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DEI’s Educational Program Receives a “Boost”

Posted Jan. 06, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.

To Whom It May Concern:

Please consider the following article for an upcoming edition of your paper:

– News Release –

January 7, 2013

Beals, Maine

The Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education (DEI), located in Beals, Maine, recently received $10,000 from an anonymous donor. Monies are to be used this spring and summer to enhance marine science education for teachers and other educators in Washington County schools. Peter Taylor, Vice-President of Program Development and Grantmaking Services at the Maine Community Foundation informed Dr. Brian Beal, DEI’s Research Director, that the donor wishes to fund three major initiatives.

The first will support DEI’s continuation of hands-on training for teachers and educators in its program, “Let’s Find Out What’s Out There.” Teachers and educators will attend hands-on sessions that help them learn how to bring marine science into schools by extending the walls of their classrooms to include activities in nearby coastal habitats. The second will provide funds to enable a local educator to spend eight weeks during the summer of 2013 at DEI, learning how to culture microalgae, rear clams and lobsters, and participate in a special research project to be developed in conjunction with Dr. Beal and other DEI staff members. The third will be used to purchase equipment for use with K-12 students, such as portable touch tanks, GPS units, water quality monitoring probes, and hip rubber boots.

“A special thank-you goes to the donor for recognizing and supporting DEI’s educational programs,” said Dr. Beal, who says he and his staff are very “excited to continue working with students and teachers in area schools.”

DEI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of downeast and coastal Maine through applied marine research, technology transfer, and public marine resource education.

The mission of the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education is to improve the quality of life for the people of downeast and coastal Maine through applied marine research, technology transfer, and public marine resource education.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Brian F. Beal,

Professor of Marine Ecology (UMM)

Director of Research (DEI)

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