Feb. 2014 Newsletter - National Marine Educators Association

In this issueDear NMEA Members,

We've kicked off 2014 with some exciting changes at NMEA, including our new website that allows us to connect to each other through our own private network. Check out our new video tour below for a quick overview on how to create your profile and link up with other members!

We have a lot going on, so we’ve included a few other highlights in this new online newsletter format to keep you informed, including the latest on our annual conference in Annapolis, the announcement of a new editor position for our peer-reviewed journal, Current, and an update on what our friends at the European Marine Science Educators Association are planning for their next conference in Sweden.

Susan Haynes

NMEA President, 2013-2014

Have you taken our refreshed website for a spin yet? It has a lot of great features, including the ability to join or renew your membership online and our What's New blog that highlights the latest NMEA news and opportunities! 

Already a member? Then you have access to our private community section, where you can create a profile, network with other members, collaborate on projects, and communicate quickly and easily with your chapter members and committees. Learn how to get started with this short video: 
Member video tour of website

Registration for our 2014 conference, which will be hosted by our Mid-Atlantic chapter, is now open! Join us in historic Annapolis, Md., July 21-25 for great sessions, fun field trips, and incredible networking opportunities!

Our 2014 conference will focus on STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), but will also highlight a variety of other marine and aquatic topics. There will be over 100 sessions in tracks focusing on classroom and informal education, scientific research, administration, NGSS, education research and program evaluation, and arts and culture. If you're on social media, follow the #NMEA14 hashtag for all the exciting updates!

Scholarships are available to NMEA members, first-time attendees who represent and/or educate those underrepresented in science, and experts in traditional knowledge and rights as it relates to marine systems. The deadline for all scholarships is March 15.

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. Check out the full position description and please share with qualified candidates.

Our friends at the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) will be holding their second annual conference at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden from October 1-3. This conference is another great opportunity for all marine education stakeholders to share their passion for marine science education, network, and experience marine education in practice, as well as take part in the discussion on ocean literacy in Europe.

Registration is now open for EMSEA14, and if you're interested in presenting, their call for papers is open through May 1.

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