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Amended Agenda for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 04/06/2011

April 6, 2011-The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of March 3, 2011
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/March
  5. To consider Notice of Intent on Fish and Wildlife Values
  6. To hear overview of Budget Process and Department’s Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Executive Budget
  7. Public comments on 2011-13 Hunting Seasons and 2011-12 General & WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations and DMAP
  8. To consider Notice of Intent on Alligator Regulations
  9. To hear Report on Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes
  10. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Opening of Sabine Lake to Commercial Oyster Harvest
  11. Set August 2011 Meeting Date
  12. Receive Public Comments
  13. Adjournment

L.D.W.F. Investigating Decapitated Eagle

Release Date: 04/05/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking the public's help after finding a federally protected decapitated bald eagle in a drainage ditch in Franklin Parish on April 3.

Anyone providing information leading to the arrest or conviction of the guilty party is eligible for up to $2,000 in cash rewards.  LDWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are both offering $1,000 to help solve this case. 

"To see any protected animal decapitated in a ditch is disheartening enough, let alone the animal that represents our symbol of freedom," said Capt. Alan Bankston, LDWF's Regional Captain for the Monroe area.  "However, to find out what happened to this eagle, we really need help from the public.  We are urging the public to offer up any information they might hear so we can hold someone accountable for this brutal crime."

Anyone with information may call the LDWF Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Agents believe the eagle had been dead for a couple of days before being found.  LDWF agents recovered the eagle and are currently scheduling a necropsy to determine a cause of death.

The eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  For each violation of these acts, a $5,000 fine and up to 18 months in jail may be imposed if convicted.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

2011 Dates Announced for White Lake Facilities Use by Groups Conducting Non-Consumptive Activities

Release Date: 04/01/2011

April 1, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated selected dates between April 19 and July 12, 2011 for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).

White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2011 group use dates.

The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which now includes an experimental population of whooping cranes.

White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. The property will seasonally have migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules, and the common moorhen. Hawks and owls are also common. Coastal terns and gulls use habitat contained on White Lake at times. Several large breeding rookeries of waders are present on the property. Most notably, along Blackfish Bayou, buttonbush growth supports a rookery with a large number of black-crowned night herons.

Access dates and fees for 2011 are as follows:

SCHEDULE FOR NON-CONSUMPTIVE ACTIVITIES AT WHITE LAKE WCA

Day trips: April 26; May 3 and 17; June 7 and 21; and July 5 and 12.

Overnight trips: April 19-20; May 10-11; and June 14-15.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE

Day Use (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
$300 - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with  coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.

Exemptions from day-use Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)
$400 + $25/person/night --Includes overnight stay at Lodge with only linens provided.
(For up to 12 people.)

$400 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)

$900 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)

Exemptions from overnight Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/25 clay pigeons.

$15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.

Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.

Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/ride.  Limited to authorized function attendees.

Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on White Lake WCA facility use, visit the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/white-lake-wetlands-non-consumptive-use-2011, or call 337-479-1894 or e-mail Wayne Sweeney at sweeneykw@bellsouth.net.

Agenda Set for April Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 03/30/2011

March 30, 2011 - The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of March 3, 2011
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/March
  5. To consider Notice of Intent on Fish and Wildlife Values
  6. To hear overview of Budget Process and Department’s Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Executive Budget
  7. Public comments on 2011-13 Hunting Seasons and 2011-12 General & WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations and DMAP
  8. To consider Notice of Intent on Alligator Regulations
  9. To hear Report on Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes
  10. Set August 2011 Meeting Date
  11. Receive Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

Volunteers Return to Pass A Loutre WMA For Marsh Restoration Project Phase Two

Release Date: 03/29/2011

Ohio State University students on spring break place Gulf Saver Bags at Pass a Loutre WMA on March 24.
Volunteers, coordinated by Common Ground Relief for Restore the Earth Foundation, prepare for trip to Pass a Loutre WMA.
Gulf Saver Bags placed at Pass a Loutre WMA are designed to stimulate marsh restoration and growth.

March 29, 2011 - Volunteers from around the state and country assisted the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) marsh restoration efforts March 24 with a second installation of Gulf Saver Bags at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Common Ground Relief coordinated the effort for the Restore the Earth Foundation and LDWF, bringing in students on spring break from Ohio State University, and representatives of Bayou Rebirth, (San Francisco) For the Bayou, Global Green and Plaquemines Parish officials and citizens.

