July 2014 Newsletter - National Marine Educators Association

July 2014 headerDear NMEA Members,

As I start to pack for the conference in Annapolis, I am reflecting on what an exciting year it has been and what an incredible time of growth this is for our organization. Most recently we hosted our first ever Membership Drive from Earth Day through World Oceans Day and I’d like extend a very warm welcome to the over ONE HUNDRED new members who joined us during this drive! Additionally, in June we contracted with a new editor for Current, our peer-reviewed journal of marine education. A big NMEA welcome to Jane Rubinsky! You can get to know Jane through the Q & A linked below!

This month is a very active time in marine education both nationally and internationally. This week our friends and colleagues are hosting the International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) Conference in Japan and we are doing final preparations for our own annual gathering in Annapolis in less than two weeks! A special THANK YOU goes to the hard-working conference committee and members of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association, who are hosting this year’s national event. They’ve put together a packed schedule of speakers, trips, and events throughout the region that will serve as incredible learning opportunities as well as a great time to connect with other members from around the country. Check out some of the highlights and learn how you can stay connected to both conferences from afar in the stories below.

Lastly, I extend sincerest thanks to our three NMEA board members who are finishing up their three year terms: Pam Stryker (TMEA), Sarah Wilson (SWMEA), and Kristin Evans (SWMEA- and now TMEA). Your service to the Board of Directors has been most appreciated. Read on, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Annapolis soon! 


Susan Haynes

NMEA President, 2013-2014



Our annual conference will be kicking off before you know it! Haven't registered yet? Hurry! Online registration ends July 14, and registration on site is $50 more! The field trips filled quickly, but there are still a few spots left on a few of the experiences - check this page to see what's still open.

New this year: we have a conference app! Prepare your schedule ahead of time by downloading EventBoard to your phone. It's free, works on all platforms, and it allows you to access session descriptions, speaker bios, submit surveys, and much, much more! Download it here >

Conference Pinterest Curious about conference events, field trips, and what to do around Annapolis? Then our new Pinterest boards are for you! Take a peek and explore all that our 2014 conference has to offer and check out all that you can see and do in Annapolis. Staying in the region a bit longer? We have some regional highlights pinned for you as well!


And don't forget: if you're on social media, follow the #NMEA14 hashtag for all the exciting updates on Twitter and Instagram, keep an eye on our Facebook page for photos and updates, and check out our NMEA14 Storify - it will kick off next week with all of our favorite posts and pics from attendees! 

Are you interested in international marine education, particularly in the Pacific? The 2014 International Pacific Marine Educators Network biennial conference kicked off today in Tokyo!  Did you know you can register to view it from afar? Get a group together and tune in! Full details here > 

Also, if you're on social media, follow #IPMEN14 for posts from the conference! 

Current editor

We are pleased to announce our new editor of Current: Jane Rubinsky from New York! Get to know Jane in our Q&A and find out why seahorses are her favorite marine critters! Jane will be working with the Current Committee (formerly the Publications Committee) to determine the future direction of Current. Look for updates in the not too distant future and if you've submitted an article but have not seen it published yet, don't worry - we've got them on file! 

Membership drive

Thanks to everyone who made our first Membership Drive such a fun and successful event and "Welcome!" to the 117 new members who joined us! At the close of the drive we had broken the 1,000 member mark and are now 1,034 members strong (and growing). 

We had some fun events during the drive, including Google Hangouts On Air about World Oceans Day and our Student and Emerging Professional categories, and we put the spotlight on several members, including Jim Wharton, Terri Kirby-Hathaway, Sarah Richards, and Sean Russell.

For a follow-up to our last member video, NMEA in Three Words, here are a few reasons Why We're Members

Why we are members

Now that we have this revamped newsletter and our refreshed website up and running smoothly, and our social media accounts are humming along, we're excited to be able to share your news and events! 

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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