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Rhode Island Sea Grant Extension Director Awarded for International Outreach Efforts in Marine Planning
NARRAGANSETT—Rhode Island Sea Grant is pleased to announce that Extension Director Jennifer McCann was recognized by the Northeast Regional Sea Grant Consortium for her work in training practitioners locally, throughout the U.S., and around the world in marine spatial planning.
McCann received the region's individual award for "Outstanding Outreach Achievement" at the consortium's meeting on November 18 in New Bedford, Mass.
Rick DeVoe, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium director, nominated McCann for the award. He cited her work in not only helping to create the R.I. Ocean Special Area Management Plan, but also bringing lessons learned from that project to practitioners in the U.S. and around the world at the 2012 Baird Symposium on International Marine Spatial Planning. That symposium was a first step toward developing an international community of marine spatial planners, which McCann has supported through a series of communications efforts, including a blog, a video series, and a practitioners guide.
"What is so valuable about McCann's program is that it not only addresses the needs of practitioners today, but it is actively working to build tomorrow's ocean leaders," DeVoe wrote.
An extensive survey after the symposium showed that McCann's efforts are paying off. All respondents reported being more inspired and/or empowered to advance their MSP effort after attending the symposium, and a third reported concrete gains, such as engaging stakeholders with more confidence and success, and making a greater effort to gain political support for their projects. Over half of respondents have focused more attention on identifying and defining key drivers and issues.
DeVoe wrote that he sought out McCann in order to strategize MSP opportunities for the South Carolina Sea Grant program and the South Atlantic Alliance. McCann has also provided tailored MSP technical assistance to the Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, and New York Sea Grant programs.
More information is available at: http://www.seagrant.unh.edu/sites/seagrant.unh.edu/files/media/pdfs/Miscellaneous/Finalists/mccann-ind-mairnespacialplanning.pdf.
Group award recognizes regional assistance to lobstermen
Date: Monday December 9th, 2013
Please join us for the next public stakeholder meeting of the RI Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP)
This is an open event, so please share this invitation with anyone you believe would be interested. Pizza and refreshments will be served prior to the meeting. RSVPs are required; please email beachSAMP@etal.uri.edu.
If you have any questions concerning this effort, please contact Michelle Carnevale at URI at (401) 874-6493 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can not attend this meeting but would like to stay involved, join the Beach SAMP List Serve at http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/coast/beachsamp.html.
This project is supported by funding from the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team, Rhode Island Sea Grant, URI Coastal Institute and the Rhode Island Foundation.
Rhode Island Sea Grant is one of 32 programs that make up the National Sea Grant College Program, a part of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. To learn more about Rhode Island Sea Grant, please visit http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu.
This internship offers students the opportunity to develop their writing portfolios by providing in-depth stories to be published in our biannual magazine, 41°N, as well as other media outlets. (See http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/41N.)
Hours: Approximately 10 hours/week; hourly rate is $7.75 to $8.45/hour (based on experience)
Location: This position will be located at Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett Bay Campus.
Contact Info: Please contact Monica Allard Cox at email@example.com or (401) 874-6937 for more details.
To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to Monica Allard Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce Corliss has announced the appointment of Professor Dennis Nixon as Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program following an internal search within URI this spring. Dennis is a Professor of Marine Affairs in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences and has served as Associate Dean for Research and Administration at GSO since 2009. Prior to that, he served for 8 years as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. He has been a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island for the past 37 years, teaching courses in the area of marine and coastal law. He is the author of over 50 articles and the casebook Marine and Coastal Law, first published in 1994 and released in a second edition in 2010. He was the co-founder of the very successful joint-degree program in Marine Affairs and Law with the Roger Williams University Law School. He is also the legal advisor and risk manager for the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System, funded by the National Science Foundation, providing advice to all of the U.S. academic research vessel fleet for the past 26 years. He has had a long association with Rhode Island Sea Grant, beginning in 1975 as a graduate student, and was later funded to carry out work in fishing vessel safety and insurance that culminated in the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the Rhode Island Sea Grant Marine Law Program and has served as a member of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Senior Advisory Council for over a decade. He has an intimate knowledge of Rhode Island's coast and surrounding waters, and is uniquely qualified to bring together the academic and public communities to help solve emerging coastal problems in Rhode Island.
41°N, the magazine of Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island, is seeking freelance writers interested in contributing feature articles, briefs, book reviews, and more to "Rhode Island's Ocean and Coastal Magazine." Contributor guidelines are available here. For specific inquiries, please contact Monica Allard Cox, managing editor, at email@example.com or (401) 874-6937.
Rhode Island Sea Grant e-Newsletter
Rhode Island Sea Grant's e-newsletter offers monthly updates on our projects, staff, and announcements of funding opportunities, upcoming events, and new publications. To read the e-newsletter on-line, click here. To subscribe, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not share your e-mail address.
41°N is a magazine that is produced twice a year in partnership between Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Coastal Institute. This publication serves not only to keep readers informed of the programs' activities and research findings but to bring them science-based perspectives on critical issues such as climate change. The name 41°N is taken from the degree of latitude at which Rhode Island is located, but it also represents the concept that many of these issues are of concern around the world. To read 41°N online, visit seagrant.gso.uri.edu/41N. To receive 41°N by mail, contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or email@example.com.