WEEKLY eNEWS: LEEC GRANT WINNERS! Plus…Events, Grants/Scholarships, Webinars, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

LEEC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

The LEEC is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Environmental Education Grants! Please see the attached summary. We would like to sincerely thank all who applied. The creative talents and willingness to incorporate environmental education initiatives throughout Louisiana came through on the many applications! Congratulations to all of our winners!


EVENTS

10TH Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest – POSTMARK DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 26!
It’s not too late to enter! The La Environmental Education Commission, La Dept. of Wildlife &  Fisheries, and contest sponsor, Alcoa Foundation, invite students to participate in the 10th Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest. Louisiana students, ages 5-18, may enter their original work in the art category and/or the language arts category. Contest theme: "Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!" This theme can be used to introduce water sustainability initiatives in classrooms, educating students on how they can incorporate the protection, conservation, and enjoyment of water in their daily lives. Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar and are distributed statewide. Winning artwork is placed on billboards throughout the state and the poems and essays are published in large circulation newspapers. Cash prizes are also awarded! In addition, winning students are honored with a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. All submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, April 26th. For more information, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124. Contest criteria/registration form is attached.

LA New Orleans' Audubon Zoo - Zoo-To-Do for Kids
Friday, April 27, 2012, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Zoo-To-Do for Kids is New Orleans’s premier benefit event for children of all ages where Audubon Zoo is transformed into a magical play land. Live entertainment, face painters, musical performances, sports and cheerleading clinics, strolling performers, arcade games, inflatables, crafts and a video game center. To purchase tickets: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/ztdk?utm_source=ZTDK-ZTD-Raffle+4-2012&utm_campaign=ZTDK+email+4-2012&utm_medium=email

LATM/LSTA Joint Math and Science Conference
Proposals for the LATM/LSTA Joint Math and Science Conference are now being accepted for short courses (extended sessions) and one hour (concurrent) sessions. Visit http://lamath.org/conference2012/ to submit your presentation proposal online.


GRANTS / SCHOLARSHIPS

Cox Charities of New Orleans - Greater New Orleans Foundation (Deadline: May 16)
An advisory committee of business and civic leaders will meet to review grant requests for youth and education programs. The Committee will recommend grants from $500- $2,500. Only one application per organization will be accepted. The Fund will support nonprofit organizations in the Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Bernard parishes and provide the following types of funding:
        • Grant requests that support new, creative or beneficial programs in the area of youth and education.
        • The target population to be served is: children ages 7 through 18.
Organizations applying for grants should complete the Grant Proposal Summary sheet: Cox Charities of New Orleans Grant Application
Applications must be typed and no faxed applications will be accepted. Applicants should submit one original of their completed proposal (including supporting material) via email to: grants@gnof.org. Grant requests should be received by 5:00 pm on the deadline date: Deadline Date: May 16, 2012 Notification Dates: July, 2012
For more information: http://www.gnof.org/cox-charities-of-new-orleans/

DCMC: Announcing the 2012-13 $2,500 MASNA Undergraduate & Graduate Student Scholarships (Deadline: June 22)
The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) is proud to present the 2012–2013 MASNA Student Scholarships. Click here to download the application. Two scholarships available; one for college undergraduate students and one for college graduate students. The $2,500 MASNA Undergraduate Student Scholarship is sponsored by EcoTech Marine and the $2,500 MASNA Graduate Student Scholarship is sponsored by Doctors Foster & Smith LiveAquaria.com. The deadline for submission is June 22, 2012. Eligibility requirements, application, and additional information and the application form can be found here: http://www.MASNA.org/AboutMASNA/MASNAScholarship.aspx
Additional information about MASNA can be found here: http://www.MASNA.org/AboutMASNA.aspx


WEBINARS

OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are free and open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. New seminars listed below. Click on seminar title to access full details.
Apr 26: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: ISO Creation Methods; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 26: Spatial Statistical Models for Stream Networks; Speaker(s): Dr. Jay Ver Hoef (NMML), Dr. Erin Peterson (CSIRO), Dr. Dan Isaak (U.S. Forest Service); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 27: Atmospheric Turbulence and Geographic Diversity in Wind-powered Electricity Generation; Speaker(s): Mark Handschy, Ph.D. (Enduring Energy, LLC); Location: David Skaggs Research Center, Room GC402 (325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 27: Sensitivity of Water Resources of Pacific Atolls to Climate Variability and Change; Speaker(s): Christopher de Freitas (University of Auckland); Location: NOAA SSMC-2 Room 14246 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 27: Assessing Short-term Human Health Impacts of Changed Climate Conditions; Speaker(s): Elena Grigoreva (Russian Academy of Sciences); Location: David Skaggs Research Center, Room GC402 (325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
OneNOAA Science Seminars: May 2012
May 02: Background Ozone over the United States in 1980-2010: Origin, Extremes and Long-Term Changes; Speaker(s): Meiyun Lin (Princeton University & NOAA GFDL); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO. Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 03: Density Dependence, The Theory of Harvesting, and the Practice of Stock Assessment: A Perspective On Steepness and Its Implications; Speaker(s): Dr. Marc Mangel (UC Santa Cruz); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 08: Estimation of Linear Observation Impact and Its Applications; Speaker(s): Toshiyuki Ishibashi (Meteorological Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan); Location: NOAA World Weather Building Room 707 (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 10: Nature of, by, and for the People?; Speaker(s): Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus (Managing Director, Natural Capital Project); Location:NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 10: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room. (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 15: Shifting Climate, Altered Niche, and a Dynamic Conservation Strategy for Yellow-Cedar in the North Pacific Coastal Rainforest; Speaker(s): Paul Hennon, David D'Amore, Paul Schaberg, Dustin Wittwer, Colin Shanley (US Forest Service); Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 17: Resource Rents, Inframarginal Rents and the Transition to Property Rights in a Common Pool Resource ; Speaker(s): Dr. Chris Costello (Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 23: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species: Marine Species Preparations for the Next Conference of the Parties; Speaker(s): Dr. Dwayne Meadows (NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources); Location: NOAA SSMC-4, Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 23: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Associated With Oil and Natural Gas Operations in Colorado and Utah: Regional Characteristics and Potential Atmospheric Impacts; Speaker(s):Jessica Gilman (NOAA ESRL CSD & CU CIRES); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Linking Swimming Performance to Population Processes in Coastal Fishes; Speaker(s): Dr. Todd Anderson (San Diego State University); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Reference Points and the Ecosystem Approach: New Concepts for Old Tools and Old Tools for New Concepts; Speaker(s): Dr. Jake Rice (Canada DFO); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Auditorium (2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar


RESOURCES

The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media - Videos Probe Climate Change/Extreme Weather Puzzles
This month’s ‘This Is Not Cool’ video explores the climate change/weather relationship and points to important new research on a confounding climate change issue at a time of wave after wave of extreme weather events across America, Asia, and Europe. http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2012/04/videos-probe-climate-changeextreme-weather-puzzles/
Weird Weather two-part series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-1iBHAivmw

Breaking News from the White House on Environmental Ed
At the first-ever White House Summit on Environmental Education, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the formation of an interagency task force on Environmental Education, to be co-led by EPA and the U.S. Departments of Education and Interior. Many in the environmental education community—including hundreds of members of the national No Child Left Inside Coalition—have previously encouraged the Administration to create such a taskforce, particularly in light of budget cuts to key federal environmental education programs in fiscal year 2013. Administrator Jackson also committed $5 million in EPA funds for environmental education in next year’s budget, to include money for teacher professional development, grants to schools, and funding for the National Environmental Education Foundation.

 

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/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec