2015 AAUS BOD Nominations

The 2015 AAUS Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations of individual members to stand for election for President-elect, Secretary, and one Director-at-Large position on the AAUS Board of Directors.

New DSO Orientation

There will be a new DSO oreintation held April 27th at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA.  Register today!

2015 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership. 

2015 AAUS Symposium-Call for Abstracts

The 2015 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium will be hosted by Florida Keys Community College and held September 28-October 03, 2015 in Key West, FL.  Abstracts now being accepted!

Dr. Eugenie Clark
Dr Eugenie Clark passed away February 25, 2015. Eugenie was the 2007 AAUS Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and a pioneer in the use of scuba gear for underwater research.
AAUS Certification Program

It is time for your annual AAUS-ITI Instructor Renewal.  More information here.

Current E-Slate

Current E-Slate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".


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NBDHMT DMT Courses at Aquarius Reef Base
    03/30/15 - 04/04/15

NBDHMT DMT Courses at Aquarius Reef Base

Aquarius Reef Base’s DMT training program, to be held March 30-April 4, 2015, provides a focused didactic and practical training that addresses recognition, stabilization and treatment of decompression and other diving-related injuries. These topics represent core curriculum, as does the necessary invasive skills that permit optimal medical management. Additional course content includes decompression procedures, chamber operations, and marine life injuries. All training will take place at the Reef Base shore facility in Islamorada, Florida. 

More information at http://www.aaus.org/announcements#NBDHMT DMT

OM Statistics Due

5th Annual Danbury Dive Medicine Conference

The fifth annual Danbury Medicine Conference at Danbury Hospital, Connecticut will be April 11, 2015.  The diving community meets with the medical community and first responders to discuss the many aspects of Diving Medicine and Diving Safety.  For more information contact Raquel.Rodriguez@wcthn.org

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2015 AAUS BOD Call for Nominations

2015 Call for Nominations

The 2015 AAUS Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations of individual members to stand for election for President-elect, Secretary, and one Director-at-Large position on the AAUS Board of Directors. Commencing on January 01, 2016 the elected Director-at-Large candidate will serve one three-year term, President-elect and Secretary serve two–year terms.  An electronic poll will open on May 01 and close June 30, 2015. 

Qualified candidates must be 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 or not-for-profit organizational governance experience. Please submit your nomination letter to any one of these four AAUS Nominating Committee members:

Michael A. Lang, Chair (mlang@oxyheal.com), Cheryl  L. Thacker, University of Florida (cthacker@ehs.ufl.edu), Ed O'Brien, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (eobrien@whoi.edu), Edgardo Ochoa, Conservation International (eochoa@conservation.org)

The Nominating Committee will present a list of nominees and candidate bios to the Board of Directors on March 31, 2015. Candidates will be asked to submit responses to several questions to be provided to the AAUS membership as part of the election process. An electronic poll will open on May 01 and close June 30, 2015.   

Update on Pressed Steel Tanks (PST)

Update on Pressed Steel Tanks (PST)

DEMA has received numerous calls regarding the impending expiration of the Special Permit from the US Department of transportation (DOT) under which Pressed Steel Tanks were produced.  The Special Permit was issued in 2011 and expired on January 31, 2015. DEMA has been in contact with the DOT and, working with Professional Scuba Inspectors (www.psicylinders.com), has obtained a copy of the NEW Special Permit which expires in 2018.  This means that all PST tanks with the neck stamped with SP9791 or E9791 which are visually inspected and within hydrostatic test date are valid and may be filled (or hydrostatically tested as needed).  For more information, see this Special Permiton DEMA's website.

AAUS Strategic Planning Meeting

The AAUS Strategic Planning Committee* recently met at the Boone Conference Center on Catalina Island for a facilitated three-day workshop and planning session to reaffirm, refine, and refocus the Academy’s vision, mission, and goals, and to direct the Board’s activities for the next five years.   This meeting followed a year-long process of soliciting and analyzing input from membership and stakeholders (results of surveys can be seen here).  Based on this input and the outcomes of the strategic planning session, the current Board does not anticipate a major shift in its purposes and goals within the next five years; the strategic planning process identified many of the same issues as previous Boards, and the current plan is built upon and strengthened by these earlier efforts.  

The primary pillars or goals identified by the planning committee are as follows.  The current order does not imply prioritization.

Ensure Scientific Diving Program Quality Control, through continued vetting and implementation of the Organizational Member Scientific Diving Accreditation Program, improving understanding and communication of AAUS diving standards, and development of improved program management tools. 

Improve Collaboration between the AAUS and Stakeholders, through expanding member services and increasing communication. 

Promote Scientific Diving Education, through enhanced certification of divers, development of a certification process for DSOs, adding value to the Symposium, utilizing a wide range of media, and maintaining the AAUS scholarship program.

Ensure AAUS Revenue Stream and Resources through a variety of means, including facilitating the function and presence of the AAUS Foundation, securing external funding, reviewing Organizational Member and Individual Member dues, and increasing individual memberships.

Ensure Efficient Operations of the AAUS, through establishing a full-time benefitted position for the Office Manager. 

Advocating for the Scientific Diving Community, by maintaining and distributing statistics and representing the interests of scientific diving in the legal/regulatory community.

The committee also identified strategies, timelines, and individuals who will spearhead these efforts.  The full Strategic Plan will be vetted through the Board of Directors, who will cost out and prioritize the different initiatives.  The plan will be finalized at the April meeting of the Board in Boston in April 2015.  Following the meeting, the plan will be put out to membership for a 60-day comment period, after which the Board will make any necessary additions or changes.  Throughout this process the Board will continue working to refine and revise the plan based on member input, and we will have a full five-year plan in place for presentation to the membership at the AAUS Symposium in Key West in September 2015.

*present at the Catalina planning meeting:  Mike Dardeau, Rick Gomez, Heather Fletcher, Jim Hayward, Elliott Jessup, Liz Kintzig, Pema Kitaeff, Amy Moran, Narineh Nazarian, Lora Pride, Chris Rigaud, Steve Sellers, Thom Skalko, Tim White. On the planning committee but not able to attend Catalina meeting:  George Peterson, Jen Smith, Diana Steller


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