The volunteers assisted LDWF Coastal and Non-game Resources Division personnel distribute 800 Gulf Saver Bags at the WMA that forms the southeast tip of Plaquemines Parish, where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The vital wetland habitat within the WMA provides a natural home and breeding grounds for shrimp, crabs, oysters, and more than five million migratory birds. Hurricane activity and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 have further advanced the effects of coastal erosion to this southeastern Louisiana shoreline that forms the first line of defense against storm surge and tidal fluctuations.

The Gulf Saver Bag is a package of native marsh grasses with its own supply of natural nutrients and oil eating micro-organisms combined to support, feed and protect the new growth of marsh grasses in areas of need. The bag is standard biodegradable burlap weighing 20 pounds when packed. Placement by hand from small transport vessels minimizes disruption of shallow sediment along deteriorating coastal land mass. The 800 bags placed along the marsh shoreline Thursday supplement the 400 bags distributed by an initial volunteer effort in December 2010.

Funding for materials used at Pass a Loutre was provided by donations from individuals and matching donations from the Coypu Foundation, the Ittleson Foundation, State Farm Insurance and Restore Americas Estuaries. Additional funds were raised though benefit concerts held in San Francisco and sponsored by For the Bayou, as well as a Benefit the Bayou concert held in Cape Cod, and a car wash held by Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans. For more information on the Gulf Saver Bag project, visit www.gulfsaversolutions.com.

Pass a Loutre WMA encompasses 115,000 acres and is the oldest wildlife management area in Louisiana. Visit www.wlf.la.gov for information on LDWF’s coastal wildlife management areas.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

Video Contest, Grants, Resources

CONTESTS


2011 VIDEO CONTEST (Deadline: April 11)
This contest, which is a joint project of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc., Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Office of Motor Vehicles, seeks to engage young people to take action in the fight against litter and illegal dumping in our state and help promote a cleaner and more beautiful Louisiana. We want to convey to the newest generation of motor vehicle drivers, in particular, that littering is unacceptable, illegal and just downright wrong. Enter the contest by submitting an original video of at least 30 seconds but no more than two (2) minutes in length by the online submission process and in compliance with the official rules in the attachment. No purchase necessary to win. All entries must be received between Monday, March 28, beginning at noon, and Monday, April 11, 2011, 5 p.m. For more information, visit: videos.keeplouisianabeautiful.org or www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.


GRANTS

ACS Grant Opportunity for High School Chemistry Teachers (Deadline: April 1)
The ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant is awarded to high school chemistry teachers for any purpose that enhances the teaching and learning of chemistry within their classrooms. This includes covering basic needs as well as supporting new, innovative activities. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for:
• Laboratory Equipment & Supplies
• Instructional Materials
• Professional Development Courses
• Field/Research Studies
• Science Outreach Events
We are currently accepting applications through April 1, 2011 for the 2011-2012 academic year. We hope that you will pass this opportunity along to the chemistry teachers that you know. Details about the grant and the application process can be found at www.acs.org/hach. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Kenetia Thompson at 1-800-227-5558 ext. 8178 or K_Thompson2@acs.org.


RESOURCES

NOAA has launched the social media photo sharing website "NOAA Photo Library's Photostream" on Flickr, the premier Internet photo sharing website. A selection of over 4,000 photos have been uploaded onto the NOAA Flickr website, a subset of the 47,000 public domain images presently on the NOAA Photo Library. The photos can be viewed in collections, sets, in slideshow format, and by using the Flickr search engine to search for imagery thematically. View the site at www.flickr.com/photos/noaaphotolib and the NOAA Photo Library at www.photolib.noaa.gov/.

Father and Son Team Receive D.W.I. Enforcement Awards

Release Date: 03/25/2011

LSU Patrol Officer Justin Lanoux (left) and his father, LDWF Senior Agent Randy Lanoux (right)

March 25, 2011 - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission presented "2010 DWI Enforcement Awards" on March 15 to a father and son for their efforts in getting impaired operators of vehicles and vessels off the streets and waterways.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Senior Agent Randy Lanoux, 47, of Gonzales, received the award for making 47 driving while under the influence (DWI) cases in 2010.  His son, Louisiana State University (LSU) Police Patrol Officer Justin Lanoux, 27, of Gonzales, earned the award for issuing 24 DWI citations.  They both made the most DWI arrests for their agencies.

