September 2015 Newsletter - National Marine Educators Association

June 2015 headerDear NMEA members,
Before we reach the end of the official summer season and before the immediate memories of our annual conference get overtaken by a return to the classroom or related school year routines, I would like to recognize the efforts of this year’s conference organizers. SENEME members Andrea Gingras, Diana Payne, Lauren Rader and Maryann Scholl set us up with an engaging, educational week of informative panels, useful workshops and great social events in a venue that kept us all together. Thank you also to all of the presenters who took the time to prepare and lead workshops. One of these days I’ll actually get to attend lightning talks. Oh, and the live music was pretty good, too!

Perhaps the most exciting development of the conference was the creation of the Asian Marine Educators Association (AMEA). Dr. Tsuyoshi Sasaki from TUMSAT in Japan is a familiar face at our annual conference. This year however, three new attendees, one each from Taiwan, China, and Bangladesh, joined us. An initial conversation during the International Committee meeting led to more informal meetings and ultimately to the formation of a new marine education organization. The rapidity with which this happened speaks volumes for the need and desire to have such an organization in Asia. They have already set up their first board meeting, in Tokyo, in October.

Related to that international gathering are two conferences taking place in Europe in short order. First is the Transatlantic Ocean Literacy conference hosted by the Danish Technical Institute in Copenhagen on September 24 & 25. This will be followed by the third European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) annual conference. Like AMEA, EMSEA formed as the direct result of inspiration gained and relationships formed at NMEA conferences. NMEA will be well represented at both events.

I will sign off with a loud, sincere thank you to Howard Rutherford, now our Past President. As President, Howard led us through a busy year that had a couple of surprises that needed to be managed adroitly and without any fanfare. Many of you see the silly side of Howard, but rarely get to see the professional side of Howard. We needed that aspect of his personality this past year. I know he’s looking forward to hosting us at our next annual meeting and conference in Orlando in 2016.


Robert C Rocha Jr.
NMEA President 2015-2016

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NMEA 2015 in Newport, RI

Hundreds of educators came out to learn, connect, and enjoy specialized sessions and field trips at our annual conference this summer in scenic Newport, RI! The theme of this year’s conference was “Ocean State, Ocean Planet: Exploring Our World of Water.”

Relive the fun through our Storify, which compiled photos, links, quotes, and helpful tips from attendees throughout the week. You can also check out a video of storyteller Valerie Tutson, who engaged the audience as our NMEA 2015 Stegner Memorial Lecture speaker.

We also have clips available from the lightning talk session, NMEA 2015 Lightning Sessions in which fast, fun 5-minute talks were given on a wide range of topics by informal education thought leaders from across the country.

We hope everyone enjoyed the conference, and don't forget to mark your calendar for NMEA 2016, which will be hosted by our FMSEA chapter in Orlando, Fla., from June 25 through July 1, 2016. Get a preview of all that you'll be able to see and do on our website! 

Summer issue of Current available

Bob Rocha

As is the annual tradition, NMEA leadership changed hands this summer at the annual conference in Newport, RI, and Robert Rocha, Director of K-12 and Science Programs at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, took the helm for 2015-2016.

Get to know Bob better, and learn what his super hero power would be if he had one, with these five questions!

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EMSEA 2015 Storify

The third European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference kicks off next week! It's being hosted by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Heraklion, Crete, from September 28 through October 1.

Follow along as we compile tweets, photos, and links in this Storify, then be sure to check back on our blog afterward for a full recap. 

Diana PayneSummer flew by, and now that it's back-to-school time, remember that you can always keep up with all that's happening with NMEA in our What's New blog

A huge "congratulations" to NMEA past-president and Strategic Planning Chair Diana Payne, who has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Denmark at the Technical University of Denmark’s National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) during the fall of 2015.

Also, join NMEA board member Sean Russell for the 5th anniversary Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, which will be held on Saturday, November 14 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla.! Registration for this event is now available.

Finally, a few quick reminders: 

  • Current NMEA members who are logged into our website can access the summer digital issue of Current, which is a benefit of membership and features lively, in-depth articles and activities relating to all aspects of the world of water. The next submission deadline, for the Jan/Feb 2016 general issue, will be October 12. Get additional details on how you can submit a piece for publication here > 
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