Workshops, Events, Funding, Awards, Information, & Job Announcement

WORKSHOPS

LUMCON's Gulf Lagniappe Adult Education Workshop - MAY 2011
LUMCON’s Gulf Lagniappe adult education workshop series continues in May with two more exciting 1-day workshops:
          • Climate Change (May 14, 2011) featuring Dr. Brian Roberts. Participants will learn common terminology used in media, impacts a changing climate has on the ocean and our coast, and much more.
          • Salt Marsh Geology & Ecology (May 21, 2011) featuring Dr. Alex Kolker. Participants of this workshop will learn first-hand about Louisiana’s dynamic and unique coastal salt marshes.
Both workshops will be held at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. Workshops include a presentation by a LUMCON scientist, a tour of the marine center, a trip aboard the R/V Acadiana, lab activities, and lunch in the LUMCON cafeteria. Workshops are open to any person 18 years or older. Cost is $10/person. Pre-registration is highly recommended and appreciated. If you want to learn more or would like to register please contact either Murt Conover at (985) 851-2860 / mconover@lumcon.edu  or Holly Hebert (985) 851-2842 /  hhebert@lumcon.edu

American Wilderness Leadership School (Deadline: May 15)
The LA chapter of SCI will again be sending a teacher to the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson Hole, WY. The successful winner will receive a full scholarship covering the tuition and will be reimbursed $300 for the travel cost to Jackson Hole. All educators are eligible and they may learn more about the school by visiting www.SafariClub.org and clicking on Foundation and then on AWLS where they can download an application. All applicants must submit a 300 word essay. Applicants must also select the session or sessions that best fit their schedules. The Louisiana SCI Chapter has sent over 75 teachers to AWLS over the past several years and is a supporter of this beautiful facility nestled in the mountains. Each year over 200 teachers from around the country attend this school and the reviews received from attendees reflect their pleasure of the experience. The curriculum runs from first light to past dark most days with a mix of classroom and outdoor activities. Applications are due May 15th to: SCI Foundation, 108 Isle of Cuba Road, Schriever, LA 70395. For more information: call Ron or Jackie at 985-446-5460

5-Day Summer Workshop for AP*, Pre-AP* or General Biology or Environmental Science teachers:
          Ecology                  June 20-24          Asheville, NC          $490
          Genetics                June 27-July 1    Asheville, NC          $490
          Cell Biology           July 4-8                Asheville, NC          $490
          Anat & Physio       July 11-15            Asheville, NC          $490
Each week-long intensive includes lesson plans for an entire unit of student-centered activities to promote the use of critical thinking skills on a daily basis. 10% discount if enrolling for more than one workshop, or already own a full-year curriculum license. Click the blue links or the website below to get a detailed agenda of each 5-Day Summer Workshop, to download an application or for more information on travel, accommodations or CEU credit: http://www.catalystlearningcurricula.com. Contact Kristen Dotti at (828) 687-0807 or Kristen.Dotti@CatalystLearningCurricula.com with any questions regarding the 5-Day Summer Workshops or to reserve your space while your paperwork is processed.

CRUISE – Seeking a teacher from the Gulf Coast
Participate in a research cruise that will collect data regarding the Hypoxic Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Cruise will depart July 30 and return August 19, 2011, from Gulfport, MS. The research grant will pay the teacher participant a stipend and travel costs. If you are interested, please email with your 1) name, 2) email, 3) school name and address 4) student age, 5) subject taught to Jessica Kastler, Jessica.Kastler@usm.edu or call (228) 872-4269 for more information.

CONFERENCES, EVENTS

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to host 16th Annual Coastal Stewardship Awards (May 6)
CRCL’s annual Stewardship Awards Banquet is a great way to support our coast by honoring those individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the restoration and protection of coastal Louisiana. Registered guests are invited to join us for a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm with this year’s keynote speech from Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Winners of this year’s awards include Lifetime Achievement winner Sherwood “Woody” Gagliano and Coastal Stewardship Award winners Mel Landry, Pam Blanchard, Mark Shirley, the “LCA Six” Team, Ashley Mullens and Marietta Herr. The banquet will be held on Friday, May 6th at the Baton Rouge Hilton Capitol Center. This is a great opportunity to honor our outstanding coastal stewards, catch up with old friends, make new ones or simply learn more about restoring our coast. Tickets are $50 per person. Limited space still available – make reservations now by phone at 225.767.4181 or online at www.crcl.org.

2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service
Did you know that the world’s premier conference for nonprofit, government, and corporate organizations is coming to New Orleans this summer? The 2011 National Conference will be held in New Orleans June 6–8, 2011. Convened by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the annual event provides attendees with an opportunity to learn, connect and be inspired through a wide range of exciting and informative plenary sessions, workshops, special events, service projects, exhibits, specialized corporate tracks and more. If you or your organization works with volunteers in any capacity, this is an event you do not want to miss. For a dynamic, meaningful, learning experience, the National Conference on Volunteering and Service offers multiple types of sessions. More than 150 workshops, 11 immersion learning sessions and 7 forums will be offered at the conference, in focus areas ranging from Disaster to Youth Leadership. Check out all that the conference has to offer here. Conference attendees will also be participating in service projects across the city.
Register online at http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/register.cfm. Onsite registration will be available at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center beginning Saturday, June 4.

Visiting Galveston this summer? Check out Artist Boat's Canoe Trip Schedule and Enjoy a Tour of the Coastal Marshes
Artist Boat is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of the coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. Attached is a summer calendar filled with trips for June-August 2011. Sign up for your trip of choice as soon as possible. Great for family vacations, small groups of friends or day-cations! To register, contact the Artist Boat at (409) 770-0722 or e-mail at info@artistboat.org or visit www.artistboat.org. $50 per person (all equipment included); $25 per person (when own equipment is brought)

The Sally Ride Science Festival at LSU will be on September 24, 2011!
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA – 11:00 am to 4:15 pm. Early Registration Discount: Register by June 15 for only $15!
Presented by ExxonMobil, the Sally Ride Science Festival includes:
          • An inspiring talk by a featured speaker
          • Discovery workshops for girls, which may be given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists and more
          • Workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls' interests in science
          • A street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food, and music
While our festivals are primarily focused on encouraging 5th-8th grade girls to pursue their interests in science, everyone is welcome to attend! Don’t miss out—advanced registration required! Sign up now at http://www.sallyridefestivals.com or call us at 1.800.561.5161. After June 15th, registration fee is $20.

ASBPA's 2011 National Coastal Conference: "Expanding Coastal Horizons"
The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announces their 2011 national coastal conference, which is being held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, LA from October 19-21, 2011. ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the protection of beaches and shores. The ASBPA conference brings together scientists, engineers, geologists, biologists, planners, government officials, and policy makers from across the country to discuss the latest developments with respect to the coast. The theme of this years’ conference is Expanding Coastal Horizons, recognizing that the coastal issues extend beyond the narrow strip where waves wash ashore, to inland marshes and bays. Given the conference’s location in Louisiana, additional concurrent sessions are planned that will focus on CWPPRA, LCA, LACES, river diversions, long distance sediment delivery and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. A short course on the Federal planning process is being planned along with a field trip to the IHNC Surge Barrier.
Papers are being solicited related to the topics listed above. Papers should be submitted by May 13, 2011 to abstracts@asbpa.org. Authors should refer to the call for papers for additional guidance http://www.asbpa.org/conferences/2011Callwlogo.pdf
Additional information regarding ASBPA and the conference can be found at: http://www.asbpa.org/conferences/conf_fall_11.htm
ASBPA Contact: Kate & Ken Gooderham, Executive Directors (239) 489-2616 or exdir@asbpa.org

