Curriculum Vitae

E-mail: andrew.blitman@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Master of Professional Science (MPS) in Marine Affairs at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Key Biscayne, FL, May 2014

Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs, Minors in Biology, Geology, and Psychology, at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

INTERNSHIP REPORT/MASTERS PROJECT

Blitman, Andrew (2014). “A Multifaceted Comparison of Highly Migratory Species Regulation in the Caribbean (the United States, the Bahamas, and Jamaica)”.

  • A scientific paper that assesses and compares the conservation policies that protect billfish – marlin, sailfish, and swordfish – in the United States, the Bahamas, and Jamaica. Through the use of ArcGIS and a matrix/checklist of 78 distinct criteria, I determine which of the three countries could serve best as a model for highly migratory species regulation in the Caribbean region.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Universal Aid for Children in Ukraine, http://www.uacukraine.org, Miami, FL

Administrative Assistant and Communications Coordinator8/2016  – Present

• Develop content/posts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Hootsuite to raise funds and humanitarian aid for orphans, refugees, and teenage students in Ukraine
• Manage all social media accounts
• Create materials to deliver UAC’s message to the public (i.e. brochures)
• Receive and manage all mail and parcels sent to UAC
• Prepare and mail thank you letters in a timely manner
• Run office-related errands (i.e. Post Office)
• Tend to all other duties as requested by the Executive Director

Museum of Discovery and Science, http://www.mods.org, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Docent/Museum Explainer, 12/2016 – Present

• Narrate the contents of exhibits and programs to museum guests, rotating between exhibits on a shift-to-shift basis
• Operate the 7-Dimensional Theater attraction, which has mechanized chairs that interact with a 3D movie and various special effects
• Kindly maintain order when crowds of various ages and sizes explore the exhibits
• Provide customer service by answering the questions of visitors in a cordial and prompt manner, referring them to the department best suited to addressing their needs

Andrew Blitman Tutoring, http://andrewblitmantutoring.com, Cooper City, FL

Founder, Tutor, Webmaster, 6/2014-Present

  • Built academic tutoring service from scratch
  • Designed and implemented my own innovative business model
  • Breathed life into an active business that serves Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties
  • Launched official website and Facebook page that are monitored and updated daily
  • Specialties are English, Math (up to Algebra II), Science, and SAT Prep
  • Accommodates all ages and special needs

The Written Blit, http://writtenblit.wordpress.com

Founder, Editor, Moderator, Head Writer, 5/2012-10/2016

  • Created, designed, edited, and formatted own personal blog and turned it into public website
  • The website, which as of May 2014 had more than 200 posts, received 30,000+ organic (not viral) views over 2 years
  • Attracted over 600 followers, including 400+ on WordPress, 200+ on Facebook, and 30+ on Twitter

Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities (CLEO Institute), Pinecrest, FL

Communications Intern, 6/2014-8/2014

  • Launched and managed the CLEO Institute blog by uploading videos and typing up posts every two weeks
  • Managed the Twitter and Facebook pages for the CLEO Institute to promote posts

Dan Marino Foundation Marino Campus, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Summer Discovery Camp – Counselor, 6/2014-8/2014

  • Engaged 8 to 15 youths (a number that varied each week for 7 weeks) with special needs (between the ages of 13 and 23) on a daily basis in art, sport, and social activities, as well as on numerous weekly field trips
  • Balanced fun with safety while tailoring my counseling style to the needs of my supervisors and to the individual campers themselves

Dan Marino Foundation Marino Campus, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Academic Mentor and Club Advisor, 5/2014-7/2014

  • At a college for students with special needs, took notes in classes and acted as a personal tutor for students who requested my assistance
  • Coordinated a newsletter club and worked together with a team of students to design a yearbook for the first graduation ceremony in the school’s history
  • Created and presented a Power Point about the history and purpose of writing, which was then shared with students and faculty of the Marino Campus

The Billfish Foundation (TBF), http://www.billfish.org, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Graduate Student Intern 5/2012-1/1/2014

  • Led year-long interdisciplinary study of highly migratory species regulations (affecting billfish in particular) in the Caribbean in cooperation with TBF and the University of Miami
    − Study commissioned by TBF to guide future policy efforts in the region
    − Used ArcGIS to plot the geographic distribution of twenty-three years of TBF tagging records in the waters of the US, the Bahamas, and Jamaica
    − Devised and implemented criteria for comparing and quantifying the effectiveness of their respective fishery management plans
    − Research culminated in a paper that was presented at the 2015 ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California
  • Authored five articles for Sailfish and Spearfish magazines, which made dense topics such as billfish paleontology and hurricane formation accessible to TBF’s young readers

 

 

