Sue Cullumber Travels from AZ to Cuba for Marine Science Conference
Sue Cullumber (TAS, 2013), recently attended the marine science conference, MarCuba 10th Congress of Marine Sciences, in Havana, Cuba. The conference was held at the convention center during the week of October 15, 2018 and was represented by 18 different countries and over 650 participants.
During the conference, Sue had the opportunity to present about the NOAA Teacher at Sea (TAS) program and her experience on the Ecosystem Monitoring Survey onboard NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter. Sue was also selected to be the President of the morning session on Environmental Education and distribute the certificates to those that participated in this session. Sue was part of a delegation from U.S. which included individuals from Arizona, California, South Carolina, and Washington.
Besides Sue’s talk on the TAS program, a workshop on micro-plastics was also presented by the delegation. During the week, the team attended various talks and workshops presented at the conference. During her visit to Cuba, the delegation also visited the Havana aquarium and received a tour of educational programs that the aquarium has available. The team also visited ELAM (Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina), an international school of medicine. Here they learned about the programs at the school and the large number of countries and individuals that have attended this school. At both these locations the team brought donations that were distributed to these programs in Cuba. Methea Sapp (TAS, 2007) and Mark Friedman (TAS, 2008) also attended the conference.