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MTS 2022 Board of Directors Nominations

There are four positions open for the 2022 MTS Board Elections: President-Elect, Vice President of Early Career Ocean Professionals, Vice President of Education, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. MTS members may nominate candidates for the open positions through 11:59 p.m. EST on June 15, 2022. 

Submit your nominations HERE

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UN Decade to Hold World Ocean Summit in March

 

 

This global event will take place over four days, and will bring together the broadest cross-section of the ocean community, from businesses to scientists, government, investors, and civil society. It will feature six industry tracks: shipping, fishing, aquaculture, energy, tourism, and plastics.

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MTS ECOPs Network at OCEANS 2022 Chennai

 


MTS ECOPs section chair Joshua Baghdady presented at the ECOPs and Young Professional event during OCEANS 2022 Chennai. Check out the full Young Professionals hybrid session HERE

 

Legislative Update - HOUSE PASSES THE COMPETES ACT

 

HOUSE PASSES THE COMPETES ACT


On February 4, the House of Representatives passed the COMPETES Act, which increases funding for marine science, expands renewable energy and strengthens protection of marine life.

The bill improves regulations and the tracking of illegal fishing and fish products produced with slave labor. The legislation also boosts ocean science and conservation and provides resources for the education of ocean scientists. And its provisions help protect ecosystems, including deep-sea environments and the Artic region. 

The legislation also makes critical investments in renewable energy and aims to put the U.S. globally ahead in clean energy development. 

MORE HERE

 

American Blue Economy Podcast - Workforce Development in the Blue Economy

American Blue Economy Podcast - Workforce Development in the Blue Economy 

In this month's episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet explores Blue Economy Workforce Development with experts:

·  Dr. Shannon Campbell, Senior Associate Vice President for Coastal Operations here at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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SeaState Season 3, Episode 2: USV Technology with guests Jigger Herman and Alessandra Bianchi



SeaState Season 3, Episode 2: USV Technology with guests Jigger Herman and Alessandra Bianchi

This entertaining and educational podcast covers a broad range of topics and features a leading line-up of industry experts as guests. 

Sponsored by Ocean News & Technology and in partnership with MTS, SeaState is hosted by Rhonda Moniz, an accomplished journalist and filmmaker with extensive experience of the ocean industry.

LISTEN HERE

Buoy Workshop, UN Decade Endorsed - Call for Speakers & Registration Now Open

Join us September 19-22, 2022 for the MTS Buoy Workshop, a UN Decade endorsed event. The conference theme is "Moored Systems for the Future Buoy and Mooring System Developments and Advancements to Address the Needs of a Changing World". The event will be held at The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Coastal Ocean Research & Monitoring Program (CORMP).


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February 2022 President's Letter

Bravo Zulu to the OCEANS 2022 Chennai for successful conference. Once again, the conference was conducted in a hybrid mode that permitted attendance and speakers from all corners of the world to have engaging and substantive conversations. Along with a strong technical track the team conducted a hackathon, an ECOP session, a Women in Engineering Session and the kick-off of the IOC activity co-sponsored by MTS and the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) - Forum for Dialogue with Industry: How can industry work with science and government to advance Ocean Observing for 2030? This forum is designed to capture feedback from industry partners to maturing the ocean observing market and will result in recommendations that both MTS and GOOS have the ability and interest to act upon. Together we will identify the barriers and the opportunities. In the coming weeks we will have more information on this new action on the MTS and GOOS website and look forward to engaging all of you on this activity. Congratulations to the Aryan Anand, Akash R and Shreya Keshri, winners of new MTS Nanda Student innovation. This award has been set up in memory of Dr. Kumar Nanda, who was a strong supporter of MTS and especially the students. Thank you to Dr. Nanda’s family and friends for setting up the fund and for their contributions. We also thank the following organization who joined MTS in sponsoring this award:  ELEKTRONIK LAB, Inmarsat, Sonardyne, and Aries.

Our next event is Oceans In Action in Gulfport, MS 7-10 March, which I am positive will be a forum with thought provoking conversation. MTS will be represented by several board members at Oceanology International in London in March. We are so pleased that Captain Don Walsh will travel to London to award the second winners of the Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration award, which has been won jointly by Commander Victor Vescovo, USN, Retired and Patrick Lahey for the 2019 Five Deeps Expedition.  I will be moderating one of the Oceans Futures conference sessions which will in part will be the second session of our IOC activity - Dialogue with Industry. MTS will have a booth. The board members attending would love to see you on the floor of OI. Amanda Johnston, from HQ, will be attending. Please reach out to her so we can find time to visit your booth and connect with you.

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Plan to Attend these Virtual Sessions for OCEANS 2022 Chennai


FULL LISTING OF EVENTS & REGISTRATION INFO HERE:
https://chennai22.oceansconference.org

 

STUDENT HACKATHON

February 20, 2022




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Register for OCEANS 2022 Chennai

 


Inspire. Innovate. Sustain. OCEANS 2022 Chennai is next month from February 21-24 at IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai, India. The conference will feature in-person and online sessions. REGISTER HERE

Plenary speakers include: Dr. Margaret Leinen is the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor for Marine Science of University of California at San Diego; Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, Defense Research and Development Organisation; Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies and Distinguished Scientist in the Ministry of Earth Sciences; Mr. Peter Haugan, Program Director at Institute of Marine Research, Norway, Professor of Oceanography at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, and Past Chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; Mr. Craig McLean, Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA and Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research); Dr. Katsuyoshi Kawaguchi, Director-General, JAMSTEC and Visiting Faculty member of Center for Integrated Underwater Observation Technology, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo; Dr. Gary Brassington, Australia Bureau of Meteorology Senior Principal Research Scientist for Ocean Modelling; and Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel of the Indian Navy.

