October 2014 Newsletter - National Marine Educators Association

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Dear NMEA members,

A huge thank you to the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association and conference co-chairs, Tami Lunsford and David Christopher, for hosting a fabulous conference in Annapolis! With a robust framework in place provided by the Pulse Team, our strategic planning consultants, our strategic planning continued to move forward during the conference with input from the membership, board of directors, and our strategic partners. An online wiki provided an opportunity for members to contribute their insight into our future direction, and an all-day strategic planning session immediately after the conference provided an opportunity to reflect on the input by our members and address the current and future identity of NMEA.

The Strategic Plan Working Group met again last month at our national office at Maryland Sea Grant in College Park, Md., to identify key focus areas as well as strategies with measurable results. An overview of the plan will be presented to the board before the next meeting. In the meantime, a strategic plan implementation team is under review by the President's Chain and a roll out plan is under review with the Communications Pod.

As you read this newsletter, a number of our members are wrapping up a visit to the Second European Marine Science Educators Association's (EMSEA) conference at the University of Gothenburg. A continual point of pride for NMEA is our role as a leader in the global ocean literacy movement. Thank you to all for your continued efforts to make known the world of water!

Best wishes,

E. Howard Rutherford
NMEA President 2014-2015

The 2014 annual conference, hosted by our Mid-Atlantic chapter, was held in Annapolis, Md., from July 21-25 and was attended by educators, scientists, and students from around the world. Attendees enjoyed a wide variety of sessions in several different educational tracks, listened to engaging speakers, and spread out throughout the region on field trips that offered unique hands-on learning experiences.

There was also a lot of action on social media, and the popularity of the #NMEA14 hashtag allowed us to maintain NMEA14 Storify full of fun posts and pics from attendees! We also compiled an album of conference photos on our Facebook page and chatted with some of our award winners, like 2014 Honorary Member Rosanne Fortner, who reflected on her career with NMEA

The conference came to a close with a fun preview of what's to come for the 2015 conference, which will be hosted by our Southeastern New England Marine Educators chapter in beautiful Newport, RI, from June 29 through July 2. Find out more on the conference page >  


Ocean literacy took the international stage once again at the 2014 European Marine Science Educators Association conference, which is currently wrapping up at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. 

Learn more about the conference from this guest blog by chair Géraldine Fauville, and c
atch up with all that's been happening during #EMSEA14 on our Storify > 

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One of the coolest features of our new website is the ability to create your own profile and connect with other members on our private, members-only section of the site - allowing you to make connections, send messages easily, and find out if other members are on the same social networks as you. 

Not sure how to get started? Watch this video for a quick primer on how to get your profile up and running, then log into the site and have some fun with it! 


In case you missed them, we've posted several wonderful guest blogs recently, including this recap of the Boston Harbor Educators Conference by Massachusetts Marine Educators president Erin Hobbs, and this insightful, photo-packed update from the 2014 IPMEN Conference by past-president Craig Strang. 

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? Drop us an email, or let us know on Facebook or Twitter, so we can help spread the news! 

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