to their work.

All good conferences include social events as well, and delegates will be invited to enjoy some wine and local seafood at the Maritime Museum and Aquarium. During the evening delegates will be able to wander around the museum and go behind-the-scenes of the aquarium and visit the research labs. The conference dinner will take place in one of the best fish restaurants in Gothenburg, which combines top-class cooking with in-depth knowledge of marine products.

Field trip location Sven Loven Centre for Marine SciencesFinally, the last day will be dedicated to the field trips. Participants can choose from three options: a visit to the University of Gothenburg’s marine station located at the mouth of the Gullmar Fjord, the only true Swedish fjord (pictured); a behind-the-scene visit of the largest Scandinavian science discovery center, the Universeum; or a visit to the sailing high schools where students spend a total of six months on the school ship T/S Gunilla.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to warmly welcome all the NMEA members to EMSEA14. For those of you who cannot get across the big pond, don’t despair, you can follow @EMSEA_news and participate in the conference using the hashtag #EMSEA14 on Twitter or join our Facebook group here >

Looking forward to seeing you in Gothenburg!

Géraldine Fauville, Chair of EMSEA14

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Members: Join us for a NMEA Strategic Planning Webinar

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, September 6, 2014
NMEA Strategic Planning Session

Calling all NMEA members! Please join members of the NMEA Strategic Planning team and provide your input to the future of our organization! 

We've held one of two strategic planning meetings, interviewed members at the NMEA annual conference, and hosted a Wiki for member input. This is the last opportunity for member input before a small group of people gather to build the final strategic planning product that will carry the organization through the next several years. 

The NMEA Strategic Planning - Membership Input Webinar will be held on September 15 at 7 p.m. EDT.

Registration is available online here >

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We look forward to your participation!


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EMSEA 2014 scholarship available

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, August 23, 2014

EMSEA 2014 logoInterested in attending the 2014 EMSEA conference in Sweden this October? Great news - a scholarship is available for NMEA members!

Hurry - the deadline to apply is September 2! 

Download the application here >

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It's strategic planning time!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, August 15, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
2014 Strategic Planning

Have you let us know what you think yet? NMEA's Strategic Planning Wiki will be open until August 29!

We are deep into our strategic planning process that will be our focus for the next three years. We had a lively Visioning Retreat session immediately following our annual conference in July and have been busy talking with members, non-members, advisors, funders, corporate partners and more. 

You are an important part of NMEA and we'd love to know your thoughts. Our strategic planning Wiki will remain open until August 29. Now is your chance to contribute your valuable perspective into the future of NMEA.

Please contact us if you have trouble adding your thoughts to the Wiki.

After the Wiki closes on August 29, we will be working towards completing the plan in October. Stay tuned!

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Meet our 2014 Honorary Member, Dr. Rosanne Fortner

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Honorary membership is the highest honor bestowed upon an NMEA member, recognizing exceptional lifelong service to marine science education. Dr. Rosanne Fortner, an internationally known educator and long-time leader in Sea Grant and NMEA, was awarded permanent status of NMEA Honorary Member at our national conference in July. A pillar of the NMEA community, Rosanne has been a member since 1977, attending 32 NMEA conferences and serving as NMEA President in 1988.

Hear from Roseanne below!

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2014 Outstanding Teacher Award goes to Sherry Rollins

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sherry Rollins - 2014 Teacher of the YearFor the past 19 years, Sherry Rollins has been a middle school science teacher in Gloucester County, Va.  She has a long and productive track record of providing students with opportunities for hands‐on, feet‐wet science.  Sherry has maximized her impact and output by collaborating with teaching colleagues within her school, and by partnering with regional institutions and programs.

A teacher for 26 years, Rollins has accumulated a long list of contributions made to teaching colleagues, schools, and the greater educational community.  A sampling of her activities include: ten years coaching Great Computer Challenge teams; eight years coaching all girl robotics teams; and three years as a science fair mentor at the county level.

Sherry has also been active in her local chapter, the Mid‐Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA), sharing her experiences with fellow educators at annual MAMEA Conferences. She and her teaching partner Judy Gwartney‐Green have delivered sessions on Incorporating the Local Environment into Your Classroom and on the implementation of Experiential Field Studies Trips. She is gracious and generous in helping any teacher who seeks advice about incorporating more field experiences in their science classes.

Rollins received her undergraduate degree in biology from the College of William and Mary in 1992.  A lifelong learner, she continued her education, taking graduate science courses at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Christopher Newport University and Virginia Commonwealth University.  In 2006, Sherry earned a Masters in Integrating Technology in the Curriculum from Walden University.  Keeping current, she continues to seek out professional development opportunities that offer content, skills and teaching resources she can apply in her classroom.

Watch her receive her award at our national conference: 

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NMEA 2014 Comes to a Close, Looking Ahead to 2015

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We'd like to send out a huge "Thank you!" to the over 300 teachers, scientists, informal educators, and science communicators who joined us for a full week of speakers, sessions, and field trips in Annapolis, Md., and the surrounding region. NMEA 2014 was a resounding success thanks to all the hard work and planning of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA) and the Conference Committee. Check out all that went on with our conference Storify, which contains a great collection of photos and posts from conference attendees! 

We are now looking forward to NMEA 2015, which will be held in Newport, RI, and were treated to a fun comparison of conference locales and beautiful preview video from next year's hosts, our Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME) chapter. Check out the video below, keep an eye on the conference page for updated information, and mark your calendars for June 29 - July 2, 2015. We're looking forward to seeing you in Rhode Island then!

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