WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Awards, Grants, Webinars/Workshops, Resources, Job Announcements

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

LEEC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

10TH Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest – DEADLINE: NEXT THURSDAY!
The La Environmental Education Commission, La Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, and contest sponsor, Alcoa Foundation, invite students to participate in the 10th Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest. Louisiana students, ages 5-18, may enter their original work in the art category and/or the language arts category. Contest theme: "Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!" This theme can be used to introduce water sustainability initiatives in classrooms, educating students on how they can incorporate the protection, conservation, and enjoyment of water in their daily lives. Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar and are distributed statewide. Winning artwork is placed on billboards throughout the state and the poems and essays are published in large circulation newspapers. Cash prizes are also awarded! In addition, winning students are honored with a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. All submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, April 26th. For more information, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124. Contest criteria/registration form is attached.


EVENTS

EE Week (April 15-21)
The 2012 National Environmental Education Week's theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning. The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM, providing teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas. Visit the EE Week website for free planning toolkits with information and activities that incorporate STEM learning into popular environmental topic areas, such as school gardens, energy conservation, and weather. http://www.eeweek.org

Envirothon volunteers needed! (April 21)
Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition that will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012 in Baton Rouge at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center. Volunteers are needed! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please view the attached flyer and contact Tomeka Prioleau for information at tomeka.prioleau@la.gov or 225-219-0877. For more information about Envirothon please visit the website at www.deq.louisiana.gov/envirothon.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Discovery Day (April 21)
Saturday, April 21, 2012, Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be hosting their annual “Discovery Day” on Dauphin Island at the Estuarium. The event will begin at 10am and last until 2pm and is a great event for families (for more information click here - http://press.disl.org/3_14_12dday.htm). The Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group will be there, providing information on our tarpon research & conservation program for the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coasts in support of the research and conservation efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (www.tarbone.org). The SWCG will have in their possession and will be handing out to tarpon fishermen the DNA sampling kits to be used in the Tarpon Genetics Recapture study performed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Fish and Wildlife Research Institute) and Mote Marine Laboratory. For more information on the DNA sampling process and its importance, click this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00C9Mji2n8g. Please stop by this weekend for the fun, family event and make sure to come and see us to learn more about the tarpon research & conservation efforts along the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coasts. And for those true tarpon fishermen that wish to participate in the genetics recapture study, don’t forget to pick up your DNA sampling kit.

National Park Week (April 21-29)
Go explore and create your own outdoor adventure at one of America's 394 national parks during National Park Week. “Picture Yourself In a Park!” this April 21-29 and enjoy FREE entrance to all national parks. Talk to your class about the history and breadth of our national parks and the diversity found within them using our collection of resources. Students can study marine sanctuaries and the problems they face, get an introduction to conservation biology, and learn about the delicate equilibrium in the Everglades.

Louisiana Association of Science Leaders (LASL) Meeting (April 21)
The spring meeting of the LASL will be held April 21st at George Welch School in Ouachita beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will focus on the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Presentations will be made on the three dimensions of the Frameworks. If you have not yet received a copy of "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" you may download a PDF version free from the National Academies Press (http://www.nap.edu/). The meeting will prepare participants for the spring release of the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards and the public comment period.  Science supervisors and specialists, curriculum directors, and master teachers are invited to attend. Contact LASL President Cynthia Osborne: Osborne@opsb.net or (318) 237-6692

EnvironMentors Event...And You're Invited!
EnvironMentors Poster Session: The 2nd annual EnvironMentors Poster Presentation and Awards Ceremony will be Monday, April 30th from 4-6pm. This event includes a reception to honor this year's EnvironMentor students and their mentors in the the LSU Energy, Coast, and Environment Building Rotunda on Nicholson Extension.
EnvironMentors FUNdraiser: Come out and enjoy a sweet treat while supporting EnvironMentors! On April 29 from 4-10pm, Yogurtland on Burbank Drive will donate a portion of its proceeds to support LSU's EnvironMentors program. All are encouraged to stop in, order plenty, and show support for this great cause.
For more information, please email lsu.environmentors@gmail.com or visit www.sce.lsu.edu/environmentors/

APS High School Science Teachers' Day Invitation (May 24)
The American Physical Society (Division of Physics of Beams) invites to you to attend a High School Science Teachers’ Day on Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 8:30 am-4:00 pm, to be held as part of the International Particle Accelerator 2012 Conference (IPAC12) in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd. This Teachers’ Day, which will be free of charge, will provide a full day of professional development geared to science teachers.
          • Demonstrations presenting innovative activities for science students
          •  Tutorials based on cutting-edge science in the accelerator field
          •  A welcoming breakfast, where you can network with fellow teachers
          • A luncheon, where you can network with each other and conference participants
The program and meals will be covered and some assistance with travel costs can be given. We are unable to cover substitute expenses. Please go to this link for further information and to register.  http://ipac12.org/teachersday.htm. Space will be limited, so please register soon and no later than April 30, 2012.

