NMEA News Online

NMEA News, the National Marine Educators Association’s newsletter, keeps members up-to-date with news from regional chapters and committees, information about professional development opportunities, and communications from NMEA leadership.  NMEA News is being published exclusively online.

NMEA News, Volume 25, Issue 3, Fall 2009, is available online.  Should you have questions, email nmea@usm.edu

Education Notes in Ocean Policy Task Force Draft Report

The draft report of the Ocean Policy Task Force was released for public comment on September 17.  The draft report is available online, as is a place to submit your comments.
Thanks to the comments from the community earlier in this process, education shows up in a few places in this draft document, i.e.:

* Principle 6 (pg 16) addresses education: “United States policies, programs, and activities should enhance formal and informal education about the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes and their uses to build a foundation for greater understanding and improved stewardship, and build capacity to produce future scientists, managers, and members of a dynamic and innovative workforce.”
* Page 32 on the plan says: “The Plan Should Address:  Challenges, gaps, opportunities, and effective strategies for training and recruiting the current and next generation of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists, technicians, operators, managers, and policy makers, with a particular focus on the needs of disadvantaged or under-served communities; and Identification of successful formal and informal education and public outreach approaches, including their application toward a focused nation-wide campaign to build public awareness, engagement, understanding, and informed decision-making, with specific emphasis on the state of ecosystems. “

Ocean Surface Topography from Space – Website

News items on the NASA Ocean Surface Topography from Space website:

NASA Tsunami Research Makes Waves
NASA’s climate website updates the Sea Level Viewer
Oceans of Climate Change Video

Visit Ocean Surface Topography from Space

Finding Funds for Field Trips – Teacher Workshop

Finding funds for a field trip to an aquarium or other informal learning institution may seem more challenging than ever, making now an ideal time to start considering grant funding. Join members of Mystic Aquarium’s development and education teams to discover how you can find funding to support your classes’ participation in informal learning programs. You will learn how to locate potential funding sources and will receive helpful hints to make your next proposal standout from the rest.

Teacher Workshop: Finding Funds for an Aquarium Visit, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, Connecticut, Thursday, November 5, 2009, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Cost: $20

Pre-registration is required for all programs at Mystic Aquarium. To inquire about a program, complete the online Program Registration Form. Upon receipt of the form, a reservations staff member will contact you to answer your questions and finalize your reservation. To speak directly to a member of the reservations team, call 860.572.5955 ext. 520.

Marine Life Center Lecture

On Friday, October 23 at 7 pm the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present a special program on the National Marine Life Center’s new marine animal hospital. This program is free and open to the public.

Marine Biology Course for Elementary Educators – Online

The Wildlife Conservation Society offers Online Teacher Training Courses for teachers, in conjunction with the Bronx Zoo. Offered in spring 2010 is a six-week course on Marine Biology for Elementary Educators.