Fall 2016 Newsletter - National Marine Educators Association

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Dear NMEA members,
As we start the fall here, with the temperatures dropping and the insanity of the school year in full swing, I am reminiscing about our wonderful week in Orlando. The conference organizers, Howard Rutherford, Laura Diederick, and Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, along with all their hard-working FMSEA committee, pulled off an incredible week of learning and fun at NMEA 2016! The NMEA conference is always one of my favorite weeks of the year, and the location and extras that FMSEA brought to us made this year special. I am looking forward to seeing what FMSEA traditions we learned will continue and what new SCMEA traditions we will experience in Charleston next June!

One of the things I am most looking forward to during my year as NMEA president is helping any member or potential member make the most of NMEA for their professional growth and development. We have just recruited three new committee chairs and there are several new committee members, but there still many other opportunities to get involved - see below for more information!

Finally, I want to send my gratitude and appreciation to past-president, Bob Rocha. He is continuing to support and help me weekly, so his job isn't over, but I want to thank him for his year of dedication and hard work as president. You never realize how much responsibility a position like this has until you are in it, so now my gratitude is even more than it was just a few months ago.  

Thank you to all of you for your support, encouragement, and trust in me to guide NMEA this year. I am looking forward to seeing what we do together!

Yours in making known the world of water, both fresh and salt,

Tami Lunsford
NMEA President 2016-2017

NMEA 2016


NMEA16 attendeesOur annual conference was hosted by our Florida chapter, FMSEA, this summer and drew hundreds of educators from around the world to Orlando, Fla. See all that happened throughout the week in our Storify, which compiled photos, tweets, and updates from conference attendees.

We also recorded a few of our sessions and speakers at the conference and even broadcast a few live via Facebook! View several of those sessions and a rotating panel of shark experts on our blog and learn more about the history of our organization with this presentation by past-president Mike Spranger.  

Thanks again to FMSEA, everyone on the hard-working conference committee, and all the volunteers for putting together and supporting such an incredible week!

NMEA 2017Mark your calendar for our 2017 conference, which will be hosted by our South Carolina Marine Educators Association chapter from June 25 to 29 in Charleston, SC!

See a great preview video on the NMEA 2017 webpage and check back as we get closer for more information on submitting sessions, registration, field trips, and tips for planning your trip to the Palmetto State!

EMSEA 2016



EMSEA 2016Our friends with the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) kicked off their fourth annual conference today at the Titanic Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Follow along from afar with the #EMSEA16 hashtag on social media and on our Storify, where we are gathering tweets and photos from the conference daily. Several of our members are taking part and we're thrilled they were able to make the trip!

This sharing of ideas between organizations has served to strengthen ocean literacy internationally. Member Martha Papathanassiou recently reflected on how her experience at NMEA 2015 in Rhode Island helped her prepare for EMSEA's 2015 conference in Crete.

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Vaquita Conservation 4aPorpoisePresident-elect David Bader, who serves as Director of Education at the Aquarium of the Pacific, is working to raise awareness of the plight of the Mexican vaquita porpoise. See what he's doing and learn how you can help #4aPorpoise in his guest blog post.

Did you hear? Ocean Leaders sent a letter to Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump to ask: What will you do as President for the Blue in our Red, White and Blue? 

International ocean literacy surveyHave students in the 16-18 year-old age range? You can help with this ocean literacy survey, which has expanded to 16 languages and has already received thousands of responses! 

Finally, a couple of quick reminders: 

  • We're looking for a few great members to help fill roles in the organization! We have just recruited three new committee chairs, several new committee members, and are still looking for someone particularly interested in outreach and marketing to fill that committee chair position. NMEA is your organization. We are only as strong as our members help us to be, and we can help you grow and learn and make connections if you let us. Please let us know if you are interested in this or any other leadership role!
  • 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.  
  • We'd love to share your news and events too! Does your chapter have a great regional workshop coming up, or was a member just recognized for something really cool? Or do you have a striking photograph that would look good on our homepage? Drop us an email, or let us know on Facebook or Twitter, so we can help spread the news! 
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