WEEKLY eNEWS: Grants, Scholarships, Events, Workshops/Webinars, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

 

GRANTS

Small Grant Announcement - Region 6 EPA (Deadline: September 1)
The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from the US EPA to administer a small grant program throughout EPA Region 6. EEANM is partnering with the Texas Association for Environmental Education, the Louisiana Environmental Education Association, the Arkansas Environmental Education Association, the Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education, and the Albert I Pierce Foundation to solicit proposals for projects that meet state association priorities. Projects may include professional development, student projects, or statewide capacity building for delivering environmental education. Each state association will provide a team of reviewers to select projects for awards up to $5,000. At least 19 grants will be funded throughout the five-state region. The deadline for applications is September 1. The projects will be selected by December 2012. The grant period is one year. The Request for Proposals, the Grant Application, and a Press Release are attached and available at http://eeanm.org/small_grant_program.html.

My Air, My Health Challenge from HHS and EPA (Deadline: October 5)
The My Air, My Health competition asks participants to create a personal sensor system that measures air pollution and a person’s physiological response to it. The competition will offer cash awards to finalists. The goal is to help researchers, communities, and physicians better understand the connection between air quality and health. A total of $160,000 in prizes will be awarded. Four finalists will receive $15,000. One finalist will receive $100,000 for the most effective solution! Submissions are due October 5, 2012. Details and entry information available at the links below:
Press release announcing the competition: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2012/niehs-06.htm
Challenge details: http://challenge.gov/HHS/372-my-air-my-health-challenge
Informational webinar: http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/my-air-my-health-an-epahhs-challenge/
Enter a submission: www.innocentive.com

Southeast Environmental Education Alliance Mini Grant Program - Request for Proposals Now Open (Deadline: November 1)
The Southeast Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) is partnering with the professional environmental education associations across the southeast to provide small grants in support of programs and projects that support and advance environmental education (EE) and environmental literacy in the region. Grant requests must not exceed $5,000 and require a non-federal match of 25% of the total project cost. Proposals may be submitted electronically to director@kaee.org  by November 1, 2012.  Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.  For the full RFP and application, visit www.kaee.org/grants/.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

2012 Oceanic Research Group Marine Scholarship (Deadline: October 1)
The Oceanic Research Group is accepting applications for the 2012 Oceanic Research Group Marine Scholarship. Undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year or graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 and demonstrated financial need are eligible for the scholarship. Students must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited United States college or university for the 2012 fall term with a marine-related major. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2012. The $1000 Marine Scholarship will be awarded in late 2012. To learn more about the application process, visit: http://www.oceanicresearch.org/scholarship/scholarship.htm.

 

EVENTS

CPEX's Smart Growth Summit (August 27-29)
Join CPEX for their seventh Smart Growth summit at the Shaw Center for the Arts Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge. The summit will cover topics such as parks and greenways, bike Infrastructure, art for revitalization, financing, water management, neighborhood redevelopment, transit and housing investments, coastal communities, communications, green building, planning in rural communities and economic development. Speakers will include Mitchell J. Silver, Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer for the City of Raleigh, urban designer Victor Dover, Robert Grow, pioneer in regional visioning, and Greg LeRoy, director of Good Jobs First. Continuing education credits for attorneys as well as self-reporting credits for planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and realtors, will be offered. For more information and registration, visit: http://summit.cpex.org.

Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy (CNREP) Announces First Call for Abstracts (Deadline: November 12)
CNREP is announcing a call for abstracts for: CNREP 2013: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The conference will be held March 24-26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research in the development and evaluation of coastal resource restoration and management. Potential session topics include market and nonmarket valuation of ecosystem services and coastal resources, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling, and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy. Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome. Deadline for abstract submission: November 12, 2012. Call for abstracts available at: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu. CNREP information: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/AboutCNREP.html. For more information, contact: Rex H. Caffey, Professor and Director, CNREP, Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter, 225-578-2393, rcaffey@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

US Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center - Supervising Young Adults in Conservation archived webinar course code: OUT8045. http://www.doi.gov/doilearn/index.cfm. This and other webinars are available to non-governmental employees.

Workshops on Estuaries and Watersheds
Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources 2012 Teacher Professional Development. Estuaries 101 September 27-28, 2012 and Watersheds October 11-12, 2012. Contact Shelia.brown@eagles.usm.eduor rick.ranew@dmr.ms.govfor more information.

OneNOAA Science Seminars: August 2012
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
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Date/ Time:        August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location:              NOAACoastal Services Center (remote access only)
Speaker(s):         Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAACoastal Services Center

Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
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Date/Time:         August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location:              NOAA SSMC-4Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s):         Dr. Don Scavia(Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
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Date/Time:         August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone
Location:              Webinar access only
Speaker(s):         ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:      NOAANODCNCDDC

How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
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Date/ Time:        August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location:              NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s):         Shellie Jacobson(Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne(Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
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Date/ Time:        August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone
Location:              Webinar access only
Speaker(s):         ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAANODCNCDDC

E-reader Access: Making NOAA Technical Memoranda Available on Mobile Devices
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Date/ Time:        Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 12:00 - 1:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location:              NOAA SSMC-4Room 8150, (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s):         Shellie Jacobson, Intern, NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) and Rebecca Wynne, Communications and Marketing Specialist, CCMA
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: The NOS Science Seminar Series and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)

 

RESOURCES

Drought Monitor
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
Includes forecasts, maps, statistics, animations and other useful information.

Earth Gauge Visuals & Videos
http://www.earthgauge.net/environment/environment-video
Earth Gauge visuals and video clips may be freely used on-air, online, in community outreach and in educational settings. Include information on wetlands, fertilizer, water use, and more.

Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation
http://www.stormsurge.noaa.gov/
New NOAA storm surge website provides comprehensive information on topic.

 

LANGIAPPE

Scope-On-A-Rope Survey & Updates (Deadline: August 17)
LSU's Scope-On-A-Rope Program needs your help! They would like to know how to better serve hard-working teachers and to keep up with the latest technology. Please click on the link below to fill out a short survey to help them determine the future of this program. EVERY participant will receive a free color printed curriculum booklet of choice, and entered to win one of three Dlite USB microscopes! Responses are due by Friday, August 17th. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Scope-On-A-Rope
SOAR Program Updates:
1. The LSU Scope-On-A-Rope Program has moved to the Cain Center, in 252 Hatcher Hall. The mailing address is College of Science, 336 Hatcher Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
2. Scopes are still available for loan and the program offers FREE professional development workshops on ANY type of video microscope. Email soar@lsu.eduif you are interested in participating in this program.
3. You can continue to contact the Program Coordinator, Adrienne Steele (formerly A. Lopez), at alopez@lsu.eduor at the new SOAR email address: soar@lsu.edu. The phone number is the same: 225-578-3080.

New “Magic School Bus” Book Explores Diesel Emissions
EPA, in collaboration with Scholastic, has created a new book in the popular "Magic School Bus" series for children. In "The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up," the children and their teacher, Ms. Frizzle, explore the pollution emitted from their own diesel school bus and learn how to reduce emissions as they travel through the diesel engine. Quantities are limited due to the popularity of the book and available in both English and Spanish versions. Individuals, schools and libraries may order one copy each at no charge. Non-profit organizations and state and local governments working on diesel and clean air education may request more. (Approval is on a case-by-case basis.) For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/sector-programs/msb-book.htm

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/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec