Other NYSMEA News...
NYSMEA members at the 2016 NMEA conference in Orlando, Florida (left to right: Blanca Ching, Sarah Richards, Meg Marrero, and Tom Greene).
NYSMEA's Annual Conference, “Island Voices: Promoting Best Practices for Coastal Conservation and Resilience,” is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. Please save the date and spread the word, as we would like to increase membership and participation. We hope that many students, educators, scientists and guests can attend. We are excited and grateful to be hosted by Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). Here are a few updates regarding the conference:
In other news, NYSMEA members Sarah Richards, Meg Marrero, Blanca Ching, and Tom Greene attended the 2016 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference in Orlando, FL on June 27-July 1,2016. Highlights of the week included keynote speakers Dr. Rick Spinrad ("How Ocean Knowledge Changes the World"), Dr. Kate Mansfield ("Sea Turtles as Science Ambassadors"), a rolling panel discussion by six shark experts, a Youth Day and evening event for all at SeaWorld, a lively auction, and a moving awards ceremony. Many thanks to NMEA Chapter Representative Dale Stanley for organizing NYSMEA's chapter basket for the lunchtime auction.
- Highlights will include keynote speakers Chris Paparo, Manager of SoMAS's Marine Sciences Center, and Dr. Chris Gobler, Director of Academic Programs for SoMAS.
- Conference participants will be able to select from a variety of workshops to attend during three morning sessions. Following lunch and an awards ceremony, there will be several wonderful field trips to choose from, including a 3-hour research cruise aboard the R/V Peconic and kayaking the local waters.
- Dorm rooms will be available for conference attendees wishing to stay over Friday and/or Saturday nights.
- Conference details will be posted on the NYSMEA website soon.
- Look for an email with registration information to arrive by early August. (Early bird registration will be in effect until September 1, 2016.)
- Interested in presenting a workshop? More information coming soon - be sure to check your email.
Next week, join Merryl Kafka and Lou Siegel on-board the American Princess for an educational NYSMEA Whale Watch Cruise on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 12-4pm. Topics of discussion will include whale biology, coastal ecology, water monitoring, and, if possible, a live touch tube. See below for registration information and additional details.
Save the dates!
- City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10am-3pm at Kaiser Park in Brooklyn, NY. Marine education aivities such as, seining, species identification, microscopy, sketching, and water chemistry will be conducted. NYSMEA, NYCDOE, NYCDEP, and many others are organizing the event. For more information, contact email@example.com. Additional City of Water Day events will be held at Governors Island, New York, NY and Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken, NJ.
- SUBMERGE NYC Marine Science Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11am-4pm at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in lower Manhattan, NY.
- The 2016 NYSMEA Annual Conference will be held at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
- International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Kaiser Park in Brooklyn, NY.