The American Museum of Natural History, being one of the most famous scientific institutions worldwide, is an invigorating place to have our NYSMEA Board Meeting
. Our meeting that was held on March 5th was full of positive energy, new ideas, and the planning of events for the year. NYSMEA is partnering with many science organizations, government agencies, and scientific institutions in collaborative maritime and STEM events this year. After the meeting, NYSMEAns toured the traveling Cuba exhibit. The exhibit emphasizes Cuban history and culture, and includes a modern Cuban street lined with shops, stores, and exhibits about Cuban culture. The exhibit provided interesting facts such as: Cuba is an archipelago of over 4,000 islands and has many acres of wetlands, a very large rainforest, and healthy coral reef communities. NYSMEA members enjoyed the coral reef/nature exhibit which shows pristine waters and coral that are protected by Cuba.
On March 10th, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) hosted an Event for Educators
on the topic of Climate Change. Representatives from NYSMEA, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and AMNH were acting as table facilitators for this event, sharing knowledge and materials with the 250 teachers invited to attend.
Longtime NYSMEA member Bob Cummings represented our organization with a display and literature on ocean acidification issues. Dr. Barbel Honisch was the guest speaker and her topic was “Reconstructing past climate change from chemical signals stored in ocean sediments.” Her talk was followed by a Q&A, and afterwards, the guests were escorted to the Hall of Planet Earth for a reception. There was an opportunity to mingle with teachers and to make new connections. The event was very nice and well attended, even with the snow event that occurred earlier that day.
There are many exciting indoor and outdoor events NYSMEA is partnering in this year. We are hoping to see plenty of NYSMEA members at the upcoming events. Please check our website at nysmea.wildapricot.org
and the Strandline
for updated news.