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Science Communication Survey

Dear Colleague, We are conducting research on the science communication patterns, styles, and expectations of ecologists in various positons, including government agencies, non-profits, academia, and industry. Whether you communicate your science with individuals or groups regularly, occasionally, or not at all, we would greatly appreciate 10 minutes of your time to assess how and why we as ecologists engage (or not) with others about science. Our study is being conducted through the University of Hawai’i along with the following collaborators: Stacy Baez (Old Dominion University), Lauren Garske (UC-Davis), Jennifer Griffiths (Stockholm University), Emily Henry (Oregon State University), Lesley Knoll (Lacawac Sanctuary), Kevin Rose (UW-Madison), and Adrienne Sponberg (ASLO) with funding support from NSF (OCE08-12838). For more information, please contact one or both of the principal investigators: Drs. Paul Kemp (paulkemp @ hawaii.edu) or Peter Levi (plevi @ wisc.edu). To take the survey and for additional information on our research, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/science_communication Best, Peter Levi, University of Wisconsin­Madison Paul Kemp, University of Hawai’i Our research and recruitment materials were approved by UH-IRB on 07-JUN-2014.


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Science Communication Opportunity- Ocean 180 Video Challenge

The Ocean 180 Video Challenge is entering its second year, offering an opportunity for ocean scientists to practice their communication and presentation skills. A total of $9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to ocean scientists who best communicate their research through film.

Sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) and funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Ocean 180 challenges scientists to communicate and share the meaning, significance, and relevance of their research with a broader audience.

To enter, ocean scientists are asked to produce a 3-minute video abstract summarizing a recent publication. Scientists at any career stage, including graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to participate.

Submissions will ultimately be viewed and evaluated by thousands of middle school students from around the world. In 2014, during Ocean 180’s inaugural year, entries were seen by over 30,000 students participating as judges in 13 countries. This is a fantastic way to develop your communication skills and make a broader impact with your research.

Submissions for the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge will be accepted from October 1-December 1, 2014.

Information, previous winners, and full contest guidelines can be found at http://ocean180.org. All questions may be directed to info@ocean180.org<mailto:info@ocean180.org>

Mallory Watson
COSEE Florida Scientist
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, Florida   32901

Phone: 732-996-5312
Email: mwatson@fit.edu<mailto:mwatson@fit.edu>
Twitter: @Ocean180Video

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Marine Science Instructor




Sea|mester Programs (<http://www.seamester.com>www.seamester.com) is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated marine science instructor to work with their study abroad program aboard the school ship S/Y Ocean Star or S/Y Argo in Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 semesters. Descriptions of the marine science courses taught onboard can be found at: <http://www.seamester.com/academics/courses/>http://www.seamester.com/academics/courses/. This is a one-year, full-time position which may be renewed based on performance.

The successful candidate will play an active role in the day-to-day operation of our program and lead the instruction for either the Introductory Marine Biology or Introductory Oceanography course.  He/she is expected foster an exciting experiential learning environment for the students on board, with appropriate field sampling and experiments.  The instructor should be creative and flexible in his/her approach to teaching and incorporate program activities and experiences into the course structure.

The successful candidate will be adaptable and willing to work in the ever-changing conditions­with sometimes difficult weather conditions­that are characteristic of life at sea.  He/she should be enthusiastic about traveling to various locales and working with different cultures and languages.


·         Master’s degree in marine biology, oceanography or related field.

·         Ability to teach a university-level introductory course in marine biology or oceanography


·         PhD in marine biology, oceanography or related field.

·         Prior experience teaching, preferably in field sciences.

·         Scientific diving experience and Divemaster or Dive Instructor certification.

·         Boating experience, especially on large vessels or sailing vessels


Starting salary is $27,500 for a PhD and $25,000 for a Masters.  Room and board, travel expenses and health insurance are provided.

START:  Position begins in early September 2014 and continues through August 2015.

CLOSING DATE: 07/27/2014

To apply, send a cover letter and CV to Chantale Bégin (<mailto:chantalebegin@gmail.com>chantalebegin@gmail.com).

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HBEP Educational Lecture Series – SUNDAY July 27, 2014v

Aloha HBEP Educational Lecture Series Patrons,



On Sunday afternoon, the UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program resumes its public outreach series at the City and County of Honoluluʻs Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.




“Friendly or dangerous waters? Assessment of human interactions during swim-with spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) tourism in Hawaii” by Carlie Wiener, Ph.D Candidate, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.


A growth in marine tourism focusing on Hawaiian spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) has occurred over the past thirty years, including a proliferation of swim-with activities. Concern about the sustainability of the Hawaiian spinner dolphin has led to investigation of the population’s health and the potential impacts from human interactions. Research on human behavior and attitudes in spinner dolphin tourism has been sparse; however, management strategies may benefit from understanding expectations and experiences of tour participants. Baseline research exploring the types and frequency of in-water human interactions with Hawaiian spinner dolphins was completed at 14 known spinner dolphin resting-sites along the coasts of Kona and Waianae. Underwater interactions between snorkelers and dolphins were assessed using video footage collected from randomly selected and willing dolphin-swim participants. Swimmer behavior captured on video was also linked to a survey exploring participants understanding of impacts to dolphins, conservation values, and perceptions towards management. Based on the data, we present a first look at the controversial role of snorkeler behavior during dolphin swim tourism. If you would like to learn more, come on down next week.


