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9/29/2021
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2022 AAUS Scientific Diving Internship

2022 Dr. Lee H. Somers AAUS Scientific Diving Internship
OWUSS is currently taking applications for the 2020 Dr. Lee H. Somers AAUS Scientific Diving Internship. Intern applicants must be students from colleges and universities and must have an interest in science and diving. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will include training at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. This training will give the intern the necessary dive qualifications to allow participation on research projects requiring scientific diving and introduce the intern to careers that utilize scientific diving as a tool. Once trained as an AAUS-recognized diver-in-training, interns will participate in underwater field work at one or more locations and research facilities associated with the AAUS. The internship will be supported by funding for travel to/from site, room, board, and other internship-related expenses. The application deadline is January 15, 2020. For more information and to apply visit https://www.owuscholarship.org/internships .

2022 Mitchell Scientific Diving Research Internship
OWUSS is currently taking applications for the 2020 Mitchell Scientific Diving Research Internship. This internship is intended to be research-centric; therefore, training and certification as an AAUS Scientific Diver is a prerequisite and all applicants must be undergraduate students. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will be hosted at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. The internship will be supported by funding for travel to/from site, room, board, and other internship-related expenses. The application deadline is January 15, 2020. For more information and to apply visit: http://www.owuscholarship.org/internships .

9/29/2021
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Call for Abstracts

AAUS is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2022 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium. This year, ALL who intend to submit an abstract or full manuscript should complete the intention form by November 01. AAUS will accept short abstracts (maximum of 300 words), extended abstracts (800-1200 words) or full manuscripts. The deadline for ALL submissions (abstracts and full papers) to be submitted electronically to [email protected] is December 10th. Please put "2022 AAUS Symposium" followed by your desired format (abstract/extended abstract/full paper) and your name in the message line to facilitate tracking. Notification on the disposition of submitted abstracts will be returned to the first author electronically by January 10th, with any suggested revisions due by February 01st. No presentation will be allowed unless the final abstract or manuscript has been cleared for publication in the Proceedings, and abstracts/manuscripts will only be published if the presentation is delivered. All submissions MUST use the templates, which include detailed formatting instructions. Intention form and templates can also be found on the symposium website under the Resources tab.

9/29/2021
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AAUS Seeks Internship Hosts

AAUS is currently seeking OM hosts that can provide high quality experiences for our two internships. AAUS interns provide valuable exposure for your institution and scientific diving program. Prior to applying as a host, we ask that you read the internship descriptions and supporting documents on the AAUS Internship page. Applications for 2022 must be submitted no later than January 15, 2022; however, host applications are welcomed well in advance, as we are in need of hosts for 2022 and beyond. Please visit the AAUS Internship page for full details: https://aaus.org/AAUS/Scholarships/AAUS_OWUSS_Internship/Internship_Host_Information/  

9/2/2021
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2021 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations

Nominations are open for the 2021 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement award. The award is presented biennially to an individual from the scientific diving community who has made a significant contribution to advancing underwater science and technology. Nominations close September 30, 2021. For more information on eligibility and the nomination form, please visit aaus.org/about/awards/lifetime. Nominations can also be submitted directly to [email protected]

5/1/2021
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AAUS 2021 Election

The 2021 AAUS election is now open and closes June 30. The election is open to Full Voting Members (individual and OM Reps) in good standing. Below you will find the slate of candidates. All voting is to take place on the website. Please follow the directions below; be an active part of your Academy and VOTE! To write in a candidate, email name of the write-in candidate to two of the election committee members: · Marc Slattery ([email protected]) · Robert Reavis ([email protected]) · Mike Anghera ([email protected]) · Pema Kitaeff ([email protected]) · Steve Sellers ([email protected])

Bios and Election Questions for All Candidates

Secretarial Candidate:
 Jessica Keller, NOAA

Director-at-Large Candidates:
 Jason Jones, University of Hawai’i
 Jason Herum, University of California, Davis
 Ed O’Brien, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
 Andrew Brooks, University of California, Santa Barbara

Instructions for Online Voting: 1. Login at www.aaus.org. Your username is the email address on file with AAUS. Password can be reset with "forgot password" if needed. 2. Go to Members Tab then Members Profile 3. Blue Vote Now button below member info block on the left-hand side of the page. 4. Carefully follow onscreen instructions to submit vote.

