After several years devoted to planning a national conference, the year’s SAME meeting will include professional development and other fun standards from previous years. Ms. Jill Hendon, a research scientist with the GCRL Center for Fisheries Research and Development, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday afternoon. You can learn more about Jill’s varied interests in sharks and education from this well-timed newsletter article: http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/news/hendon.jill.shark.research.php. GCRL educators will guide you through classroom activities developed in association with the Shark Lab to engage your students. Other activities include learning experiences in the field (sponsored by Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium), the regular business meeting, and evening social events.