The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) is accepting nominations for the 2018 National Coastal Conference Awards including the Morrough P. O’Brien Award, the Robert L. Wiegel Coastal Project Award, the Bob Dean Coastal Academic Award, the ASBPA Student Educational Award, the Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award, the Student Coastal Advocate Award and the ASBPA Member of the Year Award.
The Morrough P. O’Brien Award is presented annually to an individual or organizational member of ASBPA on the basis of 1) an outstanding record in achieving the objectives and ideals of ASBPA; or 2) for major direct contributions to ASBPA. Any ASBPA member can submit a nomination that outlines the accomplishments of the nominee and the basis upon which the nomination is being put forth. The winner will be invited to attend 2018 ASBPA National Coastal Conference October 30-November 2 in Galveston, Texas to accept the award.
The Robert L. Wiegel Coastal Project Award is presented in recognition to a coastal project that has stood the test of time and has shown a positive environmental, social, or recreational benefit. Nominations must include a statement of objectives of the project and the major design features; evidence that the project achieved the desired objectives with a minimum of five years since completion; the environmental, social, recreational and other effects of the project should be described; a statement identifying the agencies and individuals responsible for planning, designing and constructing the work and the individuals that will receive the award; and the cost of the project. The award will be presented at the 2018 ASBPA National Coastal Conference in Galveston, Texas.
The Robert G. Dean Coastal Academic Award is presented in recognition of an academic who has made significant contributions furthering the community’s understanding of coastal science or engineering and in fostering young coastal scientists or engineers.
The ASBPA Student Educational Award is presented annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who, through his or her research, is furthering the science of coastal or riverine systems as it relates to the goals and mission of the ASBPA.
The award includes a $500 cash stipend and it is expected that the Educational Award winner will attend the 2018 ASBPA National Coastal Conference in Galveston (for which the registration fee will be waived), and present his or her findings to the coastal community. Additionally, the winner is strongly encouraged to submit their award nomination paper for peer review by the editorial staff of Shore & Beach, the ASBPA’s technical journal, and possible inclusion in a future issue.
Entries must consist of a curriculum vita and paper suitable for presentation and publication (for non-electronic submissions, please provide five hard copies of the entire nomination package). Any subject pertaining to coastal or riverine science is eligible for consideration. Representative subject areas include natural processes (waves, currents sediment transport), ecology (habitat, ecosystem function), water quality (pollution sources, remedies), economics (cost/benefits of beach projects) and human impact on the coast (coastal structures, dams, restoration projects). The paper may include figures, tables, and photographs and should not exceed 10 pages in length, single-spaced, including references.
The Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award is presented annually to a graduate student who aspires to advance his or her knowledge and experience of coastal or riverine science through an internship with ASBPA. The winner will become the dedicated staff member for the ASBPA’s Science and Technology Committee. The Coastal Scholar will work hand-in-hand with practicing coastal experts to develop technical position papers with the Committee; and serve as the liaison for ASBPA with other graduate students in coastal and riverine sciences. The Coastal Scholar will work from their home institution and will participate with the ASBPA via conference calls and email. In addition to the experience of working with coastal experts, the award includes a $600 cash stipend paid in quarterly payments of $150.
Award winner must attend the 2018 ASBPA National Conference in Galveston, Texas (for which the registration fee will be waived) to receive the award. Entries must include a curriculum vita and paper addressing why the candidate is interested in becoming the ASBPA’s Coastal Scholar. The paper should include previous experience, education, future goals, as well as expectations of the Coastal Scholar Award position. The paper should not exceed five pages in length, single-spaced.
The Student Coastal Advocate Award is presented to a graduate or undergraduate student who aspires to advance his or her knowledge of and experience in federal coastal policy and advocacy through an internship with ASBPA. The winner will become the dedicated staff member for the ASBPA’s Government Affairs Committee. The Student Advocate will work hand-in-hand with practicing coastal experts to develop policy position papers with the Committee and participate in advocacy efforts seeking to influence federal policy via agencies or Congress. The Coastal Advocate will work from his or her home institution and will participate with the ASBPA via conference calls and email. In addition to the experience of working with coastal experts, the award includes a $600 cash stipend paid in quarterly payments of $150.
Award winner must attend the 2019 ASBPA Coastal Summit, in Washington, DC (for which the registration fee will be waived) to receive the award. Entries must include a resume or curriculum vita, a paper addressing why the candidate is interested in becoming the ASBPA’s Student Coastal Advocate, and contact information for two professional references (either academic or work related). The paper should include previous experience, education, future goals, as well as expectations of the Student Coastal Advocate position. The paper should not exceed two pages in length, single-spaced.
The ASBPA Member of the Year Award is an award to be presented annually to an individual on the basis of their giving of time, talent, and treasury to furthering the goals and objectives of the ASBPA during the previous year. The winner will be presented the award at the 2018 ASBPA National Coastal Conference in Galveston, Texas.
Entries for all awards except for the three student awards must be received by August 10, 2018. The deadline for ASBPA Student Educational Award, the Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award and the Student Coastal Advocate is September 7, 2018. Please send entries to Awards@asbpa.org. All information should be submitted in PDF attachment form or a Word document with a maximum file size of 1 Mb. If you have any questions, please call (239) 489-2616.
|ASBPA member||Non-ASBPA member||Student member||Student non-member|
|Before Sept. 29||$395||$495||$75||$100|
|After Sept. 29||$445||$545||$75||$100|
|At the door (begins Oct. 24)||$495||$595||$100||$125|
|Full-day short course||$175||$175||$25||$25|
|Half-day field trip||$75||$75||$35||$35|
Partial-event registrations available – check registration link for details.
Deadline for registration cancellation is Oct. 24 to receive a full refund (minus a $50 processing fee).
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ASBPA board meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration opens: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.
Plenary Session: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1-5 p.m.
Reception & Posters: Wednesday, Oct.25, 6-7 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions: Thursday, Nov. 1, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Luncheon: Thursday, Nov. 1, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Awards: Thursday, Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m.
Team Competition: Thursday, Oct.26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions: Friday, Nov. 2, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Field trip: Friday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
* Field Trip: Friday, Nov. 2, 1-5 p.m., includes box lunch. The field trip will explore Galveston County’s shoreline.
**Program, including times, is in draft form and may be modified
Coastal geology: What are the geological forces that impact your coastline? How is the movement of sediment crucial to coastal management?
These basic courses are intended for coastal practitioners, professionals, consultants and representatives from government agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Students and new professionals are also encouraged to attend.
The short course topic is one module that will be offered in partial completion of the Certified Coastal Practitioner (CCP) program. The complete program will consist of 10 modules offering a broad, multidisciplinary platform of knowledge for current and prospective coastal professionals, and providing an introductory look at the various areas of coastal expertise that are crucial to successful and sound coastal management. The basic objective of this program is to deliver the fundamentals of each topic applied in coastal management, so that individuals obtain exposure to a breadth of knowledge and expertise.
Conference sessions will be held at the Galveston Island Convention Center. The San Luis Resort (5400 Seawall Dr.) and the Hilton Resort (5400 Seawall Drive) are the host hotels and are located within easy walking distance.
The San Luis Resort has rooms starting at $169 per night. The Hilton Resort has rooms starting at $149. A limited number of government rate rooms are available. The resort fee has been waived at both facilities and self-parking is at no charge. The deadline for hotel rooms is Sept. 29. Call the Reservations Department at 1-800-392-5937 and say that you are with the 2018 ASBPA National Coastal Conference to receive these special rates.
Two airports serve Galveston: Hobby Airport and George W. Bush Intercontinental. Hobby is closer to Galveston and avoids much of Houston traffic. Airport transportation options include car rentals and shuttles.