June 2016 Newsletter - National Marine Educators Association

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Dear NMEA members,

School is finished, summer is here and it’s time for the annual NMEA conference. This year’s conference, hosted by the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) is going to be a great week of learning, sharing, networking and attending to the important business items that keep this great organization moving forward. The conference itself began in traditional FMSEA style, with a Science Café, done on a grand scale. It ends with a special event at the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium…and with field trips for those able to stay through Friday. In between, the amazing brain power and experiences of our presenters gets shared through workshops and plenary sessions.

This week also marks the end of the terms of two our Board members, the beginning of terms for new Board members and the transition within the President’s Chain. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to George Matsumoto and Jim Wharton for their long service to the Board. Thankfully, Jim will be staying on as Chair of the recently formed Governance Committee. Congratulations to Kate Achilles and Geraldine Fauville for re-election and welcome to Linda Chilton and Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin.

As this is my final entry to this newsletter as your President, I say thank you to all of you for the vote of confidence you gave me when you elected me as President-elect two years ago. It has been my honor to be the president of this great organization. Little did I know that when I attended my first NMEA conference in 1996, when I knew only one person in attendance, that I would be attending my 16th conference and finishing a year as President. Thank you to Howard Rutherford for his three years in the President’s Chain and many years of service to the Board. We will soon turn the presidential caulking hammer over to Tami Lunsford. She’s going to be a great President and a strong advocate for the classroom teachers in our membership.

As my ancestors from the Azores would say, ‘muito obrigado.’

Robert C Rocha Jr.
NMEA President 2015-2016


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NMEA16 SIgnOur annual conference, which is being hosted by our FMSEA chapter, is officially underway in Orlando, Fla., and there are a lot of wonderful events on the schedule! Want to keep up with all that's going on? Start with our Storify, which compiles photos, Tweets, and updates from attendees from around the conference, allowing you to check in on all the fun, here in Orlando, or from afar! 

At the conference? The website has a lot of great information if you have questions - just check the drop-down menu for all the topics. Have a smartphone? Download the free schedule app from Events XD, search for NMEA16, and have the complete schedule program and information at your fingertips!  

There are a lot of events happening at the conference this week - here are a few of the highlights: 

  • Tuesday – Students in high school and college who are passionate about marine science, education, and conservation are joining us for a day-long Youth Conference that will connect the students to experts in the fields of marine science education. There will also be a unique Traditional Knowledge opportunity for participants in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday – Will kick-off with a Plenary Session, "Saving Sharks...through research, education, and policy," a rolling panel discussion of a dynamic group of scientists and advocates, which we plan to share live on our Facebook page. The Chapter Basket Auction, Silent Auction, and Banquet Live Auction will also provide lots of fun opportunities to take home some unique items while supporting the NMEA Scholarship Fund!
  • Thursday – Is a full day, including the NMEA Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, the Stegner Lecture, "Songs and Stories of our National Parks," and a Sand and Shell Swap.
  • Friday – Participants will be taking part in field trips around the state!
Thanks again to FMSEA, everyone on the hard-working conference committee, and all the volunteers for putting together and supporting such an incredible week!

Call for NMEA 2016 proposals



Current coverWe’re excited to bring you another general issue of Current! In this summer issue, you’ll find a variety of engaging articles and activities, including a collaborative look at women in leadership who share their experiences in advancing science and protecting the ocean. 

The journal is a benefit of NMEA membership and current members who are logged into our website can access digital issues of Current. The editors of Current: The Journal of Marine Education are seeking articles for upcoming general issues. Get additional details on how you can submit your ideas here. The next submission deadline will be Sept. 12.


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School of Rock in Cape TownSeveral NMEA members recently traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, for a "School of Rock" professional development program aboard the drill ship JOIDES Resolution.

Our Massachusetts Marine Educators chapter also held their annual conference this spring! 

Finally, a few quick reminders: 

  • Are you looking to make a career change? Or seeking a fun volunteer or professional development opportunity? We're compiling employment and professional development opportunities on our website. Have an opportunity you'd like us to share? Send us an email and let us know - we just need a short description, a link to the full posting (either a webpage or PDF is fine), the location, and the closing date.  
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