WEEKLY eNEWS: LEEC EE Symposium, Events, Grants/Scholarships, Contest, Webinar/Workshop, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

2012 Environmental Education Symposium
Exhibitor Registration deadline EXTENDED*!

If your agency/organization has information related to the field of environmental education and you would like to share it with teachers and informal educators, make plans to join us now!
*In order to reserve your spot in our Symposium program, please submit your exhibitor forms by February 1st - - in 5 days!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012.

All Symposium exhibitor forms, registration forms, and related information can be found on our website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium. For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov


Earth Expeditions’ Global Courses (Deadline: January 28)
Applications for Earth Expeditions’ global courses are due Saturday, January 28, 2012, at http://www.earthexpeditions.org/application/2012-field.php. These experiences enable participants to work with some of the leading conservation projects on the planet in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The deadline to apply to the Global Field Program master’s degree based on these courses is also Saturday, January 28 at http://MastersGFP.org.

CPRA Master Plan Predictive Modeling Seminar Series
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana recently released the Draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan for public review and comment. The draft plan is based on a two-year analysis involving some of the state's best scientists as well as national and international specialists. The state used this analysis to select 145 high-performing projects that could deliver measurable benefits to our communities and coastal ecosystem over the coming decades. In order to learn more about the modeling effort used in the development of the draft Master Plan, the CPRA is hosting a Seminar Series on these predictive models. Below is a schedule of events. For more information, click here or contact Mandy Green at mandy.green@la.gov.
Friday, January 27, 2012 – 11:40 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
Louisiana State University Energy, Coast, and Environment Building – Auditorium
Dr. Ehab Meselhe University of Louisiana at Lafayette Eco-Hydrology Model
Dr. Jenneke Visser University of Louisiana at Lafayette Vegetation Model
Friday, February 3, 2012 – 3:00–4:00 p.m.
University of New Orleans Geology and Psychology - Room GP 1000
Dr. Greg Steyer U.S. Geological Survey Wetland Morphology Model
Dr. Ioannis Georgiou University of New Orleans Barrier Shoreline Morphology Model
Thursday, February 23, 2012 – 12:00–1:00 p.m.
McNeese University Holbrook Student Union - La Jeunesse Room Old Ranch
Dr. Andy Nyman Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter Fish & Wildlife Habitat Suitability Indices
Friday, March 2, 2012 – 10:00–11:00 a.m.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Abdalla Hall - Auditorium
Hugh Roberts, PE Arcadis Storm Surge and Wave Model
Dr. Jordan Fischbach RAND Corp. Risk Assessment (Storm Damage) Model


Buick Achievers Scholarship Program (Deadline: February 29)
Buick and the GM Foundation announced the launch of the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program for the 2012-13 school year. The program has expanded this year to include current undergraduate students, as well as high school seniors and graduates. The move is intended to address high drop-out rates for students unable to complete their academic goals due to financial concerns. It also helps to identify college students who have had more time to develop interests in majors covered by the program including science, technology, engineering and design, along with other areas of expertise essential to strengthening our nation’s manufacturing workforce talent. This scholarship, funded by the GM Foundation, is designed to help students who are leaders in both the classroom and their communities, but who may not have the financial means to attend college.
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will award: Up to $25,000 per year for 100 students – AND – $2,000 one time awards for 1,000 students
More details about the scholarship program, eligibility rules and selection criteria can be found at www.buickachievers.com. A pdf is available for download and printing at buickachievers.com/flier. Applications for the 2012 Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will be accepted online at www.buickachievers.com until February 29, 2012.

Audubon Fellowships for US Conservation Projects (Deadline: March 5)
National Audubon Society is currently accepting applications for the TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellowship Program – a program that focuses on nurturing environmental leaders across the U.S. The program will offer forty (40) $10,000 fellowships in 2012. TogetherGreen Fellows should have strong leadership skills, an interest in designing and completing a Conservation Action Project, and a shared passion for learning, achieving results, and empowering others. TogetherGreen Fellows will come from a variety of backgrounds, including the arts, education, communication, policy, science, research, and business. One of the goals of our program is to support projects that engage audiences traditionally underrepresented in the conservation movement. Applications are due March 5, 2012. All application materials can be found online at www.togethergreen.org/fellows.

Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy (June 10-13)
Attached is a brochure for the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy June 10-13, 2012. Nominations are being accepted to award a deserving girl for this enriching experience. Keynote at closing ceremonies will be Diem Brown, an MTV reality star who overcame immense odds in a crisis of health. For more information and to read about the numerous public servant celebrities who will also be a part of this year’s event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Girls-Leadership-Academy/120576218063999 or http://www.nicholls.edu/lcwg/louisiana-girls-leadership-academ/


'Films for the Forest' 3rd Annual Short Film Contest (Deadline: Extension - February 10)
For guidelines, registration, and more information, visit:  www.FilmsForTheForest.org. Winning shorts will be shown during Community Screenings at the SXSW Film Festival - March 12, 2012.


Deepwater Horizon Education Program - Web Stream January 28, 2011 (9-11 a.m.)
This program is a collaboration of numerous partners across the four Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted U.S. Gulf states.  A two-hour live videoconference will connect 10 locations with researchers and educators in a professional development program that involves presentations, question/answer session, activity related to the programs, and resource identification. Speakers with follow-up Q&A will rotate between each of the four states. Educators and the general public are invited to watch the presentations between 9am CST and 11am CST. 
Host sites in each state include:
          Alabama: Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL 
          Florida: FL-IFAS Santa Rosa Sea Grant Extension, Milton, Florida
          Louisiana: Louisiana State University, Sea Grant, Baton Rouge, LA
          Mississippi: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies & the Mississippi Dept of Marine Resources, Biloxi, MS
Presentations Include:
          9:00 a.m.    Oil Pollution 101, Dr. Julia Lytle, USM
          9:30 a.m.    Oil Impacts to Birds, Dr. Mark Woodry, MS Grand Bay Research Reserve, MSU
          10:00 a.m.  Toxicity Risk, Bioavailability, and Biodegration of Oil, Dr. Richard Snyder, UWF
          10:30 a.m.  Dispersants, Dr. Julie Anderson, Louisiana State University – Louisiana Sea Grant
Register online http://bit.ly/znZQdj. To obtain copies of presentations, resources, and materials related to this program please visit: www.gulfallianceeducation.org/OilSpill_Prof_Develop.php. Funds for this program are provided by the NOAA Office of Education.

Workshop Announcement: Advanced Plant Identification- Grasses of Coastal Mississippi  (March 26-27, 8:30 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.)
The Advanced Plant Identification workshop will focus on grasses common to Coastal Mississippi that commonly challenge even seasoned botanists and natural resource managers’ identification skills. Dr. Robert Mohlenbrock has spent years perfecting plant identification techniques that, based on a few visual and physical characteristics (other than leaves and flowers), will allow quick identification of these plants in the field. Registrants must have previously attended Dr. Mohlenbrock's Wetland Plant Identification workshop through the Grand Bay NERR Coastal Training Program in both the Spring and Fall -OR- Registrants must have equivalent (and verifiable) knowledge and experience. The fee for this event is $225.00 per person. This includes all course materials and transportation to field sites.


Ask a Scientist-Engineer Program
Ask a Scientist-Engineer program invites teachers and students to submit STEM-related questions and receive answers from EnergySolutions scientists and engineers from across the country. Educators can use this as a way to engage in dialogue with a subject matter expert to the benefit of an upcoming subject, etc. This program is a great resource for students who:
          • Are exploring career options in the science and engineering field
          • Would like to hear an energy professional’s opinion about energy-related issues
          • Would like to hear from a subject matter expert on any science or engineering discipline
          • Could use some feedback or advice on a science fair project
Students and teachers are invited to submit questions at http://energysolutionsfoundation.org. Attached is a flyer to share with students and colleagues.

CWPPRA Release New Hydrologic Restoration Video
Watch the new 10 minute film that highlights CWPPRA’s efforts in protecting and restoring Louisiana’s freshwater marshes through hydrologic restoration. The film titled “Returning Marshlands to Magnificent Life” can be accessed in two ways. It is available at www.LaCoast.gov (on the front page) or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/CWPPRAclips?feature=watch. The film is a creation of Mind’s Eye Productions and is the third video in the “Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration Efforts” series designed by the CWPPRA Public Outreach Committee. For more information about Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts through CWPPRA, visit the web at www.LaCoast.gov.


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 Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec