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ELI releases a new set of educational materials on Gulf restoration targeted for people unfamiliar with the restoration process. The materials focus on the natural resources damage assessment (NRDA), the RESTORE Act, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) funds. Included are one-page summaries for each of the processes, a one-page overview of all three processes, and a guide to public commenting

Reminder: Free Webinar on Climate Change, Community Resilience and Restoration in the Gulf, April 10

GOMURC is co-hosting a free webinar on Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico with the Environmental Law Institute and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs. The webinar will be Friday, April 10, 2:00-4:00PM ET (1:00-3:00PM CT) and you can register here.

Don’t miss out on this exciting and important discussion!

 

NOAA’s Education Council is soliciting general comments on the latest update of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan 2015 – 2035: Advancing NOAA’s Mission through Education, planned to be released later in 2015.  The Plan outlines the goals and objectives that NOAA Education will strive to achieve over the next 20 years. Comments must be received by April 10, 2015 and can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., include “Education Plan Public Comment” in the subject line. Or via mail to Marissa Jones, NOAA Office of Education, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20230. Include “Education Plan Public Comment” on the envelope. More details here.

 

 

The National Research Council has a project to gather an ad hoc committee to inform monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico. The committee will identify best practices for monitoring and evaluating restoration activities to improve the performance of restoration programs and increase the effectiveness and longevity of restoration projects. More information can be found here. A list of potential committee members can be found here. They are currently taking comments on the committee appointments with the commenting period ending on April 8. 

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council is offering a webinar on the Water Quality Portal (WQP) Wednesday, February 18th at 2:00PM ET. Pre-registration is required for this event.

This free webinar will go over the basic use of the WQP, which provides easy access to over 250 million discrete water quality sample results from over 2.1 million sites in a services-first, standards-driven environment. It will also feature a presentation by Jim Kreft of the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

You can pre-register for the webinar here. If you are unable to attend the webinar but would like to view it later, it will be posted, along with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s other archived webinars on their YouTube channel. 

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The National Research Council released their new report Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences. This report identifies eight strategic research priorities for the next decade that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean. The report is available for free download here.

You can also register for the public webinar being given Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 3:00PM EST. It will feature presentations by Shirley Pomponi and David Titley, co-chairs of the report’s authoring committee, followed by a Q & A session.

Over the next several weeks, members of the report’s authoring committee will be presenting a series of seminars at research institutions around the United States.

As part of the 2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) competition, webinars are being offered covering the competition’s them of “The Science of Oil in the Ocean.” These webinars have been offered throughout the month of January. All educators are welcome to join the live presentations. Others can view the presentation recordings once posted. You can view the recordings or register for the remaining webinar here.

 

 

The Center for Gulf Studies has an opening for a director. They seek an individual to lead the advancement of Gulf of Mexico science from various oil spill restoration and recovery resources. The director will be responsible for program development, long-term funding and research activities, and coordination and strategic planning among the varied stakeholders of the Center.  Applicants must hold a PhD in marine science or other relevant earth science filed and have a minimum of 10 years related experience.

You can view details about the position and apply here

 

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On Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Toby Baker announced the selection of two consortia, one led by the University of Houston and the other led by Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi, to establish Centers of Excellence. Centers of Excellence are being created in the five Gulf States affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to conduct research in this region as mandated by the RESTORE Act.

 

For more details on the consortia members and the type of work they will be doing, see the official press release

 

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ABSTRACTS DUE OCT. 3 for posters and oral talks for 2015 Gulf of Mexico Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

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National Academies of Science accepting applications for the 2015 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. This 12-week program (Jan. 20 - Apr. 10, 2015) is designed to engage early career individuals in the processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local level. The Gulf Research Program will host a Christine Mirzayan Fellow, so we encourage you to spread the word among potential candidates.

Applications are due Sept. 1, 2014. The fellowship stipend is $8,500. To learn more or apply online, please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/

FIO is leading new annual multi-institutional summer course, Field Studies in Marine Science/Biology;  5-week, field-intensive course designed to expand student knowledge of the biodiversity, geochemistry, and human impact of Florida’s coastal and offshore ecosystems-- http://www.fio.usf.edu/education/summer-course-2014.

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GOMURC annual reports

2013 annual reports posted for: GOMURC -- http://www.marine.usf.edu/gomurc/docs/GOMURC-2013-progress-report-021914.pdf; Dauphin Island Sea Lab-- http://press.disl.org/PDFs/annualreport/2013AR.pdf; Florida Inst. of Oceanography -- http://www.fio.usf.edu/about-us/documents/category/4-annual-reports

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NAS Gulf Program hosting Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow in early 2014; program provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation-- http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/.

GOMRI's CIMAGE  research consortium (http://cimage.rc.usf.edu/node?destination=node) hosts live shows from sea. Hosted by USF educator, Teresa Greely, a blog and live Skype events during research cruises describe discoveries and life at sea-- http://adventuresatsea.blog.usf.edu.

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