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY, AWARDS

BP-Sponsored Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Announces Availability of Research Funding
The Gulf Research Initiative has published their request for proposal for the $50 million in funds from BP. Information is available at http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/request-for-proposals/.
Story: http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/2011/bp-sponsored-gulf-of-mexico-research-initiative-announces-availability-of-research-funding/
Public education and outreach is allowable within the context of the research material proposed - a small percentage, but is allowed. You may download the RFP at: http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/GRI_RFP_I.pdf
Important dates to note:
9 pm EDT, May 9, 2011: Letters of Intent must be submitted to the Consortium for Ocean Leadership
9 pm EDT, June 6, 2011: Status update on letters of intent due
9 pm EDT, July 11, 2011: Complete proposals are due
          The purpose of RFP I is to select the research activities for GRI Years 2-4 (1 June 2011-31 May 2014) involving Research Consortia. For this solicitation, a Research Consortium is defined as having four or more institutions. The second RFP (RFP II) will focus on activities involving less money and less internal management than a Research Consortium; RFP II will be issued at a later date. RFP II will request proposals from individual or collaborative efforts involving a principal investigator (PI) and co principal investigators (co PIs) from up to three additional institutions and will be focused on the same research themes described in RFP I. RFP II will fund activities for GRI Years 2-4.

Department of Education Starts Award for ‘Green’ Schools
The U.S. Department of Education announced the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. The new awards program will be run by the Education Department with the support of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Green Ribbon Schools program reflects President Obama’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and preparing today’s students for jobs in fields that provide clean energy solutions. The program will be modeled after the Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which annually honors public and private schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels. The Education Department, the EPA, and CEQ will recognize schools for energy conservation, creating healthy learning spaces, and teaching environmental literacy. Application for the program will be released later this year, and the first group of “Green Ribbon Schools” announced next year.

INFORMATION

The Louisiana Conservationist spring issue is now available – www.louisianaconservationist.org
Articles include a recap of the whooping crane introduction, the Private Landowner Program and the adventure of a lone canoer who traveled the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Morgan City, La.

National Wildlife Federation Sponsors Enhancement of Habitat for Migratory Birds in Plaquemines Parish
On Saturday, April 09, 2011, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Woodlands Conservancy coordinated a group of area volunteers to help with seedling planting and landscaping at the Woodlands Trail in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. This planting as well as those scheduled for next spring will help restore hurricane-impacted forest area and will enhance habitat for migratory birds that lost critical stopover locations in last year’s Gulf oil disaster.
          The blowout of the Deepwater Horizon left a lasting impact to migratory bird habitats in the New Orleans area that is difficult to quantify, but steps can be taken to mitigate some of the effects. NWF and Woodlands Conservancy are working to establish contiguous greenway corridors in what is considered likely to be the last remaining forested land mass between open water and New Orleans.
          Hundreds of millions of birds cross the Gulf each year and travel along the Mississippi flyway, with 2.5 million stopping daily in Louisiana to feed and rest. Last summer’s oil disaster closed the “re-fueling” areas for migratory birds along the water’s edge as oil coated available feeding and resting sites. This, along with the massive land loss coastal Louisiana is enduring, has resulted in a diminished wetland habitat for crucial migratory bird species. This planting will help expand a greenway corridor, making more stopover habitat available for migratory birds in Louisiana.
          For more information:  Ben Weber, NWF, Oil Spill Response Coordinator for the Western Gulf, weberb@nwf.org, (734) 678-3300; Katie Brasted, Executive Director, Woodlands Conservancy, Katie@woodlandsconservancy.org, (504) 433-4000 or (504) 453-4934

