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Future of the Ocean Symposium and Champion of the Ocean Awards Luncheon

The Urban Coast Institute (UCI) will host its 15th annual Future of the Ocean Symposium and Champion of the Ocean Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 22, at Wilson Hall.

With a theme of An Ocean for All: Ecosystems, Economies & People,  the symposium will assemble nationally recognized experts to share insights on the research, science and technology priorities necessary to ensure our oceans continue to thrive ecologically while serving an expanding cross-section of users.

Monmouth University President Emeritus and UCI Ocean Policy Fellow Paul G. Gaffney II will moderate a panel discussion with perspectives from the ports/maritime, offshore wind, ocean sciences and marine conservation communities. Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will deliver plenary remarks. The panel will include Bradley Campbell, Conservation Law Foundation executive director and former New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection commissioner; Scott Glenn, distinguished professor in the Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and co-director of the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership; David Hang, Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind president; and Bethann Rooney, deputy director, Port Department, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

At the subsequent luncheon, the UCI will honor three symposium speakers with Champion of the Ocean Awards. The UCI will present its highest honor, the National Champion of the Ocean Award, to Gallaudet; the Regional Champion of the Ocean Award to Campbell; and the Coastal and Ocean Leadership Award to Glenn.

The symposium will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Auditorium. The luncheon will directly follow the symposium from noon to 2 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Versailles and Pompeii rooms.

Tickets are required for the luncheon, with proceeds supporting student research activities through the UCI Scholars Program.

For additional information, contact Karl Vilacoba at 732-571-3688 or kvilacob@monmouth.edu.

Afrofuturist Design: Ancient Dogon To Wakandan Futures

We are extending this invitation for you to join us as we host Afrofuturist Design: Ancient Dogon To Wakandan Futures, beginning in September and ending in November 2019. We hope that you are able to join us.

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 27
6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Black Speculative Arts Movement: Black Brain Belt Symposium
Saturday, November 16
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

School of Education Student Scholarship Exhibition

The School of Education Scholarship Exhibition is a poster session hosted by the school. The purpose of this event is threefold:

    1.  To highlight student scholarly endeavors within our school and celebrate research that is completed or underway.
    2.  To create an opportunity for School of Education students at all levels to think about research and how it improves our respective fields
    3. To recognize and appreciate the work of student peer

Apply to present:

If you would like to be included in the School of Education Student Scholarship Exhibition, use the link below to complete an online application to present. Application forms are due by Thursday, April 11.

Public Forum to Discuss Redistricting Reform for a Fairer New Jersey

Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and their Fair Districts NJ coalition partners for a public forum on the legislative redistricting process in New Jersey, gerrymandering, and ideas for reforms.

Speakers include Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, and Yurij Rudensky, redistricting counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available on campus in Lot 13.

Event Hosts

TechLaunch Bullpen #11

You are invited to join us at Monmouth University for TechLaunch Bullpen #11. Three tech startup companies, along with one lucky student tech startup from Monmouth University, will pitch their business plans to a panel of investors and be judged to see who can win TechLaunch Bullpen #11. Come and participate as a member of the audience and see how tech startups defend their concept and earn the interest of angel investors. Audience members will vote to decide the ‘Audience Favorite’ Award!

Schedule

4:30 p.m. Registration/Pizza/Networking
5 p.m. Introductions
5:15 p.m. BullPen Program (4 Investor Pitches)
7 p.m. Winners Announced
7:15 p.m. Networking with Entrepreneurs and Investors

More Details

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UCI Marine and Environmental Luncheon Speaker Series

State of Coastal and Ocean Acidification in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic

Coastal and ocean acidification have significant scientific and societal ramifications including the alteration of ocean biogeochemistry, ecological consequences associated with altered ecosystems, and economic losses due to the decreased survival of commercially important organisms. Guest speaker Dr. Grace Saba, Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Center for Ocean Observing Leadership at Rutgers University will cover what we know and do not yet know about acidification in the Mid-Atlantic. We will examine recommendations from the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) to enhance regional acidification monitoring and improve understanding of potential ecological impacts.

About the Speaker

Dr. Saba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Center for Ocean Observing Leadership at Rutgers University. She also serves as co-coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN). She received her B.S in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary.

Related Links

UCI Blog

UCI Marine & Environmental Speaker Series

Menhaden Defenders: Why Defend?

The population of Atlantic menhaden (bunker) is at an all-time low. The loss of menhaden spells disaster for striped bass, tuna, bluefish, weakfish, osprey, whales, birds, and marine mammals. Captain Paul Eidman, founder of Menhaden Defenders, discusses the importance of rebuilding this stock. If we want to protect our game fish and marine mammals, we must protect their food! Come learn what you can do to ensure these fish remain abundant in our coastal waters.

Related Links

UCI Blog

Conservation Panel and Book Signing with John Morano

Monmouth University Professor and Eco-Adventure Series author John Morano will host a book signing and Conservation Panel with Clean Ocean Action and the Urban Coast Institute (UCI) on Oct. 27 at the Eatontown Barnes & Noble, located in Monmouth Mall.

The event will kick off with a signing at 3 p.m., followed by the panel from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and a second signing session at the discussion’s conclusion. A portion of sales revenues on the day will be donated to the UCI to support student-faculty research activities at Monmouth University.

Morano will moderate an expert discussion with Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf and UCI Director Tony MacDonald on topics such as threats facing Jersey Shore area marine environments and wildlife. An audience question and answer segment will follow.

Morano’s Eco-Adventure Series work raises awareness of endangered species both in this region and throughout the world. The books present imperiled habitats as settings, underpinning the relationship between wildlife and their environment. The stories stress that thinking globally and acting locally are imperative, both to the sustainability of our environment and the betterment of our everyday eco-intertwined lives.

A professor of journalism at Monmouth, Morano has authored four novels in his Eco-Adventure Series. A writer very concerned with endangered species and habitat depletion, Morano employs the journalistic ethic of giving a voice to the voiceless as he pens stories of imperiled creatures and habitats that can’t speak for themselves.