New York Sea Grant Extension, UB Welcome New Great Lakes Literacy Educator
Great Lakes Coastal Youth Education - Press Release


Monica Lynn Miles, Ph.D. has recently joined New York Sea Grant as its Great Lakes Literacy Educator. Credit: Paul C. Focazio/NYSG.

Contacts:

Monica Lynn Miles, NYSG Coastal Literacy Specialist, E: mlm473@cornell.edu, P: 716-645-3610

Katherine Bunting-Howarth, NYSG Associate Director, E: keb264@cornell.edu,  P: 607-255-2832

Joseph Atkinson, Great Lakes Program Director, P 716-645-2220

Kara Lynn Dunn, NYSG Great Lakes Publicist, E: karalynn@gisco.netP: 315.465.7578

Buffalo, NY, September 26, 2019 - New York Sea Grant (NYSG), Cornell University Cooperative Extension, and the University at Buffalo (UB) have announced the addition of Monica Lynn Miles, Ph.D. as NYSG Coastal Literacy Specialist, Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at UB, and as NYSG’s lead representative to the Great Lakes Ecosystems Education Exchange.

Dr. Miles earned her doctorate from the University at Buffalo in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning with a concentration in Science Education. Her research focuses on the role of identity, racialized experiences, and marginalization in K-12 and higher education STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics spaces. She seeks to promote solutions for creating inclusive STEM environments for underrepresented students.

As the Great Lakes education specialist for NYSG, Dr. Miles will foster research-based extension and Great Lakes-focused educational outreach, with a particular emphasis on teach-the-teacher and best practices programming for K-12 formal and informal program educators who, in turn, reach thousands of students. Her role will include developing science-based Great Lakes and aquatic ecosystem curricula and professional development tools and workshops for teachers. 

New York Sea Grant, one of the largest state-level Sea Grant programs in the U.S., is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York.  NYSG Associate Director and Cornell Cooperative Extension Assistant Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Ph.D., J.D., Ithaca, N.Y., said, “We are excited to welcome Monica to the New York Sea Grant team and to have her share her expertise with our communities. She is bringing new ideas and partners to expand the reach and impact of our Great Lakes programming.”

Dr. Miles will oversee the New York Great Lakes Ecosystems Education Exchange, a NYSG program in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, providing experiential environmental education built around Great Lakes Literacy Principles and stewardship for K-12 and environmental program educators.

As Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University at Buffalo, Dr. Miles will work alongside Director Dr. Joseph Atkinson, Ph.D., professor and chair of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, providing the public education and outreach components of the program. Dr. Atkinson said, “We are looking forward to working with Monica to disseminate and expand the impact of Great Lakes research to a wide audience, especially through the involvement of teachers at all grade levels.”

Dr. Miles will also be providing specialized educational outreach to the public, industry and community leaders, government officials, and the media interested in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie resources and issues. Resources can be found under Coastal Youth Education on the NYSG website.

“I look forward to providing New York’s educational leaders with initiatives and resources to increase environmental stewardship and workforce development of the next generations of Great Lakes citizens, and to advance the public understanding of the Great Lakes as an irreplaceable ecological, environmental, and economic resource,” Miles said. 

Dr. Miles will maintain a New York Sea Grant office at the University at Buffalo, 202 Jarvis Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260, 716-645-3610, mlm473@cornell.edu

New York Sea Grant also maintains Great Lakes extension offices at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego. 

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog.

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