Dave Grant - Sandy Hook, NJ
"Nemo me impune lacesset"*
1983-present Director, Ocean Institute-Brookdale Community College ("UCLA" - University Closest to the Lincroft Area). Sharing marine science with thousands of students and teachers each year. 1978-1993 Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University. Teaching oceanography in the Department of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography. 1977-1983 Station biologist, New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Teaching and killing lots of fish in the name of science.
Dave's experience - in a nut-shell:
10 - Degrees and certificates obtained
9 - Environmental honors awarded
8 - Boards elected
7 - Seas sailed
6 - Colleges and universities employed
5 - Ships served (Ship fires - 2)
4 - Private, Public and Governor's schools employed
3 - Island Institutes served
2 - Museums employed
1 - Prisons employed
Additional entertainment, some of which I've actually gotten paid for:
Ornithology instructor, National Audubon Society
Coral Reef Education Program (NOAA, Project WET) - Curriculum writer
Geology and Physical Oceanography instructor, Middlesex Community College Physics Department
Earth Science instructor, Monmouth University Biology Department
Director of Education, Acadia Institute of Oceanography
Instructor of environmental biology, human biology and evolution, Mercy College Biology Department
Resource management ranger, National Park Service
Teacher-trainer, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and MITS program
Visiting scientist, Oceanographic & Limnological Research, Limited. Eilat, Israel
Lecturer and curriculum developer, World Cruise Company's round-the-world cruise
Naturalist, guest editor, American Littoral Society
ESL, Adult Basic Skills instructor, Brookdale College
Lecture programs: Mutineers, Moais and Midway: The Natural and Human History of some notorious and far-flung Pacific Islands; Living on Limulus: The life history of horseshoe crabs; Seabirds and bird islands of the world; Warmwater Aquacullture in the Red Sea; The Seychelles Islands: Hunting the widowbird of LaDigue Island; The Penguins of Patagonia; The Dragons and Durians of the Lesser Sunda Islands; Learning with Limulus: Teaching about marine life with horseshoe crabs; Coastal Geology and Human Impacts; Birding Middle Atlantic Shores and More.
Curriculum development: Aquatic WILD; activities for DISCOVER the World of Science television series, Scientific American FRONTIERS television series; New Jersey Department of Education High School Proficiencies, Smithsonian Institution Ocean Planet Exhibit, Zoological Society of Philadelphia, New Jersey DEP, Rutgers University Technology for Children program
2008, Environmental Education Award - Monmouth County Park System
2007, Citation - Sea World
2005, Outstanding Administrator Award - Brookdale College
2005, Outstanding Marine Educator - NJ Marine Education Association
2005, 2001, 1998, 1995 Educational Excellence Awards, Brookdale College Foundation
1995, Environmental Quality Award, USEPA
1995, Educator of the Year, Alliance of Environmental Educators
1995, Pledge and a Promise Citation, Anheuser-Busch Corporation
1994, Innovative Environmental Programming, Monmouth County Park System
1994, Conservation Award, Audubon Society
1994, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History Citation
1993, Victor Grossinger Award for Environmental Education
1993, Water Resources Association Education Award
Former residences, personal favorites, etc:
The Grants at Sandy Hook
Birthplace: Germany "Natura il fece, e poi ruppe la stampa."
First home in the states.
First home at Sandy Hook.
Five generations of the Grant family at Sandy Hook. Motto: "Stand Fast"
Best movies: A Fish called Wanda, Life of Brian, and any baseball movie with Susan Sarandon.
Best (early) foreign movies: Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) Starring: David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave; Big Deal on Madonna Street (Italian), The Stewards (British)
Best seasickness scene: Anthony Quinn in Zorba
Most over-rated movie: Forrest Gump
Latest over-rated movie: Brokeback Mountain ("Who'd pay to see a cowboy movie without John Wayne in it?")
Book everyone should read (Especially university presidents) West With The Night (Beryl Markham)
Best symphony music: Under the Southern Cross (Rodgers)
Best bumper sticker (On a pickup truck in logging country in Washington State.)
"Are you an environmentalist or do you work for a living?"
Best tirade in a movie: (From Monty Python's Life of Brian): "Reg" - At the meeting of the People's Front of Judea...
"Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and pubkic health;
what have the Romans ever done for us?"
Good Proverb: "The prophet is not without honor, save in his own county."
Best played the loud: Werewolves of London; Grizzly Bear (Youngbloods)
Best Country album: Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Best Western album: Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Best voices: Emmylou Harris, John Anderson
Best arrangements: Buffalo Springfield - Retrospective
Most overdue theme: Goodbye Earl (Dixie Chicks)
Most overdue quote of 2006 "We are smarter than the people leading us."
Best quote by a teacher - 2005: "If your mother is still driving you to school, you are not a gangsta';
so pull up your pants, tuck in your shirt, and get to class."
Best botany quote: "Physicists, chemists, biologists and even mathematicians represent in the public mind the
potential to do good - or great evil. But you don't expect botanists to win the Nobel Prize and...you don't
expect them to destroy the world one day." (Karl Sabbagh - A Rum Affair)
Best chemistry quote: "The human nose is the most sensitive chemical instrument known." - Emil Fisher
Good school quote: "Academic institutuions have always been nests of vipers...who among the snakes would
not have seized the new opportunities offered by simply filling in a form and checking who your
great-great-great grandfather was?" (Christopher Hale)
Best travel book: Les Enfants du capitaine Grant, "The Children of Captain Grant" Jules Verne
Grant Family Obelisk at Corimany, Scotland:
"Here lies what was mortal of James Grant, Esq., the last of the Grant's of Corimony. Born 13th April 1743, Died 12th of September 1835"
Last laird of that glen...an honorable advocate, and author of
"The Origin of the Gael - Essays on the Origin of Society."
Interests: Sailing, surfing, diving, biking, photography, artolatry.
Member: Sons of the American Revolution
Current Project: Writing a book about the dog owned by Abraham Lincoln's doctor.
*Motto: "No one will attack me with impunity."
(Translationem vulgarus: "It's like spitting at a fan...It will come right back at you.")
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