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18 February 2016
Volume 17 Issue 2
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SETAC North America Professional Training Courses: Orlando Solicitation and Earth Day Grant Announcement

Nile Kemble, SETAC North America Training and Education Committee

Learning and knowledgeAs you may already know, the professional training courses offered last November at the SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, were a great success. The SETAC North America Training and Education Committee reviewed and accepted 10 professional training courses, covering a variety of topics. We offered 6 full-day and 4 half-day courses, addressing topics from “Ecological Risk Assessment for Formulated Consumer Products,” “Assessing Chemical Risks to Threatened and Endangered Species Using Population Models,” “Media and Communications Training for Environmental Scientists” and  “Science Communication: Using Science Improv to Communicate Science to Everyday People,” to name a few. “Developing and Applying Adverse Outcome Pathways,” a course developed by Dan Villeneuve, was recorded and is now available on the Live Learning Center in two parts. Thank you again to all of the fantastic instructors who donated so much of their time to create engaging and topical courses. And thank you to the 178 registrants who participated!

The SETAC North America Training and Education Committee solicits proposals for professional training courses and then plans and coordinates the courses selected for the SETAC annual meeting. The committee is currently accepting proposals for the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 6–10 November 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Submit your proposal by 1 May.  

The professional training courses are a critical part of what SETAC has to offer its members. Because environmental science incorporates dozens of disciplines and areas of expertise, sharing this knowledge in an environment that not only educates but also fosters professional networking serves to strengthen the SETAC community and provides immense value to the SETAC members attending professional training courses. The committee is also interested in offering a course in Orlando that focuses on a local issue (i.e., something related to the Southeastern part of the United States). Please consider sharing your expertise with your colleagues in a fun, informal and interactive setting by teaching a course next November at SETAC Orlando. 

Earth Day Grants

In addition to professional training courses, the committee is also responsible for furthering education activities and promoting SETAC involvement in local communities. To that end, and in alignment with SETAC’s mission for this important annual event, two US$500 Earth Day grants will be awarded this March. The grants are intended to support SETAC member participation in Earth Day outreach events. Applications will be accepted until February 28, which is coming up fast so apply now

Future Developments

The SETAC North America Training and Education Committee is working on an accreditation system for the professional training courses! Development of this system is currently in progress and, as with anything new, it may take some time to put into place. That said, both the committee and the SETAC North America Board of Directors are committed to the implementation of this accreditation system. When in place, it will be a positive and exciting move forward for SETAC. Stay tuned for more information!

Author’s contact information: nkemble@usgs.gov

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