4/14/2021
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2021 Ruth D. Turner Scholarships in Marine Biology

Announcing scholarship opportunities for PhD students conducting research in marine biology and ecology and enrolled in New England* Colleges and Universities. Dr. Ruth D. Turner was a world-renowned marine biologist with a love of natural history and expertise on marine molluscs and deep-sea biology. Reflecting her interests, the proposed research must involve marine invertebrates with priority given to applications involving molluscs. To apply, submit a 3-page proposal and 2 letters of recommendation to [email protected] by May 15, 2021 with "Turner application" in the subject line. One letter must be from the student's advisor. The proposal must contain 1) an Introduction with background information on the questions or hypotheses targeted by the research 2) Methods 3) Budget and Justification and 4) Literature Cited. After review, six awards of $6,500 each will be made by June 15, 2021. * Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut.

4/1/2021
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WDOF Special Research Grant

Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF®) is pleased to announce a competitive grant of $5,000 for women conducting research on the sustainability of marine or freshwater species or communities impacted by climate change. This grant is made possible by a donation from Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda, as a tribute to the French sea explorer Simone Melchior Cousteau for her numerous achievements in underwater exploration. Inspired by Simone Melchior Cousteau, the brand’s Summer 2021 collection celebrates the explorer’s love for the oceans through the use of sea life-inspired prints and nods to her South of France coastal upbringing. This grant is open to those who identify as female. Applicants may be graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, or early career scientists (defined as within 10 years of completion of PhD). Go to www.wdhof.org to find more detailed information on the grant and a link to the application. Completed applications are due by midnight EDT, on April 23.

4/1/2021
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AAUS Diversity Scholarship

The AAUS Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the first AAUS Diversity Scholarship! SCUBA diving is well-known to have high barriers to entry including the cost of basic open water certification and necessary gear. This in turn limits the pool of applicants who are eligible for opportunities that require diving such as volunteering at aquariums, performing undergraduate and graduate research, or careers where SCUBA is important. Reports (DAN) have found that 77% of divers are Caucasian, 60% male, and 66% are college graduates. Each of these demographics are considered privileged and the effects may be additive. In order to begin to address the disparity between those who may and those who may not have access to entry to SCUBA, the AAUS Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the first AAUS need-based scholarship to address this. The scholarship is geared toward underrepresented groups in our community and will provide up to $1200 for an open water certification and some gear. Many people cannot participate in the scientific diving training that they need due to the fact that they simply cannot afford to get their Open Water Scuba Certification. We want to assist with this first major hurdle.
Applicant must:
• Be a current member of AAUS (student or full member).
• Be connected to an AAUS Organizational Member such as: graduate students whose thesis/dissertation work involved diving, undergraduate volunteers participating in research, aquarium volunteers or employees who would like to include diving in their job duties.
• Submit online application form.
• Submit a one-page personal statement (details on Foundation website).
• Ensure that one letter of support from a mentor (faculty advisor or other) is submitted electronically to [email protected]
• Agree to write an article for the E-Slate, a news publication of AAUS, describing the experience.

Completed applications are due June 30. More information and the online application, can be found at  www.aausfoundation.org/scholarships/apply now.  Send questions to the Scholarship Committee Chair at [email protected]


4/1/2021
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2021 AAUS/OWUSS Interns

AAUS partners with Our World Underwater Scholarship Society to offer two internships annually: The Lee H. Somers Scientific Diving Internship and the Mitchell Scientific Diving Research Internship. These internships will provide undergraduates with the experience and opportunities necessary for a future in science, diving for research, or scientific diving-related fields. Intern applicants can be students from colleges and universities with an interest in science and diving. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will include training and hands on experience at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. Intern applications open in mid-October and close December 01st. Organizational Members who are interested in hosting an intern should contact the AAUS office.

Amanda Ho has been awarded the 2021 Lee H. Somers Scientific diving internship. Amanda grew up by the water in Berkeley, California. Spending most of her time in the ocean, she has developed an insatiable fascination with the marine realm and proceeded to earn degrees in Ecology, Conservation, and Biodiversity and Oceanography from the University of California, Davis. Amanda will be able pursue her AAUS certification along with a summer research experience at her internship host program, Florida Gulf Coast University with DSO Callaway Johnson.

Krista LaForest has been awarded the 2021 Mitchell Scientific Diving Research internship. Krista graduated with a BS in Marine Biology and Psychology from UNCW and has interned with both the New England Aquarium and the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo. Recently, Krista has continued diving as a volunteer at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. She is honored to return to research diving and is elated about the opportunity to conduct research on the relationship between parrotfish and algae on the reefs of Bonaire and collaborate with members of the McCoy lab at Florida State University.

Find out more about these interns and keep up with their summer adventures at https://aausfoundation.org/internships.

3/1/2021
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REEF 2021 Internship

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo, FL is now accepting applications for the 2020 Marine Conservation Internship. REEF’s Marine Conservation Internship provides an in-depth look into REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project and Invasive Lionfish Program. The internship provides an array of diverse experiences including scientific diving opportunities, outreach and education, data collection and management, non-profit operations, and public speaking. Application deadline is March 14, 2021. https://www.REEF.org/reef-marine-conservation-internship-description.

2/1/2021
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2021 AAUS Institutional Pricing

AAUS has partnered with several vendors to offer members reduced pricing on dive related equipment. Huish Outdoors (Oceanic, Hollis, Atomic, BARE, Sununto and Zeagle), Shearwater, Nautilus and Light and Motion are longtime supporters of this program. Vendors require that the equipment be ordered through the OM DSO and you must follow the specific ordering instructions contained within each price sheet. Updated price sheets can be found in the AAUS DSO Community Resource Library (Community instructions attached). Thank you to these vendors for their continued support!

2/1/2021
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2021 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium

Given the uncertainty surrounding potential travel and logistics due to COVID-19, the Board has voted to shorten our annual science symposium to a one-day, Virtual Business and DSO Meeting on Thursday, February 25th. The cost of this meeting is $75. This meeting will cover the annual business of AAUS along with program updates such as the E-Learning platform, Accreditation and more. Additionally, there will be a virtual vendor hall where our vendor partners will be able to share new products, specials and opportunities with participants via direct chat, video and downloadable materials. Please register at www.aaus.org, News and Events, Event list. Members must be logged in to register. Registration MUST be completed by February 22nd. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS will be accepted.

2/1/2021
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Spring 2021 AAUS DSO Orientation

Given the uncertainty surrounding potential travel and logistics due to COVID-19, AAUS is offering the Spring DSO Orientation virtually Wednesday, February 24th. This program is designed to provide an orientation for new Diving Safety Officers and for existing DSOs who would like more information and an update on particulars of running a Diving Safety Program at their respective institutions or organizations. This program is required for DSOs at new AAUS Organizational Members and DSOs participating in the AAUS Certification Program. The program is also open to non-AAUS organizations/DSOs who would like more information about AAUS. The cost for this one-day workshop is $100. Please register at www.aaus.org, News and Events, Event list. Members will need to log in. Once participants register, more information will be sent about the virtual platform closer to the date of the meeting. Registration closes February 22nd. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS will be accepted.

1/31/2021
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AAUS BOD Call for Nominations

The 2021 AAUS Nominating Committee is now accepting for consideration nominations of individual members to stand for the Secretary and Director-at-large (1) positions on the AAUS Board of Directors. The elected Director-at-Large will serve a three-year term and the Secretary will serve a two-year term, commencing on January 01, 2022. An electronic poll will open on May 01 and close June 30, 2021. Qualified candidates must be full voting members in good standing with the AAUS. The nomination letter (not to exceed 300 words) is best focused on how a particular candidate can contribute to the Academy based on their academic or diving safety contributions, or previous development of not-for-profit organizational governance experience. Please submit your nomination letter, no later than March 30, 2021, to any one of the five AAUS Nominating Committee members:
• Marc Slattery ([email protected])
• Robert Reavis ([email protected])
• Mike Anghera ([email protected])
• Pema Kitaeff ([email protected])
• Steve Sellers ([email protected])

1/4/2021
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2021 AAUS OM Renewals

In 2021 our OM renewal process will consist of 3 processes: dues payment, Code of Ethics agreement and statistics submission. OMs will not be considered in compliance until all 3 steps have been completed.

OM Dues – OM DSOs and Company Admins can print an invoice and pay via credit card on the website. Instructions attached. Alternatively, OMs can print an invoice online and mail in a check to the address listed below. Note: You will not have full access to your OM profile until your dues are paid. PO Box 9067 Mobile, AL 36691-9067

Code of Ethics Agreement – In 2019 the AAUS BOD rolled out a Code of Ethics (COE) for AAUS DSOs. In 2021 AAUS is requiring that all DSOs agree to the COE. You can access the agreement portal and a link to the COE on the home page (top center) of the OM profile. Simply click the pencil tool and check the box agreeing to the COE.

Statistics Submission - Instructions on submitting statistics are attached and can also be found on the website under Members/ Resource Library/ Website Instructionals. It is strongly recommended that you fill in the blank template by hand and manually check your totals before attempting to submit your stats. Inputs are error checked and you may get a message that your totals do not agree if you do not put a value in EVERY box (zero where appropriate). Please do not include any dives that do not meet AAUS standards, e.g., recreational dives accepted by the DCB as proficiency dives. The blank template and the AAUS statistics collection criteria and definitions may be found on the Members menu/ Statistics/ Submission Info after login or in the DSO Community in the Statistics folder (see Communities instructions for access). Both accesses require member login. Please feel free to contact the Statistics Chair ([email protected]) with any questions concerning statistics or incident reporting. Statistics summaries are considered late on (and after) 01 April.

1/4/2021
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Spring 2021 AAUS DSO Orientation

Given the uncertainty surrounding potential travel and logistics due to COVID-19, AAUS is offering the Spring DSO Orientation virtually Wednesday, February 24th. This program is designed to provide an orientation for new Diving Safety Officers and for existing DSOs who would like more information and an update on particulars of running a Diving Safety Program at their respective institutions or organizations. This program is required for DSOs at new AAUS Organizational Members and DSOs participating in the AAUS Certification Program. The program is also open to non-AAUS organizations/DSOs who would like more information about AAUS. The cost for this one-day workshop is $100. Please register at www.aaus.org, News and Events, Event list. Members will need to log in. Once participants register, more information will be sent about the virtual platform closer to the date of the meeting.

1/4/2021
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2021 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium

Given the uncertainty surrounding potential travel and logistics due to COVID-19, the Board has voted to shorten our annual science symposium to a one-day, Virtual Business and DSO Meeting on Thursday, February 25th. The cost of this meeting is $75. Please register at www.aaus.org, News and Events, Event list. Members must be logged in to register. Any proposed agenda items should be sent to [email protected] by January 30th.

11/1/2020

AAUS Foundation Scholarship Awards 2020

The AAUS Foundation offers competitive research scholarships to both doctoral-level students and master’s-level students who utilize scientific diving as a principal research tool or study scientific diving.

First place awards for both program levels are $3000; second place awards are $1500. A total of 45 proposals were reviewed. Proposals included research in ecosystems from kelp forests to coral reefs and spanned disciplines from genetics to archaeological resource management. Special thanks to the 15 reviewers, and best wishes to all who participated. If you know of a student who could benefit from an AAUS graduate scholarship, direct them to the Foundation website for more details. Next year's round of proposals will be due on June 30, 2021.  https://aausfoundation.org/

Doctoral-level Awards

1st place Kira Turnham, Penn State University

Examining thermal tolerance in Palauan coral reefs

2nd place Bobbi Renfro, Florida State University

The effects of anthropogenic nutrient enrichment on coral reef sponges

Honorable Mention

Ethan Cissell, Florida State University

 

Master-level Awards

1st place William Nassif, East Carolina University

Documenting World War II-era submerged archaeological sites in the lagoon at Kwajalein Atoll (Republic of the Marshall Islands)

2nd place Nika Blank, Florida State University

Investigating latitudinal changes in hardbottom communities of the West Florida Shelf

Honorable Mention

Bryant Grady, Arizona State University

 

Find out more about the AAUS Foundation Scholars at www.aausfoundation.org


9/28/2020
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WDHOF Scholarships and Training Grants

The Women Divers Hall of Fame ™ (WDHOF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving. Applications close on October 31, 2020 at midnight EDT. More information at http://wdhof.org/wdhof-scholarshipDesc.aspx

9/28/2020
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Spring 2021 REEF Marine Conservation Interns

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo, FL is now accepting applications for Spring 2021 Marine Conservation Interns. REEF’s Marine Conservation Internship provides an in-depth look into REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project and Invasive Lionfish Program. The internship provides diverse experiences including non-profit operations, outreach and education, field experience, data collection and management, public speaking, event planning and advertising. During the four-month internship, you will have many opportunities to dive and volunteer with partner organizations in the Florida Keys and South Florida. Application deadline is November 01. More info at http://www.REEF.org/internship.