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Visits CWPPRA Restoration Project
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who chairs the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and John Hankinson, director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, spent part of the one year anniversary date of the BP Oil Spill touring healthy restored marshes and wetlands along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts to learn more about recovery efforts.  As part of the tour, the Administrator visited the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) project- the Mississippi River Sediment Delivery System –Bayou Dupont (BA-39). Paul Kaspar, CWPPRA project manager, guided the tour. The two leaders were also joined by other EPA officials, community members, non-governmental restoration organization managers, and students who shared information about successful marsh restoration projects and the need for additional ecosystem rebuilding efforts.
          President Obama issued an executive order in October 2010 to create the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and appointed Administrator Jackson chair. The task force works to integrate federal restoration efforts with those of local stakeholders and state and tribal governments, and to facilitate accountability and support throughout the restoration process. EPA also announced the availability of grant funding for local organizations supporting health and environmental education and outreach to communities affected by the oil spill.
More information on the grants: http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/bp-spill-grants.html
More information on the EPA’s efforts on the Gulf Coast: http://epa.gov/gulfcoasttaskforce/

The Great American Energy Debate
During the past eight weeks over 3,600 students from 70 schools participated in the National Student Energy Survey. To view the national, state, and student organization results visit www.TheGreatAmericanEnergyDebate.org and select the National Survey Results link on the homepage. The national results are also in a Power Point presentation along with a script on how to use the results to conduct a classroom energy focus group using the 13 survey questions.
          Based on the results, secondary students are generally unaware of major energy issues, and lack even elementary knowledge about energy. The goal of The Great American Energy Debate (TGAED) Project is to quadruple the energy knowledge of all high school graduates by the year 2020.
          To kick off this effort, the objective for the 2011-2012 school year is to prompt 100 schools to begin simple programs to initiate and enhance energy education in their school and become an Energy 2020 School program. One hundred secondary schools programs will receive TGAED staff support and program assistance, along with a stipend to cover up any expenses up to $350 for the implementation of the program.

These Energy 2020 School programs will be organized by students and supported by teachers and local energy leaders. An easy to follow Energy 2020 School Implementation Guide will help student leaders and teachers efficiently conduct an effective program. For more information, including a video about the Energy 2020 School program use this link... www.thegreatamericanenergydebate.org/Energy2020School.html

CRAB, FEB, SAB, WEB, WSC, IB, EMT--
Quickly find science images, including animal and plant, weather and space, and earth and sun images and more. The information is free and no registration is required.
Science.gov > Special Collections > Image Search http://www.science.gov/scigovimage/
Science.gov Image Search searches the metadata from images provided by three Federal agencies with more image databases expected to be added in the coming months. The current federated search includes:
          • http://life.nbii.gov/dml/home.do – The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Library of Images from the Environment (LIFE), a collection of high-quality photographs, illustrations, and graphics covering a wide range of topics, including images of plants, animals, fungi, microorganisms, habitats, wildlife management, environmental topics, and biological study/fieldwork.
          • http://nix.larc.nasa.gov/advanced – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Image eXchange (NIX), a search engine of NASA's multimedia collections, including images of space flight wind tunnel, solar system, aircraft, and education initiatives.
          • http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/search.html – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Photo Library, a collection spanning centuries of time and much of the natural world from the center of the earth to the surface of the sun.

Public Input Sought for Restoring Gulf Resources
NOAA and other federal and state agencies are assessing the impacts to, and determining the appropriate restoration for, Gulf resources injured by the Deepwater BP oil spill. These organizations are identifying the types of restoration activities appropriate to restore the natural resources impacted by the spill. Stakeholder input is important. The public scoping process offers you an opportunity to provide comments and project ideas related to restoring Gulf resources injured by the spill. To submit comments, please visit http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/give-us-your-ideas/.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

AST Environmental is accepting resumes for entry level and mid level environmental oversight positions. Potential projects include the Gulf Cleanup and Highway construction projects. Experience is a plus; however specific training will be provided. A B.S. degree in biology, wildlife or environmental science is required. Please do not apply prior to receiving a degree. The positions are expected to last from 6 months to 2 years. The scheduled rotations are 14 days on and 7 days off. Please send resumes to selby@astenv.net.