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Teacher EXPO at the Aquatic Sciences Meeting

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (New Orleans, LA)

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) invites you to a Teacher EXPO on Thursday February 21, 2013 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Scientists want to learn how to communicate their research into information useful to teachers. Teachers want experiences working with scientists to learn about current ideas in aquatic sciences. Almost 2000 aquatic scientists will be in New Orleans and would like to share their knowledge and interest in aquatic sciences with local New Orleans-area teachers. 

Scientists will present four 15-minute introductory talks for teachers on topics such as ocean acidification, chemical pollutants and phytoplankton; scientist ‘mentors’ will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss current water issues and show you relevant scientific posters; aquatic scientists and educators will provide hands-on activities and resources for your classroom; and you are welcome to explore the Oceanographic Research Vessel Pelican

Schedule for Thursday, February 21, 2013

4:00-5:00   4 Mini-Lectures on Freshwater and Marine Science topics (snacks provided)
5:00     Student Art Competition Winners will be announced   
5:00-5:30   Teacher Mentors meet with teachers and explore the poster hall
5:30-7:00    Teachers can visit Resource Roundtables where scientists and education groups share hands-on activities and other resources with teachers
7:00       Reception and Tour of R/V Pelican

Teachers receive FREE admission to the Expo, but need to register in order to get a badge for the day http://aslo.org/neworleans2013/start_process.html

If you want to attend the entire 5-day (Feb 17-22) conference, the reduced registration fee is only $100 for teachers.

School classes will have the chance to explore the R/V Pelican and participate in hands-on activities aboard the ship anytime from 8:00 am until 2:30 pm.  http://www.aslo.org/neworleans2013/pelican.html

Other students and parents may tour the Pelican from 2:30 pm until 6:30 pm. Please contact Murt Conover of LUMCON, mconover@lumcon.edu or 985-851-2860 if you would like to arrange a classroom visit.

Mini-lecturers Needed

If you would like to offer a mini-lecture for teachers, please contact bob.chen@umb.edu.

Aquatic Science Education Resource Tables

Scientists (broader impacts), curriculum developers, and educators are invited to share their limnology and oceanography educational resources. If you would like to present your educational materials at a resource table, ASLO is happy to offer a complimentary table. Please indicate your interest by completing the exhibitor registration form or contact bob.chen@umb.edu. There is no charge, but you must make arrangements in advance of the meeting.

ASLO 2013 Mentoring Program

ASLO will offer a mentoring program at the Aquatic Sciences Meeting in New Orleans. Designed for novice meeting attendees, students, or early career scientists, mentees will be matched one-on-one with an experienced scientist who can help mentees navigate the meeting.

Direct Link to Registration: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/38FCJH2

If you have questions about this Meeting Mentoring Program, please contact Adrian Marchetti at amarchet@email.unc.edu.

Please note that there are two other mentoring programs: One for Teacher Mentors at the Teacher EXPO on Thursday, February 21, 2013 (contact bob.chen@umb.edu), and one for Meeting Mentors for the ASLO Multicultural Program (contact benjamin.cuker@hamptonu.edu).