23rd Annual Back to the Beach Festival (June 2-3)
The 23rd Annual Back to the Beach Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at Laketown (end of Williams Boulevard in Kenner). Great Music Line-up! Great Festival Food from local caterers! Variety of Arts & Crafts Booths!  Fun for the entire family!!
Back to the Beach Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 2nd with a Sunset Run along Lake Pontchartrain.
Back to the Beach Fishing Rodeo will be held on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. Fishing in the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 2nd @ BTB Festival.
Back to the Beach "Bikes at the Beach" will be held on Saturday, June 2.
Back to the Beach Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 3.
For information please visit our website @ www.saveourlake.org or call us at (504)836-2205.

Save the Date: Keep Louisiana Beautiful 2012 State Conference “Stop It, Solve It, Keep It....Beautiful!”
Mark your calendar and plan to attend! October 24-26, 2012 Sliman Theatre, New Iberia, LA
Make your room reservations now by calling the Holiday Inn Express at 337-408-2700 and make sure you mention the code "KLB" to receive the group rate of $109.99 single/double.


AWARDS

Nominate a Hero for the 2012 Citizens Medal (Deadline: April 24)
The Citizens Medal is one of our nation's highest civilian honors. For the past two years, President Obama has relied on you to identify heroes in your community – extraordinary Americans whose work provides inspiration for others to serve. Nominations for the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal are now open, and you can nominate a hero in your community until Tuesday, April 24th.

50 Document Cameras for Educators Sponsored by Samsung (Deadline: May 1)
http://www.samsunggrants.com/ Teachers can enter to win by writing 100 words or less on how the SAMCAM 860 will be used in their classroom. The grant program will provide the document cameras to worthy schools based on need and utilization. The deadline is Tuesday, May 1st.


GRANTS

Lead Paint Vulnerable Populations RFP Posted (Deadline: May 15)
U.S, EPA Region 6, Lead Based Paint Vulnerable Population Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) FY 2012
Closing Date:  May 15, 2012, 5:00 pm Central Standard Time (CST).  Proposals received (if hard copy) or submitted electronically through www.grants.gov by the closing date and time.
Notice of Request for Proposals for Projects to be Funded from the Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division, Lead-Based Paint Projects for Region 6 – CFDA 66.718
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 is soliciting grant proposals from eligible entities to raise awareness of the hazards of lead-based paint, especially from renovation and repair activities in older homes and child care facilities, with the goal of reducing children’s exposure to lead. EPA Region 6 has approximately $50,000 to award. The number of grants EPA will fund as a result of this announcement will be based on the quality of proposals received, the availability of funding, and other applicable considerations. Please see attached document for more details. All questions or comments must be communicated in writing via postal mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Send mail to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 6, Multimedia Planning & Permitting Division
ATTN: Susan Stark (6PD-T)
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202
Send fax to: 214-665-6655 (ATTN: Susan Stark)
Send e-mail to: stark.susan@epa.gov


WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

PLT GreenSchools! Webinar (April 24)
Join PLT on Tuesday, April 24, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST for their third PLT GreenSchools! webinar, Transforming Schools with PLT GreenSchools! Water Investigation. Through this webinar, you will:
          • Find out what students and teachers at Bloomfield Tech, in Bloomfield, NJ, are doing to develop a sustainable campus. They will discuss their geodesic dome greenhouse, energy lab, green roofing, automation and monitoring systems, and methods for capturing water.
          • Hear from students and teachers at St. Paul Lutheran School, about how they reduced their school's water use after completing PLT's GreenSchools! Water Investigation. They will share how installing rain barrels has decreased their school garden water consumption by 660 gallons per week during the growing season, their design for a turtle pond that uses recycled water, and the educational campaign the Green Team.
PLT's GreenSchools! webinar series provides teachers, school administrators, and students with valuable information and tips to implement the PLT GreenSchools! Investigations. We encourage school Green Teams to participate as a group. Participation in the webinars is free, made possible in part by funding from the U.S. Forest Service. To register and learn more, go to www.plt.org/webinars. If you have questions, contact Rachel Bayer at rbayer@plt.org.

