News & Announcements

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 aausscholarships@gmail.com.
• 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 scholarships@aaus.org


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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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 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.

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!

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 (slattery@olemiss.edu)
• Robert Reavis (robert.reavis@gccaz.edu)
• Mike Anghera (manghera@ucla.edu)
• Pema Kitaeff (pema@uw.edu)
• Steve Sellers (steven_sellers@nps.gov)

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 (statisitcs@aaus.org) 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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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 aaus@aaus.org by January 30th.

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.

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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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.

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

8/30/2020
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2020 Conrad Limbaugh Award for Scientific Diving Leadership

The 2020 AAUS Conrad Limbaugh Award for Scientific Diving Leadership goes to Lloyd Austin. Lloyd was a pioneer in the world of diving who helped develop the field of underwater scientific research. He served as U.C. Berkeley’s Diving Safety Officer and Chair of the Division of Diving Control from 1967 through 1996 and helped usher in the modern era of underwater scientific research diving. At Berkeley, he trained 760 scientists and students to conduct underwater research safely. His students logged over 130,000 dives around the world.

In the early 1980’s Austin (along with peer DSO’s) helped protect scientific diving at universities from what would have become the crushing weight of proposed OSHA supervision. He was instrumental in defeating proposed legislation that would have classified research diving at universities as commercial diving – which was and is subject to costly and stringent OSHA supervision and monitoring. The legislation would have made it impossible to conduct research on budgets typical of most university research programs. In Washington D.C., Austin and fellow dive officers argued successfully that diving safety officers at universities could manage safety programs through the AAUS without OSHA supervision.

Austin designed and built U.C. Berkeley’s challenging research dive training program, the protocols and infrastructure for diving safety and training – which maintained an impeccable safety record. In over 130,000 dives by 760 UC divers, there were no deaths or known cases of decompression sickness. There was one broken leg and three ruptured eardrums – all of which healed quickly. Austin mentored countless marine biologists, assisted in designing safe research techniques, and guided marine scientists in their personal and professional development. Graduates of Austin’s coursework now lead multiple university, marine lab and national scientific programs. Austin gave scientific divers at Berkeley the capability and confidence needed to dive safely, lead Marine labs, and become diving safety officers themselves. Students became program managers, conducted research in places as far ranging as Europe, the Middle East and Antarctica, and uncovered 2000-year-old artifacts on underwater archeological sites in the Mediterranean. Some trainees became experts on California hydrocorals, reef ecosystems, and encrusting corals. Some work at NOAA and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. From biological research to sustainability to tracking sharks in the Pacific, Austin’s students contribute to scientific discovery around the world today.

Austin first entered and fell in love with the ocean as a 3-year-old in 1934. As a teenager in 1947, he draped an oxygen tank over his neck and walked into the ocean using the WWII surplus aviator’s tank and regulator to breathe underwater. Austinpassed away in 2018 at the age of 87. Along the way, he logged over 7,000 dives.

Austin’s enduring impact on diving safety and research began after he successfully pushed for U.C. Berkeley to train research divers. He lobbied for this after helping rescue many ill-trained and ill-equipped divers visiting Bodega Marine Lab in the 60s. Austin’s imprint on diving, marine sciences and on the AAUS will be felt for years to come as his disciples teach new generations of researchers to dive safely while conducting scientific research around the world.

Thank you to Steve Peletz for his contributions to this article.

8/30/2020
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John Pearse (1936-2020)

John Pearse, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, died on Friday, July 31, at his home in Pacific Grove, California.

A leading authority on marine invertebrates and intertidal ecology, Pearse was a beloved teacher and mentor to generations of marine biologists. He pioneered long-term studies of kelp forests and intertidal ecosystems on California’s Central Coast, was instrumental in establishing the marine science program at UC Santa Cruz, wrote and edited major textbooks and reference books in his field, and led several scientific organizations.

His most enduring legacy, however, is likely to be the many students he inspired, mentored, and helped launch on successful careers in science.

“John’s ability to draw in students, to convey the pure excitement of basic research, was unparalleled,” said James McClintock, who worked with Pearse as a UCSC undergraduate and later as a postdoctoral fellow, and is now an endowed professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Born in Boise, Idaho, Pearse attended high school in Tucson, Arizona, obtained his B.S. in zoology at the University of Chicago, and earned a Ph.D. in biology at Stanford University. He taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and studied invertebrates in the Red Sea, but had to leave abruptly when the 1967 Six-Day War erupted. After four years as a researcher at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the biology faculty at UC Santa Cruz in 1971.

After his retirement in 1994, Pearse continued to teach and conduct research as a professor emeritus. In 2000, he founded an educational program for high school students, initially run by UCSC’s Seymour Marine Discovery Center, to teach students about the intertidal zone and continue the monitoring of coastal ecosystems he had begun in the 1970s. Eventually, the program grew to become a statewide citizen science program, the Long-Term Monitoring Program and Experimental Training for Students (LiMPETS), monitoring the coastal ecosystems of California’s national marine sanctuaries.

Although Pearse’s research focused mostly on the California coast, his studies ranged from Antarctica to Japan. He was among the first biologists to work at McMurdo Station, overwintering in the Antarctic in 1961 and studying reproduction in an Antarctic sea star. Pearse Valley, an ice-free valley near McMurdo Sound, was named in recognition of his early contributions to Antarctic science.

Pearse is survived by his, wife Vicki, son Devon, daughter-in-law Louise, granddaughter Fiona, and brother Spencer. Donations in his memory may be made to support students in the marine sciences through UCSC’s Institute of Marine Sciences and Long Marine Laboratory, the Western Society of Naturalists, California Academy of Sciences, or Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Editor’s note: John was the recipient of the 2017 AAUS Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award.

Full article available at: https://news.ucsc.edu/2020/08/pearse-in-memoriam.html

8/1/2020
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2020 BOD Election Results

The 2020 AAUS Board of Directors (BOD) election results are tallied and the Board congratulates the new President-elect, Jim Hayward and Director-at-Large, Steve Sellers. Jim and Steve will begin their elected terms on January 01, 2021. On behalf of the Academy, we thank all the candidates for participating in the election; all are highly qualified individuals committed to the success of the AAUS. Finally, a reminder to membership--if you are interested in serving, many committees would welcome your help; contact BOD members for information.

7/30/2020
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Dr. Glen H. Egstrom’s Virtual Online Memorial

Sunday, July 12, 2020 the family of Dr. Glen H. Egstrom's held a beautiful online memorial to celebrate his life and contributions. If you were unable to participate, you can still celebrate his life by watching his movie tribute called, “A Life Well Lived” by Emmy award winning filmmaker Adam Ravetch.
https://youtu.be/NKUyZBOhY0o

7/30/2020
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Zale Perry Scholarship

The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences offers the Zale Perry Scholarship for college students who are seeking to advance their knowledge or enter a professional career in the fields of underwater research, equipment technology or hyperbaric research. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate program. The application and more information can be found at https://www.auas-nogi.org/applications. Applications close August 31.

7/1/2020
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2020 Conrad Limbaugh Award for Scientific Diving Leadership Elections

The AAUS Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award is presented biannually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to diving safety and diving leadership on behalf of the scientific diving community. The 2020 nominees are Lloyd Austin, Greg McFall and Neal Pollock. Biographies can be found here .

Voting for this year's award will be open from July 01-30, 2020.

Full members can cast your vote for this year's nominees by following the instructions below.

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. Click on blue Vote Now button below member info block on the left-hand side of the page.
4. Carefully follow onscreen instructions to submit vote.

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