"This was a very special moment for me and my son," said Randy Lanoux.  "During the span of my 30-year law enforcement career I have received several awards, however, in this one instance to stand next to your only son and receive recognition from the state, which you love so dearly, is indescribable."

Justin said he made most of his cases around the perimeter of the LSU campus and that he has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  "It is important to protect the LSU students, faculty and staff as well as the citizens of the state of Louisiana from drunk drivers," he said.  "Alcohol related traffic crashes are 100% preventable by simply not drinking and driving."

Randy made 44 of his 47 DWI cases in 2010 on the water with most of those coming on the Amite and Blind Rivers.  Alcohol is the number one cause of boating crash incidents that lead to fatalities in Louisiana.  In 2009, alcohol was ruled the primary cause for six of the 32 fatalities from boating crash incidents.

"For public safety it is imperative that impaired boat operators be located and removed from our state waterways before they can cause harm to themselves or someone else," Randy said.  "It's not a question of if something will happen, but a question of when.  Eventually there will be a situation where a quick decision needs to be made and an impaired operator simply can't react in the time needed.  Alcohol also obstructs their capabilities of reason and judgment and is a recipe for disaster."

The LDWF Enforcement Division has stepped up their DWI enforcement efforts in the last decade.  LDWF agents issued 216 DWI citations in 2009 and 158 in 2010, compared to 50 in 2002.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Events, Workshops, Webinars, Internships, Scholarships & Resources

EVENTS

A Message from NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco invites students and educators to join her and thousands of schools and organizations across the country for National Environmental Education Week  (EE Week) "as we engage America's students to learn more about our treasured oceans, coasts and Great Lakes." EE Week is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation and the nation's largest environmental education event. Held each year the week before Earth Day, EE Week inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students by connecting educators with environmental resources to promote students' understanding of the environment. This year, students and teachers will explore our Ocean Connections as part of EE Week's annual theme.

National Environmental Education Week, April 10-16, 2011
In celebration of our 2011 theme, Ocean Connections, we’d like to invite teachers and schools across the country to submit their stories of how they are engaging students in environmental education tied to the ocean. See the attached Success Story Submission Form, and send your story, along with some photos, to eeweek@neefusa.org. We will be sharing stories during EE Week and throughout the year at www.eeweek.org/success and via our monthly e-newsletters and weekly EE Week e-blasts!

 

WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS

Master Naturalist Course Registration (Deadline: April 15)
Mississippi Master Naturalist Program courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from April 28 to June 9. Classes will be held at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center on Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi and various other in-the-field locations. Class enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The course fee is $90, which includes program costs, supplies, course notebook and other educational materials. The program helps participants expand their knowledge of local habitats and identify ways to protect land and water resources. Master Naturalists receive 40 hours of training in natural resource and wildlife management. They also must complete 40 hours of volunteer service to meet certification requirements. To register, contact Chris Boyd, an assistant extension professor who works with Mississippi State University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at (228) 546-1025 or cboyd@ext.msstate.edu. Course fee and application must be received by April 15. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Mississippi State University.

WETSHOP 2011 (Deadline: May 20, 201)
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host its annual one-week teacher training, WETSHOP 2011, from July 10-15, 2011 at the LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA. Teachers are treated to a full week of field experiences to learn more about Louisiana's dynamic wetlands. This is paid summer training with thirty additional paid training hours during the school year. The registration fee is $50. Application Deadline: May 20, 2011. For more information, contact Angela Capello at (318) 748-6999 or acapello@wlf.la.gov

