WEEKLY eNEWS: Educational Opportunities, Contest, Resources, and Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly (Deadline: January 28, 2012)
Applications are being accepted for 2012 summer/fall graduate field courses and a master’s program that offer international studies in 11 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Offered by Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and partners worldwide, the GFP Master’s degree brings together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation field sites across the planet. Sites for 2012 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia, and Thailand. Applications for 2012 courses are due January 28, 2012. Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the $1,290 course costs. Earth Expeditions and the GFP, which can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad, are open to educators and other professionals from all disciplines and settings. For information and to apply, please visit: Earth Expeditions – http://www.EarthExpeditions.org, Global Field Program – http://www.MastersGFP.org or contact Connie Malone at (513) 529-5103; EarthExpeditions@muohio.edu

NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program Now Accepting Applications for 2012 Field Season
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program gives teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and increases their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. Teachers have enriched their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world's body of scientific knowledge. NOAA's Teacher at Sea program accepts applications from currently employed, full-time educators in these categories: K-12 teachers and administrators; community college, college, and university teachers; museum and aquarium educators; and adult education teachers. Teachers will be selected to fill approximately 30 openings available. More information about NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program including eligibility requirements, expectations, and frequently asked questions, is available at http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov. Apply at: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/apply/index.html


CONTESTS
Louisiana Section of Air and Waste Management Association - Adopt-A-School Program (Deadline: November 18)
Louisiana Section Adopt-A-School program selects an elementary or middle school to award a cash donation for use at the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th  grade level in the area of science education. In addition to the cash donation, the Louisiana Section also endeavors to assist the school in its program for the year by providing Environmental Resource Guidebooks to aid teachers by providing lesson plans geared towards environmental education. Traditionally, the Louisiana Section awards up to three grants (one at $1,500 and two at $1,000); however, actual amounts and number of awards can vary based on budgetary constraints. Proposals should be received (either electronically, via fax or mail) no later than 5pm November 18, 2011. Please address them to Kevin Calhoun, Providence Engineering and Environmental Group L.L.C., 1201 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802; fax: 225-766-7440 or e-mail: kevincalhoun@providenceeng.com. Please see attached flyer for more information.


RESOURCES
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint with Alcoa’s Make an Impact Carbon Calculator
The Pew Center on Climate Change and Alcoa Foundation would like to share their “Make An Impact” carbon calculator to help people save energy, save money and save the planet.  The calculator takes about ten minutes to complete and gives you specific recommendations on actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and lower utility bills. The website also offers online tools and resources for individuals and families. The program was recently selected as a finalist for a Classy Award and was featured on NBC/Weather Channel. To learn more about the program contact Tricia Napor, Manager, Community Engagement, Alcoa Foundation at Tricia.Napor@alcoa.com.

Monarch Butterfly Migration
Help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as the butterflies travel to and from Mexico. Report your own observations of migrating butterflies to real-time migration maps. For more details, please visit http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/.


LAGNIAPPE
Medline Plus Interactive Tutorials
MedlinePlus presents interactive health tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions. Also learn about surgeries, prevention and wellness. Each tutorial includes animated graphics, audio and easy-to-read language. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorial.html

Act 145: New Law Allows Students with Asthma in Louisiana to Breathe Easier in Schools
The Louisiana Legislature passed Act 145 which allows certain students to self carry their asthma meds. Please read the attached publication for more information and share this information with others.


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec