Successful Doctoral Dissertation Defense
Congratulations to Amy Edwards, NOAA-ECSC Ph.D. Candidate. She is now Dr. Amy Edwards after successfully defending her dissertation entitled, Geochemistry of Nutrients and Metals in Silvicultural and Sinkhole Wetlands, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 4pm.
Watch the defense >> Video
ECSC Graduate Students Win NOAA EPP Awards
Four NOAA-ECSC students, out of over 150 presenters from throughout the United States, received awards for exceptional oral and poster presentations. Congratulations to Monica Delgado, Elena Kobrinski, and Mayra Lopez for receiving oral presentation awards, as well as Alan Kneidel for receiving a poster presentation award. Read more >>
On Monday, September 8, 2014, NOAA-ECSC Director, Dr. Michael Abazinge held a Center-wide meeting welcoming all new and current NOAA-ECSC students, staff, and faculty. A video of the Welcome Address and NOAA-ECSC 101 are available. To view these videos, see the links below.
WELCOME ADDRESS (Video)
NOAA ECSC 101 (Video)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) mission is to train a new generation of environmental scientists in NOAA-related sciences, particularly from under-represented minority groups, and to develop the natural and social science tools for integrated assessments of ecosystem health in support of coastal environmental decision making. Read more >>
The Educational Partnership Program of NOAA’s Office of Education funds the NOAA-ECSC. The Center has made numerous notable accomplishments in postsecondary education, outreach and K-12 education, as well as research and management. Here are a few achievements:
- Over 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students trained in NOAA-related sciences.
- 210 students graduated to date in NOAA core science areas (35 Ph.D., 57 M.S., 4 M.A., 103 B.S., 10 J.D., 1 B.A.) with additional students currently in the pipeline.
- Over 600 students per year complete courses taught by ECSC faculty in NOAA-mission relevant fields at partner institutions .
- A peer-reviewed, post-secondary lecture series in Introductory Oceanography, based on the Ocean Science Concept-driven Interactive (OSCI) teaching model. http://www.aslo.org/lectures/fundamentals.html
- Over 242 peer-reviewed scientific and technical publications in NOAA-related sciences by ECSC faculty and students
- Over $86,000,000 in additional grants and contracts leveraged over NOAA EPP base funding.
2015 Internship Opportunities for NOAA-ECSC Students
2015 Employment and Advanced Degree Opportunities
ECSC Students and Faculty Present at the 2014 NOAA EPP Education and Science Forum
Over 35 NOAA-ECSC students and 7 faculty participated in the NOAA Educational Partnership Program 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum held at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. The forum focused on "Developing a premiere future STEM workforce to support environmental sustainability. Several NOAA-ECSC students and faculty delivered oral and poster presentation to the forum attendees. Read more >>
See the Latest NOAA ECSC Webinars:
"What's mappening: Applying skills acquired from an internship aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer" was presented by Rebekah Rodriguez (University of Texas-Brownsville), NOAA-ECSC M.S. student on November 12, 2014. Watch >> Video
"White House Council on Environmental Quality Internship Experience" was presented by Krystal Pree (FAMU), NOAA-ECSC Ph.D. student on October 15, 2014. Watch >> Video
Kayann Chambers, an NOAA-ECSC, J.D. candidate, at Florida A&M University College of Law, earned the opportunity to intern with NOAA’s, National Interest Team this past summer, 2014. The internship was facilitated by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) in Silver Spring, Maryland and headed by Kerry Kehoe and Jackie Rolleri, two Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) researcher specialists in federal/state coordination. She spent her first few weeks at the OCRM gaining a greater understanding of the CZMA. The following weeks, she assisted members of the OCRM National Interest Team with the development of an annotation to the Federal Consistency regulations. The creation of the annotation was an important assignment because since the Coastal Zone Management Act were first promulgated; there have been numerous interpretations and applications of these rules, which have become the basis for policy decisions by NOAA. Compiling and formatting these rule interpretations into a useful reference served as a great benefit to NOAA’s Ocean coastal resource management, the Office of General Counsel, the federal and state partner agencies and the legal community. She was also assigned to develop a legal memorandum, analyzing whether and when both the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act would apply to the domestic implementation of measures agreed to by the United States as a participant in the International Maritime Organization. This aspect of the internship was coordinated with the International Section of the NOAA Office of General Counsel. Additionally, her supervisors coordinated an invaluable judicial experience, where she sat in on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. In the later part of the internship, she attended Capitol Hill Ocean Week, where she witnessed a diverse spectrum of ocean science, management expertise, stakeholders and policy makers discuss, political influences affecting our oceans and marine resources.
With this internship she was able to contribute to the agency mission while developing into a sound young lawyer understanding the interplay of federal regulations and state responses; an experience that she wouldn’t have been afforded if it wasn’t for NOAA-ECSC. So, she thanks the NOAA-ESCS for the incredible opportunity to intern in Maryland at the OCRM office!
On Sunday September 21, 2014, Florida A&M University students made history by participating in the People’s Climate March in New York City. Fueled by the support of the university, their desire for immediate change, and concern for future generations, they flooded the streets in peaceful protest with 1000+ organizations, totaling over 310,000 people. They rallied alongside other HBCUs such as Spelman, Howard, Texas Southern, Lincoln, Xavier, Clark, and Dillard, and as a unit, demanded that their voices be heard. They spoke out against industries that propel climate change by using “dirty” practices as well as climate injustice. They were some of the few minorities in attendance at the march, and their goal was to represent the underserved and underrepresented communities who are impacted the most by global warming. Chanting “This is my people’s territory!” they made it clear that their communities were no longer interested in being passive spectators of the destruction of the environment. This was a great way to start off the school year and catalyze FAMU’s sustainable transformation.
Congratulations to ECSC senior environmental science student, Jamila Tull. She was awarded a great opportunity to intern at NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in San Francisco as a part of the NOAA EPP Scholarship. Jamila worked under lead researcher, Jan Roletto, to develop a short film of deep-sea corals and sponges, and to develop a web-based Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN) which allows the general public to have access to footage from deep-sea explorations and sample-collecting cruises. Her film was shown at the NOAA Student symposium and Jamila hopes to present her work in future conferences.
NOAA ECSC Hosts a Pair of Workshops by National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Scientists on “Bioindicators of Ecosystem Health”
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, September 9-12, 2014
Univeristy of Texas-Brownsville, Brownsville, TX, September 15-17, 2014
Drs. Lonnie Golsalves and Gretchen Messick from the NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (Oxford, MD) facilitated two “Bioindicators of Ecosystem Health” workshops for ECSC students and faculty. The first workshop took place September 9-11, 2014, in Tallahassee, Florida, at Florida A&M University (FAMU), and the second was September 15-17, 2014, at the University of Texas-Brownsville (UTB). These workshops highlighted specific protocols and analysis tools used by NCCOS scientists to assess ecosystem health. These tools focus on using indicators of organismal well-being to estimate population-level health, habitat quality, and ecosystem change in response to environmental factors. As proposed, the workshop will encompass 1) field sampling of live organisms and health observations, 2) lab-based techniques to assess animal health, and 3) incorporation of bioindicators into biogeographic assessments and modeling. The learning objectives for these workshops are as follows:
- Increase student knowledge of bioindicators used in NCCOS programs to characterize ecosystem health. Focus on living resources and observations of gross pathology, histopathology, disease markers, biochemical and molecular techniques, and ecotoxicology
- Improve student understanding of how to incorporate these techniques into ecosystem characterization and ecological processes. In addition, provide real examples of how NCCOS incorporates bioindicators into biogeographic, forecasting/modeling, and ecosystem services data products
- Promote the transfer of NCCOS technology/capabilities to ECSC students/faculty for use during ongoing and future research initiatives
Special guest speakers for the 2014 Bioindicators Workshop included:
- Dr. Paul Montagna (ECSC Institutional Lead, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)
- Dr. John Schalles, (ECSC Institutional Lead, Creighton University)
2014 Bioindicators Workshop Photos
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