Resources, Events, Workshops, and Awards

RESOURCES

Louisiana Old River Control Structure and Mississippi River Flood Protection
This link discusses flooding by and from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers: http://www.americaswetlandresources.com/background_facts/detailedstory/LouisianaRiverControl.html
EPA Releases Searchable Website for Drinking Water Violations: Agency to host webinar to show how to use the public health data
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool. ECHO now allows the public to search to see whether drinking water in their community met the standards required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water and protect people’s health.
Safe Drinking Water Act search page:  http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/compliance_report_sdwa.html
Enforcement and Compliance History Online tool: http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/

 

EVENTS

The Art of the Photo Essay By Leah Bray (Saturday, May 21, 1–5 pm)
Learn to tell a story with your photographs and captions.
GBNERR’s Coastal Resources Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point, MS 39562
For more information or to pre-register contact:  Jennifer Buchanan jen.buchanan@dmr.ms.gov or Elise Stephens estephens@handsongulfcoast.org or call 228-475-7047.
          Leah Bray is a restoration ecologist with Natural Capital Development in Ocean Springs. She has been a semi-professional nature photographer for over ten years writing photo essays for newspapers and magazines. With assistance from Ms. Bray, participants will learn to tell a story with their nature photographs and associated captions. After a brief classroom lesson on how to take nature photographs, participants will take photos in the field and then discuss how to use them to construct or support a story (or vice versa). Be sure to bring: cameras, notebooks, hats, bug spray, sunscreen, and shoes to walk in semi-wet conditions.

Save the Date: Friday, June 10 – Coastal Restoration Forum
A FREE Symposium: Our Wetlands, Our Future
Hosted by Our Lady of Holy Cross College and moderated by John Snell of Fox 8 News; Lunch Provided
For people who live and work in: Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, and Terrebonne Parishes.
          An open dialog on the next five years of wetland renewal in SE Louisiana. A forum to discuss concerns before plans are finalized. Technical, ecological, economic, and societal issues concerning coastal restoration. Presented by experts from universities, the Corps of Engineers, and the State of Louisiana. Followed by discussion and impacts to: Communities, Estuaries and Livelihoods.

 

WORKSHOPS

FREE workshop for Science Teachers! (June 9 & 10)
If you'd like to learn how to use your current Texas Instruments technology and Vernier probes in your classroom this is the workshop for you! TI is hosting 2 Science workshops in June to show you new technology as well as work with what you currently have. See dates and locations below and contact TI Representative Wendy Peel for more information and/or to RSVP your spot. Resources and door prizes will be given away as well as completion Certificates.  Lunch will be provided by TI at each workshop.
June 9, 2011, 9 am–1 pm
Rapides Parish Media Center, Alexandria, LA
June 10, 2011, 9 am–1 pm
Warren Easton Charter High School, New Orleans, LA
RSVP Wendy Peel at wpeel@ti.com

Core Element Summer Science PD at Franklin High School, New Orleans
Grades 3-6 Summer Institute:
          Science, Literacy & Numeracy 7/11-15/2011
          Modeling Method of Instruction- Physics 7/11-22/2011
          Modeling Method of Instruction- Physical Science 7/6-19/2011
          Modeling Method of Instruction- Chemistry 7/6-19/2011
          EOC Biology 7/11-15/2011
          Middle School Science Summer Institute- Experimental Design 7/11-15/2011
Please see attachments for more information on each workshop.

Announcing the Coastal Low Impact Development Design Workshop Series
          Bioretention - June 2, 2011
          Permeable Pavement - June 15, 2011
          Swales, Level Spreaders & Vegetated Filter Strips - June 23, 2011
          Constructed Stormwater Wetlands - July 7, 2011
          Weeks Bay Reserve Resource Center, US 98 between Fairhope and Foley, AL
          8 am–5 pm each workshop.
Weeks Bay Reserve, ADCNR, Lands Division is excited to announce a four part workshop series focusing on innovative stormwater best management practice (BMP) design. Attendees will learn about all aspects of design, construction, vegetation, and maintenance practices as well as the have the opportunity to design the BMP.
          Registration fee of $45.00 per workshop includes workshop materials and lunch. Registration is online only. Please go to http://www.aces.edu/waterquality/LID/CS.php and click on the REGISTER link. Follow the final registration instructions at the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, Auburn University registration page. You may register for one, more or all sessions. Class space is very limited. For more information contact Mike Shelton at michael.shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov or 251-928-9792. 

Wetland Warriors Adult Education Workshops (Registration Deadline: July 18, 2011)
          The workshops aim to provide various civic group leaders, leaders in the community, members of the media, journalists, teachers, informal educators, artists and government officials with current scientific research data about Louisiana's wetlands in an understandable and reusable format. Participants will have a better understanding of the formation of wetlands, ecology and importance of wetlands, the natural and anthropogenic causes of wetland loss, the complexity of wetland management and the pros and cons of the various restoration methods as well as protection methods. The workshops will end with a group discussion session to initiate partnerships within the audience to create additional educational and action opportunities for the general public. Participants will also receive a binder of reference materials including a CD of lectures presented during the workshop.
Workshop Dates
          August 18-19: Civic group and community leaders
          August 25-26: Members of the media, journalists and artists
          September 8-9: Government officials
          September 16-17:Teachers and informal educators
Tentative Workshop Schedule
The 2-day workshops to be held in Cocodrie, LA cover the costs of housing, reference materials and vessels. There is a $35 registration fee to cover the costs of meals and snacks. Pre-registration is required. Information packets concerning the workshop will be mailed out following the registration deadline. Applications should be postmarked by: July 18, 2011. Registration Form


AWARDS

Call for 2011 PARADE All-America High School Service Team Award Nominations (Deadline: 5:00 PM EST on May, 17)
PARADE Magazine and GenerationOn are now accepting nominations for the All-America High School Service Team Award. The All-America High School Service Team recognizes students in grades 9 through 12 who have made exemplary contributions in the service areas of: health, education, environment, economics or community. These students see service as a solution to solve community problems and use the power of stories to inspire others to action. The top 50 finalists, 10 per issue category, will receive certificates. The top 15 (3 per issue category), will receive a two-day paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive their award and special recognition. To learn more about how to nominate a PARADE All-America High School Service All-Star today visit www.parade.com/service.

 

RESOURCES

Ocean Oil: Online Clearinghouse for Education and Networking - Oil Interdisciplinary Learning - http://www.eoearth.org/oceanoil
The Online Clearinghouse for Education and Networking - Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL) is a peer-reviewed collection of scientific information and educational resources about the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its broader energy and environmental issues. OCEAN-OIL is a collaborative, community-driven effort by scientists, teachers, and concerned citizens. OCEAN-OIL is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education.
          Topics at this site include: Coastal Ecosystems, Gulf of Mexico, Oil in the Marine Environment, Oil Spill Response, Oil & Society, Data on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Oil Spill Glossary, Oil Spill Acronyms, Oil Spill Links, and Journal Articles on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Climate Change: Rising Seas and Major U.S. Coastal Areas by 2100
This map would be a great way to open a discussion in Earth or Environmental Science classes on the effects of global climate change and the need for governments to develop contingency plans for the future. To read the entire research article and access the map, go to http://uanews.org/node/37914.
          A related article on climate, http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/climate.html, and information on slowing climate change (warming) can be found at http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/mitigation_intro.html.

Earth Science Survey
The National Earth Science Teachers Association has prepared an anonymous survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NK7ZDGX) to gather information about teachers’ Earth and space science education needs and concerns and ideas about how to serve you better. Please take a moment to complete this survey at your earliest convenience.

NAEP Released Items- Looking for better test questions?
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/itmrlsx/search.aspx?subject=science
NSTA Freebies for Science Teachers
http://www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx
National Science Foundation News- Great for Students!
http://www.nsf.gov/news/
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