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GLIN==> Sea Grant Announces One Specialist's Award, Another's Arrival



Two press releases from New York Sea Grant's Great Lakes region follow. . .

New York Sea Grant Welcomes a Great Lakes Educator to SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO, NY, June 01, 2000-- New York Sea Grant announces the filling of a
new position at its extension office at SUNY Oswego. As of May 24, 2000,
Molly Thompson will come on board as Sea Grant's Dune/Habitat Educator. "I
am very excited to have Molly join our team," says David White, Sea Grant's
Great Lakes Program Coordinator.

Thompson will partner with Eastern Lake Ontario community leaders to
establish education and outreach programs on issues of concern regarding
the area's dune ecosystem. By engaging a wide range of users in the process
of dune management, policy, and use-- from local citizens and school
administrators to town boards and chamber of commerce employees-- the
former outreach program manager for the University of Wisconsin Cooperative
Extension's Environmental Resources Center will develop a variety of
educational materials.

Sea Grant-produced information in the area of dune/habitat education will
include an annual newsletter and maintenance of the currently functional
"Lake Ontario Sand Dunes and Wetlands" web site,
www.cce.cornell.edu/seagrant/dune/dune.html. In cooperation with The Nature
Conservancy and The Ontario Dune Coalition, this New York Sea Grant web
site serves to inform visitors of the integral part that Lake Ontario's
eastern shore sand dunes play in their surrounding coastal barrier
environment. This barrier system, which consists of beaches, sand dunes,
embayments and wetlands, extends for roughly 16.7 miles and contains the
largest and most extensive freshwater sand dune formations in New York
State. Along with its associated wetlands and near-shore waters, this
coastal barrier is especially important to maintain the natural
productivity of the coastal environment and provide invaluable habitats for
fish and wildlife.

Additional responsibilities will have Thompson working with Sea Grant staff
and advisory committees to identify and develop educational programs
focused on habitat management and restoration on private property along New
York's Lakes Ontario and Erie shorelines. An integral part of this process
will be to receive feedback from local community residents, which will be
collected during Thompson's periodic "Lore of the Shore" seminars scheduled
over a six-month period to begin this summer.

In addition to her two years with University of Wisconsin Cooperative
Extension, Molly has spent seven years working as an interpreter/naturalist
at nature centers, five of which she was based in central New York at
Beaver Lake Nature Center. She comes to Sea Grant with her Bachelor of
Science degree in Zoology and Biology from Michigan State University and
her Master of Wildlife Science from Alabama's Auburn University.

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Sea Grant Extension Specialist at SUNY Buffalo Receives Dual Recognition

BUFFALO, NY, June 01, 2000-- For the first time in the program's near
30-year history, a New York Sea Grant (NYSG) extension specialist, Helen
Domske, received two Program Leader Awards at last month's Great Lakes Sea
Grant Network (GLSGN) Conference. "I applaud and congratulate Helen on this
outstanding and well-deserved achievement," says David White, Sea Grant's
Great Lakes Program Coordinator.

During the annual event, held this time in Milwaukee, WI, Domske, NYSG's
coastal education specialist, accepted the GLSGN Program Leader
"Outstanding Program Award" for her role as part of a network team in
developing the Exotic Species Day Camp. Domske, a Sea Grant staff member
for over six years, was also the recipient of a Great Lake Sea Grant
Network Program Leader "Superior Award" for her work in developing a series
of Lower Lakes Reference Charts. The charts, which can be accessed in
database form on the World Wide Web at: http://wings.buffalo.edu/glp,
pinpoint state and federal government organization contacts on such
regional issues as fisheries, water levels and quality, tourism, and exotic
species.

Domske's outreach efforts in the realm of exotic species-- most recently
illustrated in the collaborative Great Lakes Sea Grant Exotic Species Day
Camp Education (ESDCE) project-- were also acknowledged last August by the
American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC). The ADEC-- an international
consortium of state universities and land grant institutions providing high
quality and economic distance education programs and services via the
latest information technologies-- bestowed upon Domske as well as eight
others in the region the honor of "Outstanding Educational Program."

Domske is currently working on a national extension of this Great Lakes
aquatic nuisance species education project targeted to geography and social
studies teachers and students. "It is an honor to receive this
recognition," says Domske. "It has been a pleasure working with outstanding
educators from other Sea Grant programs on the important topic of exotic
species education."

"This project has been innovative in providing educational information for
teachers around the Great Lakes and introducing them to outstanding
multimedia educational kits and curriculum." Along with her fellow
colleagues, Domske coordinated and extended existing Sea Grant resources by
promoting the benefits of the ESDCE project in multiple states through use
of technology, a "train-the-trainer" approach, CD-ROMs and web sites. The
project members educated teachers in locations throughout the Great Lakes
region about the availability and benefit of classroom teaching resources
focusing on the biology, spread and impact of aquatic exotic species.

In doing her part, Domske most recently brought 28 formal and informal
educators together to learn about exotic species and investigate
educational resources related to these invaders of the Great Lakes. Working
with the Aquarium of Niagara and the Erie 2 Board of Cooperative
Educational Services (BOCES), Domske made the project undertaking, held
last year on Earth Day, a success. Participants of the Day Camp spent the
day exploring exotic species web sites on the Internet and learning about
exotic species resources and educational products developed by Sea Grant
programs around the basin. The highlight of the afternoon event was coming
face-to-face with living Great Lakes fishes and exotic species with the
help of Aquarium exhibits and displays.

According to participant evaluations, this hands-on interactive program was
a worthwhile learning experience for educators. As a follow-up to the Day
Camp, teachers from New York have been working to develop additional
classroom activities focusing on exotic species. These activities range
from team learning strategies to a song on exotics entitled, "Beware!
Invaders!"

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New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the State University of New
York and Cornell University with administrative offices at The University
at Stony Brook's Marine Sciences Research Center. It is one of 29 state and
federally-funded programs under The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's National Sea Grant College Program, a network of
universities that provides information vital to the wise use of our coastal
resources through research, extension and education.


Paul C. Focazio
New York Sea Grant Assistant Communicator
115 Discovery Hall
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5001
Phone:    631-632-6910
Fax:      631-632-6917
E-mail:   pfocazio@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Internet: http://www.seagrant.sunysb.edu

New York Sea Grant-Bringing Science to the Shore since 1971
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