Summer Education Opportunities
Dr. Jessica Kastler will be instructing two of several exciting courses offered by Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab, Summer Field Program. You can learn more at http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/summer_field/2011.summer.field.program.courses.php
Oceanography Course, Second Term, June 29 – July 28, 2011
This course will introduce upper division science majors to physical, chemical, geological and biological oceanography, one of the most highly recruited areas of interest in marine sciences. Prerequisites: College Algebra; one semester chemistry; one semester biology or permission of instructor. Instructor TBA. Marine Science I: Oceanography, COA 300, 300L. Five semester hours undergraduate credit (3/2). Course field fee is $400.
Coastal Marine Geology Course, Fall Mini-Session, August 1-12, 2011
This introductory class discusses basic geological principles required for the understanding of the origins, development and significance of various coastal and near shore environments, processes and landforms. Coastal field trips are planned to illustrate these highly dynamic and ever-changing coastal environments. Prerequisites: Two semesters of science or permission of instructor. Instructors: Dr. Ervin Otvos and Dr. Jessica Kastler. Coastal Marine Geology; COA 409/509. Three semester hours credit. Course field fee is $100.

Upcoming Green Teacher WEBINARS
Announcing new dates for upcoming Green Teacher webinars this Spring. For details and registration, please visit our website at http://greenteacher.com/webinars. These webinars are free of charge, and we hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to explore these current popular topics in environmental learning with us.
1. “Plugged In; But Tuned Out: The Need to Reconnect with Nature” Wednesday March 30, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
In this age of alluring techno-gadgetry we need to be very cautious about maintaining a balance between indoor and outdoor activity. At a time when children's natural curiosity about the outdoors is eclipsed by the demands of busy schedules and the ever-present glow of video screens, schools and outdoor centers may be the only places where kids are encouraged to interact with nature. Kids need to go outside for both learning and play—indeed there is a need for old-fashioned unstructured play in nature – the kind of invented play that “older” folks fondly recall. Presenter: Herb Broda; Age appropriateness: K-12
2. "Shades of Green: Developing Artistic Approaches to Environmental Education" Thursday April 7, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
This webinar explores the emerging field of eco-art education, an integration of art education and environmental education, as a means of helping to develop environmental literacy in students and teachers. Hilary will introduce artwork and artists focusing on environmental issues in Canada and beyond, as well as some of the eco-art work that has been created in Toronto schools in recent years. Participants will be invited to share their own ideas and projects for creative approaches to EE. Presenter: Hilary Inwood; Age appropriateness: K-12
3. “Innovative Curriculum Design for Sustainability” Tuesday April 12, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
Useful to both Pre K-12 Educators and non-formal educators of adults and young people, the main idea of the first part is that thinking drives behavior and behavior causes results. Identifying and naming the changes in thinking required to make the shift toward sustainability is critical to the design of transformative education for sustainability (EfS) experiences. Jaimie will present the “big ideas” that frame EfS, and will then walk participants through the EfS curriculum design and innovation process. Presenter: Jaimie Cloud; Age appropriateness: K-12 (for formal and non-formal educators)
4. “Using the Environment as a Context for Learning in Standards-Based Education Systems” Monday May 2, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
The webinar will discuss the instructional components of the Environment as an Integrating Context (EIC) Model™ that was first developed by the State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER) in 1998. Describing how these practices can help schools meet the academic needs of their students, it will summarize some of the evidence about the educational efficacy of the EIC Model™. Finally, it will provide an overview of SEER’s recent work in helping schools implement the EIC Model™ and briefly discuss how environmental educators can support schools restructure their programs in order to implement an environment-based education program. Presenter: Gerry Lieberman; Age appropriateness: K-12
5. “FROG SONGS: Poetry and Essays, Field Ecology and Entomology” Tuesday May 10, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
A poet’s eye and gift for language is very similar to the detailed observation and ability to communicate complex ideas required of scientists. Learn to use haiku to teach entomology. Learn to use poetry to help students write clearer more exciting essays. This simple set of lesson plans can be used by classroom teachers or informal educators to get students outdoors on a warm spring day to explore the relationships between insects and biodiversity. Come to celebrate the voices of nature and find your voice as a poet. Presenter: Brian Fox Ellis; Age appropriateness: K-12 (for formal and non-formal educators)
6. “Green Craft-Making” Wednesday May 25, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
The why and how of focusing one’s eco-art activities on using natural materials easily found in the outdoors. Presenter: Zabe MacEachren; Age appropriateness: K-12