The presentation will be in the education alcove in the Hanauma Bay Education Center at 3:00 p.m. (public parking is $1.00/vehicle). Admittance to the lecture presentation will begin at 2:45 p.m. outside the entrance to the Education Center by the benches.  Those who are attending the lecture presentation ONLY and are admitted at this time by the Education staff will bypass the admission window.  Please do not arrive earlier than 2:45 p.m.  Patrons attending ONLY the Educational Lecture will be given a special red “Hawaii Sea Grant” hand stamp that will allow access into the education alcove for the lecture but no access to the beach itself.  Lecture will begin promptly at 3 p.m.


*Please NOTE: Anyone who wishes to go to the beach BEFORE the lecture, will be processed through the regular admission line and shall pay the admission fee of $7.50 (if you are not a Hawaii resident).


We hope to see you all there! These education programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.


For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, navigate to the “Calendar of Events” located at www.hanaumabayeducation.org.


Mahalo for your kind consideration and interest in the Hanauma Bay Education Program.




UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program

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NNI Survey: Residence, Connectedness and Citizenship for Young Adult American Indians

The Native Nations Institute would like to help tribes to strengthen ties with off-reservation citizens, whether they have moved away from the their nation’s land base, or never lived on tribal lands in the first place. Are you a citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native village, aged 18-29, who is living outside the boundaries of his or her Native nation?  We invite you to take a short survey about your experiences and add your perspective to the conversation.
The purpose of the project is to answer two questions: 1.  Are there meaningful ways for Native young people to participate in the community as citizens, even while living “off-reservation”? 2. How can tribes facilitate enduring connections and engagement with their young adult, off-reservation populations?

For more information, please contact Jennifer Schultz (jschult1@email.arizona.edu) or Stephanie Carroll Rainie (scrainie@email.arizona.edu). 
To take the survey, please CLICK HERE.

Jennifer Lee Schultz, PhDSenior Researcher, Native Nations Institute
Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
University of Arizona
803 E. First Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
Email: jschult1@email.arizona.edu
Cell: 520-333-9214

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NextEra Energy – Ford Dry Lake Scholarship Program Changes and New Deadline

NextEra Energy – Ford Dry Lake Scholarship Program Changes and New Deadline

AISES and NextEra Energy Foundation are announcing a change in the program scope and an extension of deadline for the recently launched “NextEra Energy – Ford Dry Lake Scholarship Program.” 

Over the next four years, AISES will administer $300,000 in scholarship funds on behalf of the NextEra Energy Foundation available to members of participating Arizona and California Indian Tribes pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities.

The NextEra Energy-Ford Dry Lake Scholarship Program is designed to enhance educational opportunities for tribal members who are pursuing post-secondary educations at accredited four year colleges/universities, two-year colleges, or vocational schools.  NextEra Energy is committed to solving our energy needs now and in the future with clean technologies, and to encouraging and assisting Native Americans as they pursue education in growth areas of our economy that will meet the needs of future generations.  Through these scholarships, one of several Genesis Solar Energy Project Public Outreach activities, NextEra believes that additional skill sets will be brought back to impacted tribal communities and ensure that these communities benefit from the growing trends in clean energy.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing post-secondary educations at accredited four year colleges/universities, two-year colleges, or vocational schools.

Tribal Membership Requirement
Applicants for this scholarship MUST be a member of one of the following participating tribes in the Ford Dry Lake Area:

  • Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Cahuilla Band of Indians
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  • Cocopah Indian Tribe
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians
  • Quechan Indian Tribe
  • Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians


Scholarship Details
In 2014, each selected scholar is eligible for a maximum amount of $20,000 in Scholarship Awards which are payable in installments of $2,500 per semester, up to a maximum of 8 semesters or until the student graduates, whichever occurs first.  Funding will be provided directly to the scholar.  Funds may only be used to cover tuition, books and living expenses for the recipient’s vocational, undergraduate or graduate program. Scholars will only apply once, and will continue to receive the award, as long as they maintain a 2.66 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), acquire and maintain an AISES membership, and are considered full-time students (12 credit hours per semester or meet their school’s definition of a full-time student).  There is no longer a specified major or field of study requirement, however, the student must be enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate.

Eligibility Requirements
Only applicants meeting the following requirements will be considered for this program:

  • Student must have a 2.66 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA);
  • Must be or will be a full-time student at an accredited four year college/university or a full-time student at a two-year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree, or a full-time student enrolled in a vocational program leading to certification;  and
  • Must be an existing member of AISES, or join AISES within 30 days of award.

Application Dates
The application deadline is July 30, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. PDT.  ALL required materials must be submitted by that date.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 22, 2014. 

Application Process
AISES only accepts applications submitted online via our online scholarship platform, https://aises.starsscholarshipsonline.com/stars/default.aspx

For More Information
For more information about this scholarship and other AISES scholarship programs you may be eligible to apply for, please go to:  http://www.aises.org/scholarships  You may also call or email Katherine Cristiano, Programs Manager at (720) 552-6123 or kcristiano@aises.org.

About NextEra Energy
The NextEra Energy Foundation, Inc. is a private foundation organized as a not-for-profit corporation for the purpose of financially assisting charitable, scientific, literacy and educational organizations.  NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $15.1 billion, approximately 42,500 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 13,900 employees in 26 states and Canada as of year-end 2013.  Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy’s principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.7 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which together with its affiliated entities is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun.