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Ocean Acidification Program News

Announcing fellowship to build ocean acidification workforce

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The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) announces a fellowship that will provide an immersive, real-world learning opportunity while also helping build diversity within the field of ocean and coastal acidification (OCA). This fellowship intends to build on the activities outlined in the MACAN 2022-2024 Workplan. This fellowship is designed to first advance OCA education in formal, standards-based, classroom settings in Virginia Public Schools and eventually other Mid-Atlantic states. The long-term goal is that the OCA curriculum expanded through this fellowship opportunity will also provide a model for public school science curriculum across the United States. The student will interact with one or more mentors to learn about the fundamentals of OCA science, policy, industry, education, and outreach.

Read here for the full announcement.

This fellowship program is open to US Citizens. Students enrolled in Virginia colleges or graduate schools or teachers employed in the State of Virginia will be given priority due to their familiarity with the school system and educational needs and methods and proximity to the primary mentors (located in Gloucester Point, VA); the next priority will be residents of the Mid-Atlantic region.

This fellowship program will be open to those that identify as part of an underrepresented group as defined by NOAA, which could include but is not limited to:

  • Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons
  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 
  • Other persons of color 
  • Members of religious minorities 
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Persons who live in rural areas 
  • Persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality

Applicants must also be:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university (graduation could occur before the termination of the project/contract);
  • Non-students are also eligible to apply and will be asked to provide final transcripts showing completion of their degree in a related field of study;
  • Must be able to travel, especially during the summer 2025;
  • Applicant must be United States citizens with preference given to residents of the Mid-Atlantic;
  • Applicant must be able to devote, on average, at least eight hours per week to fellowship activities as listed in the scope of work;
  • Preference will be given to students or professionals in Virginia with backgrounds in science teaching and education.

Applications are due by June 30th at 11:59 pm, 2024.
Applicants will be notified by August 1st, 2024, with a start date of September 2nd, 2024

Get the application and more information here

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Make energy-efficient choices for your appliances and lighting. Heat and cool efficiently! Change your air filters and program your thermostat, seal and insulate your home, and support clean energy sources

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You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Work with informal educators, such as aquarium outreach programs and local non-profits, to teach the public about ocean acidification. Visit our Education & Outreach page to find the newest tools!
  2. Participate in habitat restoration efforts to restore habitats that help mitigate the effects of coastal acidification
  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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