INTERNSHIPS

Eco-Art Internship, Temporary & Part-Time Position (Deadline: April 15)
Artist Boat will host another Shell Intern this summer. Seeking a motivated, creative, and self-starting student with environmental or art background to deliver Eco-Art Workshops and Adventures to the communities of the Houston/Galveston Region; assist with production of professional development for teachers during the summer; creation of public art, and assist with fulfilling the mission of Artist Boat. Housing is provided and the intern will receive a $2,500 stipend for the 8 weeks of service. Please submit via mail one page resume, two letters of reference, and cover letter to Rani Henderson via mail at 2415 Ave K, Galveston, Texas 77550. Start Date: June 10, 2011 End Date: August 15, 2011 Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2011. Intern job description is attached. For additional information, email info@artistboat.org

NASA Accepting Applications From ‘INSPIRED’ High School Students (Deadline: June 30)
U.S. high school students are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Applications are being accepted through June 30. NASA will make selections for the program in September. The selected students and their parents will participate in an online learning community with opportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers and scientists. The online community also provides appropriate grade-level educational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants to gain exposure to careers and opportunities available at NASA. Students selected for the program also will have the option to compete for unique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2012 at NASA facilities and participating universities. The summer experience provides students with a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers in the STEM disciplines. INSPIRE is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students in the STEM disciplines critical to NASA's missions.
For more information about INSPIRE, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE
To apply for the program, visit: https://inspire.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=login.LoginForm
For information about NASA's education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education


SCHOLARSHIPS

Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: April 30)
The Archie Scholarship is awarded to the most outstanding student who has not previously attended a university. Their curriculum must lead to an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering. The scholarship is in the amount of $6,000 per year and is renewable for up to 4 years provided the student makes satisfactory academic progress. Application can be found at: http://www.spe.org/spe-app/spe/about/foundation/gus_archie.htm. The deadline for application submission is April 30.


RESOURCES

Using the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan as Teaching Points
A New York Times blogger has compiled past New York Times resources on tsunamis and earthquakes, along with links to Internet resources on the topics and information about Japanese history and culture. A separate post has a list of questions that can be used in discussions about the tragedy. To access the related resources, go to www.NYTimes.com/TheLearningNetwork blog or to http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/teaching-ideas-the-earthquake-and-tsunami-in-japan/?ref=education.
U.S. Department of Energy website: http://www.energy.gov
NOAA resources on tsunamis and earthquakes: http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/tsunami.php.
USGS resources on earthquakes: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn.
NSTA news includes quake and tsunami resources:
Earthquakes: The area around Japan is a subduction zone that illustrates the power of tectonic action around the Pacific’s “ring of fire.” A review of what we know about this region can be found at http://scign.jpl.nasa.gov/learn/plate4.htm. For additional related resources cited by NSTA, go to http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=58295.
Tsunamis: A tsunami is a series of ocean waves generated by sudden displacements in the sea floor, landslides, or volcanic activity. In the deep ocean, the tsunami wave may only be a few centimeters high. The tsunami wave may come gently ashore or may increase in height to become a fast moving wall of turbulent water several meters high. Share an animation of the Honshu event March 11 at http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311/.
Radiation:
U.S. Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids: http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=nuclear_home-basics
How Nuclear Radiation Works: http://www.howstuffworks.com/nuclear.htm
Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nuclear-energy-primer
Video explaining issues related to the nuclear reactor in Japan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdbitRlbLDc
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/specials/interactives/_international/nuclear-explainer-video/index.html?SITE=LABAT&SECTION=MULTIMEDIA.

Japan’s Tsunami – Before & After Pictures
The following link offers before and after pictures of the damages in Japan from the March 11, 2011 tsunami. Scroll over each picture from right to left and back to see the changes: http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

Water Plant Challenge
With a growing library of vibrant, awe-inspiring videos, educator lesson plans, and service learning materials, we can encourage students to become engaged and involved in affecting global change. The Gulf Oil Spill has heightened our awareness of the fragile yet dynamic connection between our planet’s water systems and our daily lives from the products we buy to the food we eat to the actions we take each day. Students can affect change and help preserve our planet’s precious water supplies first by becoming aware of their actions and next by getting involved. Help us grow our library of educator resources by sharing your suggestions and ideas to develop this site into an even more robust and interactive destination. Check out our current classroom tools to start encouraging your students to change the world. For more information, visit: http://www.waterplanetchallenge.org/wpc/index.cfm/service-learning/action-guides/

 

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