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From the Editor - Latest issue of Current is now available online for members

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, June 18, 2015
June 2015 CurrentWe’re excited to bring you the June digital issue of Current! This issue offers a variety of engaging articles and activities, from teachers in the Chesapeake Bay who are bringing integrated and systemic educational experiences into classroom curriculum, to an overview of the International Pacific Marine Educators Conference held in Japan in 2014 and how this international network of marine educators are contributing to the sustainable utilization and conservation of global environments; as well as many other exciting topics that provide new ways to discover "the world of water.”

Please continue to send in your original manuscripts on research, lessons, resources, or strategies focused on marine education, including science, art, literature, and maritime history. The deadline for the next general issue is August 3. And don’t forget to stay connected, by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Access the latest issue of Current here - happy reading!

Interested in submitting an article to Current? Guidelines for submissions are available here >

Not a member yet? Join NMEA and receive access to Current, as well as all our other member benefits, here >

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From the Editor - Current preview

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Keep an eye out for the newest edition of Current: The Journal of Marine Education, which will be out in mid-June! Current is a wonderful member benefit - don't miss this summer issue, join today

If you are interested in submitting an article for publication, please see our Guide for Contributors > 

Current Contents: Vol. 29 No.2 Spring/Summer 2015

This issue includes one article and six activities, covering upper elementary, middle and high school, as well as undergraduate.

Do You See Me? How Fish Play Hide and Seek (Activity, Grade 6)

By Matthew C. Hunnewell, Mary Carla Curran, and Michele B. Sherman

Activity on the different types of camouflage fish use to avoid predation and ensure survival. Students use classroom materials to replicate background matching by coloring and camouflaging a fish outline. Students are guided to see how coloration can influence survival. Both Next Generation Science Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles are addressed in this activity.

Enhancing Climate Education for a Changing Chesapeake Bay (Activity, Grades 9-12)

By Sarah Nuss and Jaclyn Beck

The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR), located at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), coordinates Climate Education for a Changing Bay (CECB), a program on watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) that are integrated and systemic into the classroom curriculum. The objective of CECB is to improve climate literacy within local high schools by advancing the use of locally relevant environmental data and information in classroom curriculum, field experiences, and professional teacher training. Throughout the program, salt marshes are used as a model ecosystem to study the impacts of climate change.

Self-Awareness at International Pacific Marine Educators Conference 2014 Japan (Article)

By Tsuyoshi Sasaki

Article on the The International Pacific Marine Educators Network Conference held in summer 2014 in Tokyo and Iwate Prefecture. Overview of the conference and focus on the possibilities for reconstruction after the tsunami and discussions on the contributions of marine education. Following the conference, the attendees went to Iwate prefecture to meet with local people living in the mountains, rivers, and coastal areas of the devastated region. Goal of the conference was to further strengthen the international network of marine education and to contribute to the sustainable utilization and conservation of global environments.

Let Me Grow! (Activity, Grades 7-8)

By Raisa Hernández-Pacheco, Bárbara Casañas-Montes, Aileen Morales-Figueroa, María E. López, Ana-Rita Mayol, and Liz M. Díaz-Vázquez

Activity looks at how ocean acidification affects coral reef growth. Students define/utilize pH acidity scale, explain carbon dioxide and its impact on atmosphere and the ocean. Connects pH, carbon cycle, and coral reef growth, as well as conservation issues related to ocean acidification and affects on coral reef ecosystem.

Mapping the Migration of American Eels (Activity, Grades 5-8)

By Chris Bowser and Rebecca Houser

Activity on the American eels along the East Coast and their reliance on the aquatic habitat from ocean to estuary to freshwater streams and ponds. By mapping the journey of young eels, students learn about migration, habitats, and oceans using math and graphic arts skills.

Managing a Mess of Cumulative Effects: Linking Science and Policy to Create Solutions (Article with activity; undergraduate/graduate)

By Megan E. Mach, Sarah M. Reiter, Laura H. Good

Hands-on scenario developed to introduce students to the concept of cumulative effects, why cumulative effects are a linchpin to managing for coastal impacts, and the challenges associated with managing for cumulative effects when faced with limited time and resources. By engaging in decisions while confronted by these cumulative effects challenges, students learn to apply the scientific and policy principles necessary to make their own management decisions. Coastal ecosystem management involves consideration of some of the most biologically diverse marine habitats. These ecosystems also represent a major interface of human activities and marine ecosystems, and are subject to impacts from both land and sea activities.

Wave Energy Engineer: Building a Model Wave Energy Generator (Activity, Grades 4-12)

By William Hanschumaker, Ruby Moon, and Alan Perrill

Activity asking students to describe a variety of wave energy devices, and identify which devices are best suited for which ocean space (nearshore or offshore technology).The devices also identify how changes in design can impact efficiency.

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Call for content - Current Journal

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Current Journal We want you to share your ideas, lessons or research in marine education!

The editors of Current: The Journal of Marine Education are seeking articles for upcoming general issues. We seek original manuscripts that describe research, lessons, resources, or strategies for teaching marine and aquatic lessons to a variety of audiences.

Deadlines for 2015 article submissions are March 23, July 20, and September 14.

Please submit manuscripts to Lisa Tooker at for consideration. Information on author guidelines can be found here > 

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From the Editor - Current is now available online for members

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, January 17, 2015

December 2014 Current After a long hiatus, we’re thrilled to be relaunching Current in a new digital format! The latest issue of our peer-reviewed journal is now online for NMEA members only.

Four recipients of NMEA’s Expanding Audiences scholarships are among the authors featured in this general issue and we couldn’t be more proud of them! The eight articles in this issue highlight teachers who are working with elementary school children, middle school students, and high schoolers in places that range from California, Florida, and Bermuda to New York, Maine and Indiana.

A common thread runs through these stories: the ocean belongs to each of us, and we are all entrusted with its care. This notion is so basic that it actually forms the 6th Essential Principle of Ocean Literacy: The ocean and humans are inextricably connected.

As educators and scientists, we must advocate for the health of our ocean and its resources in a way that ordinary people can understand, enabling them to recognize how their own actions have an impact upon the ocean, no matter where they live. The young people being educated and inspired by this issue’s contributors seem to understand this instinctively, embracing both the science and the advocacy with a passion that gives us hope for our ocean planet’s future.

Access the latest issue of Current here - happy reading!

Interested in submitting an article to Current? Guidelines for submissions are available here >

Not a member yet? Join NMEA and receive access to Current, as well as all our other member benefits, here >

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Current: The Journal of Marine Education

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, November 6, 2014

Current Journal Our peer-reviewed journal has appeared in a variety of formats since its beginning in 1976 and is now moving into the digital realm! Current: The Journal of Marine Education is a benefit of your membership and features lively, in-depth articles and activities relating to all aspects of the world of water.

Learn more about Current on its new landing page and get details on how you can submit a piece for publication on our Guide for Contributors. And stay tuned for the next issue of Current - it's in production now, and should be out to members by the close of the year!  

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Q&A with Jane Rubinsky - the new editor of Current

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, June 30, 2014

1) What intrigued you about serving as editor of Current?

Well, before I knew I would be a writer, I was interested in the life sciences. In high school, my imagination was captured by the documentary series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, which began running on television in the late 60s, and I briefly considered studying oceanography. I grew up around boats and the water, because my father was in the Coast Guard for many years and then retired to run his own marine electronics business.Jane Rubinsky

A lot of my writing and editing work has centered around the performing arts. But when I was looking for a new job after many years at Juilliard, I was open to a variety of paths and was trying to identify those that most interested me. I share an afternoon’s ride on the Water Taxi with friends almost every summer, and they always settle in the air-conditioned, windowed cabin while I head immediately for the ladder to the upper deck. That year, I felt a lightness and joy expanding inside me as the wind blew through my hair and my nostrils filled with the briny air (yes, the Hudson River is a tidal estuary) and I suddenly thought, “I love this! I could be involved with anything to do with the ocean!”

That experience, combined with already having worked in an educational environment, led me first to the New York State Marine Education Association, and from there to the NMEA.

2) What excites you most about taking the helm of this journal?

I’ve been writing and editing for three decades, but this is a new area for me professionally. I’m looking forward to learning a lot and working with interesting people!

3) How do you see Current evolving in the future - particularly in the digital realm?

I think Current deserves a much wider audience. So many of my friends seem to know someone involved with marine science in some capacity; their eyes light up when I’ve mentioned this. I’ve yet to explore the ways in which the NMEA is growing and changing and how Current can help reflect that, but digital publishing will certainly play a part.

4) Will you be able to attend our national conference in Annapolis this summer?

I wish I could … but other obligations make that an impossibility this year. But next year, who knows?

5) What is your favorite marine critter?

It would have to be the seahorse, which has intrigued me ever since I examined a dried one as a child. (The practice of preserving them as souvenirs has contributed to their endangerment, but I didn’t know that when I was eight or nine.) They seem like magical, made-up creatures: a fish that wears its skeleton on the outside, swims upright with that rapidly vibrating dorsal fin, moves its eyes independently of each other, changes color, has a prehensile tail, dances during courtship, greets its mate every morning during gestation – and on top of all that, the males give birth! If they didn’t exist, Hans Christian Andersen or J.M. Barrie would have had to invent them. Despite their otherworldly qualities, their lives seem pretty hard; they are poor swimmers and must eat constantly to keep going. I’ve never seen live ones in action, but would love to someday.

Jane Rubinsky6) What’s a fun fact that most folks don’t know about you?

Most people who’ve met me within the past 15 years have no idea that I used to be a dancer, and that dance was actually my major at Mount Holyoke College. But the secret is out now, because I just performed in the ensemble for a contemporary dance adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with the Hudson Guild Theatre Company in Manhattan in June – returning to the stage some 34 years after my last public appearance!

You can connect with Jane on LinkedIn and on  Twitter at the handle @HeightsCat.


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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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