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NMEA Member Highlight: Jim Wharton

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jim Wharton is a Professional member of NMEA and director of conservation and education at the Seattle Aquarium

He is an active member on NMEA committees for Ocean Literacy, Scholarship, and Education Research. He is a member of the Executive Committee for NMEA and participating in the current strategic planning process. He is active in his local chapter, Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), and a Life member of Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA).

Jim Wharton

We asked him four key questions about his experience with NMEA:

1. Why did you join NMEA?

I joined NMEA in 2004 while playing a small role in the 2004 conference planning effort. I recognized the potential networking benefit, but at the time, my primary motivation was identity-related. I was a marine educator and this was my professional organization. I wanted to be part of a larger movement to create an ocean-literate society and NMEA was the primary actor in this endeavor.  

2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?

My membership in NMEA and FMSEA (or more accurately, my activity in these organizations) has laid the foundation for much of my professional opportunity and accomplishment since. The professional network I’ve built through conferences and committee work has been integral to earning positions at Mote Marine Laboratory and the Seattle Aquarium, and was crucial to collaborating on major federally-funded marine science projects.

Being part of NMEA puts you in the middle of the most important conversations in our field surrounding ocean literacy, conservation, science education, and broadening participation. It gives you the chance to interact with accomplished professionals doing important work and have your voice heard. It also affords you the opportunity to give back through mentorship and service.    

3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?

NMEA has been the primary driver, with the help of many important partners, in the ocean literacy movement. Without their strategic and dedicated efforts over the last decade, ocean science may have evaporated from standards and classrooms altogether. NMEA is the most effective advocate we have for the role of the ocean in science and environmental education.  

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

Ocean, education, advocate.

Join Jim during our Google Hangout On Air on Wednesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. EST

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International Pacific Marine Educators Network 2014 Conference

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, May 20, 2014

IPMENInterested in taking part in collaborative relationships to build ocean literacy in the Pacific region? Then consider participating in the International Pacific Marine Educators Network 2014 conference! This event will take place July 10-16 in Tokyo and Iwate, Japan, where the tidal wave devastation occurred in 2011.

If flying to Japan doesn’t fit your schedule or budget, consider participating online – you can do so from the comfort of your home and minimize your carbon footprint as well!

The deadline to submit abstracts for proposed presentations, which may be delivered online as well as in person, is May 31. Papers have already been accepted from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, and the U.S.!

IPMEN Japan 2014 poster May 31 is also the deadline to register to attend the conference in person. Please visit the IPMEN website for conference details.

Registration for online participation is now available, and participation by groups is encouraged. For example, during the 2010 IPMEN conference held in Australia, members of the OCEANIA Marine Educators Association participated online as a group from Hawaii. For the 2014 IPMEN conference, Hawaii marine educators are planning to participate remotely again as a group.

Keep updated on the conference on Twitter via @IPMENJapan and #IPMEN14.

NMEA and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council have provided financial support for the online component of the IPMEN Japan conference.

Stay tuned here for more info on this exciting conference!

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Why be a member of NMEA?

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, May 19, 2014
Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014

We're halfway through our Membership Drive! Have you become a member?

A few of our members explain how NMEA membership has impacted them:



And don't forget: 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? Please keep on helping us spread the word by using the hashtag #CatchtheCurrent on social media! 

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Our first Google Hangout On Air - focused on students & emerging professionals

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, May 16, 2014
Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014

We held our first Google Hangout On Air this week, titled: Hey students & emerging professionals - curious why you should join us?

We spoke with Sean Russell, founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Team and The "Stow It-Don't Throw It" Project, on the advantages of being a student or emerging professional member of NMEA.

Sean also provided a sneak peek, along with Maria Madero, Education Specialist-Youth Programs at the National Aquarium and several student volunteers, into the first Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to be created and hosted by youth at the National Aquarium in Baltimore this July.

Missed it? No problem - you can see it in it's entirety below, and join today

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NMEA Member Highlight: Sean Russell

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, May 12, 2014

Sean Russell is an Emerging Professional member of NMEA and founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Team and Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project.

He is currently a member of the NMEA Conservation Committee and his local chapter, the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA), and is participating in NMEA strategic planning that is currently underway. 

Sean RussellWe asked him four key questions about his experience with NMEA:

1. Why did you join NMEA?

I joined NMEA to have an avenue to expand the reach of my work engaging students in ocean conservation and marine debris prevention initiatives on a national level.

2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?

Through NMEA, I’ve had the opportunity to network with and be mentored by experts in the fields of marine science education and conservation. Their input and knowledge base has benefited my conservation work with young people, led to new partnerships to support this work, and has helped shape my career path.

Additionally, the national and international platform NMEA provides through its annual conference and online communication systems, has been a valuable asset to me as I work to spread a series of student-driven Youth Ocean Conservation Summits across the country and expand on my marine debris prevention work through the Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project.

Sean Russell

3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?

I’m most proud of NMEA’s work to ensure ocean education is a key component of science education programs across the U.S. and on an international scale. By supporting the development of ocean literacy principles, NMEA is helping disseminate knowledge of the ocean and its importance to students of all ages.  

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

Engaging, connected, knowledgeable.

Join Sean during our Google Hangout On Air on Thursday, May 15 at 4 p.m. EST

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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

 

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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)

Email: nmea@marine-ed.org

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


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