2012 USGS-UL RAC Workshop Schedule
The USGS workshop flyers and registration form are attached. Workshop certificate in included in the regular workshop fee, which is listed on the flyers. UL Lafayette offers Continuing Education Credit for these courses at a cost of $15 per workshop. Please note on the registration form if you would to add the CE credits. To reserve a spot simply fill out the registration form and email it back to Ashley Hartley, Regional Application Center, P.O. Box 43090 , Lafayette, LA 70504. Contact Ashley for any questions at: (337) 482-0670 or ahartley@usgs.gov.


RESOURCES

Energy Climate Literacy Document Released
Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education guide is sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Intended use of the document as a guide includes, but is not limited to, formal and informal energy education, standards development, curriculum design, assessment development, and educator trainings. The guide presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. The guide does not seek to identify all areas of energy understanding, but rather to focus on those that are essential for all citizens. The document can be downloaded from the  U.S. Global Change Research Program's web site at, www.globalchange.gov/resources/educators.

The Science of Spring
If you would like to know more about the science of spring, you should visit a special website:
http://seeds.sciencenetlinks.com/teachers-and-parents/ called the “Science of Spring” website, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Kids can learn about seeds and plants by engaging in a hands-on activity in which they observe seeds, plant them, and watch them grow. This hands-on activity is enhanced with an online component where kids can record their observations about plant growth and share that information with kids from around the country. They also can upload a photo of their plant for each observation they submit. Topics include:  All About Seeds; Plant Investigation; and Sharing Observations

NASA's Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Podcast
Are you looking for a new approach to engage middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics? NASA's Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity sets the stage for students to host a show that features astronauts doing experiments on the International Space Station or NASA experts explaining scientific concepts. NASA provides a set of audio and video clips along with links to images and information about a STEM-related topic. Students can choose as many items as they want to include in a project and download them to their computer. Students can use the information provided or conduct their own research to write a script for an audio or video production.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/fo reducators/diypodcast

Take Science and Math Learning to the Next Level with Free iPad Apps
Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning units for enhancing conceptual understanding in science and math in an experiential manner. Designed to be equally effective as learning as well as teaching aids, Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory and engaging experience. Try the free Exploriments iPad apps for Motion, Fluids, Electrostatics, Electricity and Force. Please visit: http://www.exploriments.com/ipad/index.html

Journey Into Galaxies
NASA scientists have unveiled a first-of-its-kind atlas of the stars that catalogs more than half a billion celestial objects—including stars, galaxies, planets, asteroids and hundreds of objects that had never been detected before. The project, made possible by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope, processed more than 15 TB of data to narrow the material down to 18,000 images in a catalog.  Please visit: http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/wise_image_service.html


JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

Office Coordinator Position (Deadline: April 27)
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is seeking to fill a position for an Office Coordinator. This person will be domiciled in the BTNEP office on the Nicholls State University campus. The BTNEP Office Coordinator serves as the administrative assistant to the Program Director and the Deputy Director and is usually the first contact between the Program Office, the general public, and other local, state, national and international officials. For more information on the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, please visit the BTNEP website, www.btnep.org .
To ensure maximum consideration, please submit a letter of application (via email), a résumé, and three references by April 27, 2012 to:
Mr. Kerry St.Pé, Program Director, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, kerry@btnep.org
Nicholls State University, P. O. Box 2663, Thibodaux, LA 70310

LPBF Coastal Position Opening
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is seeking to immediately hire a qualified scientist to assist with the execution of the Coastal Sustainability Program. Application deadline is April 30.  Read more...

Summer Research Internship (SumRI) Position Available (Deadline: May 15)
The LSU Department of Environmental Sciences seeks applications for one Summer Research Internship (SumRI) participant position. The high school student will spend 6 weeks this summer conducting research in a marine microbiology laboratory. The research will include microbiology, molecular biology, ecological impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil, field collection of samples in Port Fourchon, LA and in Grand Isle, LA, analysis of phytoplankton and zooplankton, use of remote sensing for ground-truthing data, and other topics of interest. Students will receive a tax-free stipend of up to $750 upon successful completion of the SumRI internship. Participant will be selected based on grade point averages (minimum 3.0), a 500-word essay indicating interest in science, formal interviews, and a letter of recommendation from each of the following: 1 science teacher, 1 non-science teacher, and 1 community representative. Please submit the following application materials to Dr. Crystal N. Johnson (cnjohnson@lsu.edu): 1 copy of student's report card, 1 essay, and 3 recommendation letters (in sealed envelopes or sent separately). Application deadline is May 15, 2012

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/


 


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