SESSIONS INCLUDE (FOR A DETAILED LIST OF ALL SESSIONS VISIT HERE)

For detailed information on sessions and to register visit https://chennai22.oceansconference.org/

GOOS/MTS INDUSTRY DIALOGUES SERIES
Forum for Dialogue with Industry: How can industry work with science and government to advance Ocean Observing for 2030? PANELISTS: Emma Heslop, UNESCO IOC; Donna Kocak, L3Harris; R Venkatesan, NIOT George Mathew, NORINCO PVT Ltd India; MODERATOR: Zdenka Willis, MTS President
This forum is designed to capture feedback from industry partners and will result in recommendations that both MTS and GOOS have the ability and interest to act upon.
Date: February 22, 2022
Time: 14:30-16:00 Hrs IST

STUDENT LUNCHEON & OUTING
Join fellow students for a special luncheon and outing to see Chennai's sites.
Date: February 21, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:30 - 16:30 Hrs IST

CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS & THE OCEAN DECADE (Jointly organized by NOAA)
Special address by Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin and intro remarks by Craig McLean and Dr. Akhilesh Gupta Date: February 22, 2022 Tuesday Time: 17:30 - 19:00 Hrs IST

WOMEN IN ENGINEERING
Date: February 23, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: Women in Engineering - A (08:00 - 09:30 Hrs IST) & Women in Engineering - B (17:30 - 19:00 Hrs IST)

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM
This event is jointly organized by IEEE Young Professionals (IEEE-YP) and MTS Early Career Ocean Professionals (MTS-ECOPs). This event will be in-person as well as virtual.
Date: February 23, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 14:30 - 16:30 Hrs IST

November/December Journal Released

New Journal Issue Released

The November/December 2021 Journal is now available. This issue Civilization at a Turning Point: The Case of Polymetallic Nodules features research by guest editors Gregory S. Stone and Corey MacLachlan.

MTS Members can access the current issue and all archived issues (Volumes 33-present) via Ingenta. Please login to the Members section of the website to access this content.



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Women Leadership in Marine Technology Webinar Series Discusses Implicit/Unconscious Bias

 

Implicit (unconscious) biases can affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. On January 12, as part of MTS Women in Leadership series, panelists Grace Drake, PhD Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis; Jenny Saul, Professor, Waterloo Chair in Social and Political Philosophy of Language; and moderator Liesl Hotaling, MTS VP of Publications & Communications discussed how to challenge these biases so they don't inform decision making and actions. 

 

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Legislative Update

 

White House Introduces Initiatives to Attract STEM Workforce

On January 21, the White House announced new initiatives to attract science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals to the United States. These policies allow STEM experts to stay in the U.S. after university education, enter the U.S. as workers or researchers, or apply for permanent residence and citizenship. According to the press release, “Our commitment as a nation to welcoming new talent has long provided America with a global competitive advantage, and we must continue to lead in this effort.”

  • The STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, which lets students on F-1 visas earning bachelors, masters, and doctorates in certain STEM fields remain in the U.S. to work for up to 36 months after earning their degrees, will expand to include 22 new fields of study, including include Climate Science, Earth Systems Science, Environmental Geosciences, GeoBiology, Geography and Environmental Studies, and Data Science.
  • The new Early Career STEM Research Initiative will facilitate nonimmigrant exchange visitors coming to the United States to engage in STEM research through research, training, or educational exchange visitor programs.
  • An extension for undergraduate and graduate STEM students on the J-1 visa will allow additional academic training for up to 36 months.
  • Reduction of barriers for visa seekers to ease hiring for universities and companies.

 

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American Blue Economy Podcast - The Central Role of STEM Education in the Blue Economy

 

Panelists Melissa Ryan, VP, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration; Laurita Alomassar, Founder and CEO, STEM Brains; and Jill Zande, President/Executive Director, Marine Advanced Technology Education  (MATE) Inspiration for Innovation discuss how efforts to develop the next generation of blue tech leaders is foundational to a thriving blue economy. 

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SeaState Season 3, Episode 1: Exploring the Deep with Dr. Brennan Phillips

This entertaining and educational podcast covers a broad range of topics and features a leading line-up of industry experts as guests. 

Sponsored by Ocean News & Technology and in partnership with MTS, SeaState is hosted by Rhonda Moniz, an accomplished journalist and filmmaker with extensive experience of the ocean industry.

LISTEN HERE

Oceans in Action/Port Security Summit - Register Today

Upcoming Events

We welcome you to the Gulf Coast for Oceans In Action 2022, an event highlighting how marine science and technology research efforts are integrated into operational missions, results, and decision-making tools. New to our program – the Port Security Summit hosted by the Port of Gulfport through the University of Southern Mississippi’s Mississippi Defense Initiative (MDI).

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Florida Tech Surge Focused on Coastal Monitoring - Abstracts Due February 11

Join us April 12 - 14, 2022, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, Florida for a TechSurge event with focus on transformative solutions for integrated coastal monitoring systems for Florida's estuaries and nearshore coastal waters. The event will feature exhibitors, networking and a student poster display.


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January President's Letter

Happy New Year!  As we come into another year with the world battling COVID – a moment to recognize the hardship both in human and economic terms at all levels from nations to individuals.  The pandemic continues to re-enforce the critical importance of both science and technology. 

We have two exciting events upcoming.  I hope to see you either virtually or in person at OCEANS 2022 – Chennai 21-24 February and Oceans In Action in Gulfport, MS 7-10 March.

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