University of Miami, Newspaper, Coral Gables, FL

Opinion/Science Columnist, 8/2008-11/2012

  • Submitted commentary pieces that challenged the college lifestyle as well as articles about science

Everglades National Park and RSMAS, Coral Gables, FL

Fisheries Survey Intern, 5/2011-7/2011

  • Recorded and transferred National Park Service survey results on paper and then converted them into an Excel spreadsheet format
  • Helped RSMAS Professor, Dr. Liana McManus, finish her research before the August 2011 deadline

U R Awesome, Inc., Coral Gables, FL

Great Give Away 2010 Campus Liaison, 9/2010-11/17/2010

  • Designed an inventory accountability checklist for T-shirt distribution
  • Gave input as to how the event should be conducted as part of leadership board
  • Collected, sorted, and distributed clothing and hygiene kits to homeless citizens of downtown Miami

University of Miami, RSMAS, Key Biscayne, FL

Research Assistant, 6/05-7/05

  • Collected data on wild billfish and tuna populations
  • Organized research for a graduate student working on her senior thesis

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

UM-NSU CARD (University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities)

Constituency Board Member, 7/2011-Present

• I represent the Broward County constituency of the program. The goal of CARD is to provide psychological, medical, and educational assistance to families of people diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders as well as to people afflicted with the condition.

University of Miami Butler Center for Student Involvement, Coral Gables, FL

Student Advisory Board, 8/2011-4/2012

  • Managed finances for the Butler Center, which oversaw the financial stability of the University of Miami’s community service organizations, by voting to fund or not fund their events

University of Miami Random Acts of Kindness (Student Organization), Coral Gables, FL

Leadership Board (1/2009-5/2012)

Vice President (8/2011-5/2012)

Member of the Small Events Management Committee (8/2010-5/2011)

  • Coordinated spontaneous RAK events like free hugs at the center of campus or dance parties at the Whitten University Center

Member of the Communications Board

  • Designed posters and created promotions for upcoming events

Member of the Large Events Committee

  • Coordinated large RAK events like Hug the Lake

Site leader for Hug the Lake

  • Oversaw groups of 20-30 people and distributed T-shirts to those in my section

AWARDS, CERTIFICATIONS, AND HONORS

  • Provost’s Honor Roll-Spring 2009
  • Dean’s List-Fall 2008
  • University Scholarship Winner
  • MPS Scholarship
  • Cooper Fellowship – Certified Climate Change Communicator
  • PADI SCUBA Certified

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • ArcGIS
  • WordPress, Blogger
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • CreateSpace, Amazon Publisher

BOOKS

Blitman, Andrew (2013). Birthright 2012: A Voyage into the Heart and Soul of Israel. Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Birthright-2012-Voyage-Heart-Israel/dp/1492312886

Blitman, Andrew (2012). From the Blogosphere: Philosophy from My College YearsAmazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com/From-Blogosphere-Philosophy-College-Years/dp/0615753310

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Blitman, Andrew (2012). “Anatomy of a Hurricane.” Sailfish Magazine. Volume 11. August Page 11. http://www.billfish.org/magazine/sailfish-magazine-6/#pages/11

Blitman, Andrew (2011). “Being Kind Can Change Lives.” The Miami Hurricane. 19 September 2011. http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2011/09/19/being-kind-can-change-lives/

Blitman, Andrew (2008). “Croc Killing Shows Brutality on Campus.” The Miami Hurricane. 8 October 2008. http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2008/10/08/a-murder-on-campus/

Blitman, Andrew (2011). “In Defense of Education – Welcome to UM”. The Miami Hurricane. 21 August 2011. http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2011/08/21/in-defense-of-education%E2%80%94welcome-to-um/

Blitman, Andrew (2012). “Letter to the Editor: Adderall Abuse Sets ADD Patients Back”. 14 November 2012. http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2012/11/14/letter-to-the-editor-adderall-abuse-sets-add-patients-back/

Blitman, Andrew (2011). “Love, Sex Shouldn’t Be Free”. The Miami Hurricane. 28 September 2011. http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2011/09/28/love-sex-shouldnt-be-free/

Blitman, Andrew (2012). “Persistence, Hard Work Can Lead to Kindness”. The Miami Hurricane. 12 April 2012. http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2012/04/12/persistence-hard-work-can-lead-to-kindness/

Blitman, Andrew (2012). “Random Hookups Devalue Concept of Love”. The Miami Hurricane. 25 March 2012. http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2012/03/25/random-hookups-devalue-concept-of-love/

Blitman, Andrew (2012). “Reeling You In: Billfish in Popular Culture”. Sailfish Magazine. Volume 11. August 2012. Page 3. http://www.billfish.org/magazine/sailfish-magazine-6/#pages/3

Blitman, Andrew (2012). “Sharks of the Devonian”. RSMAS Bloghttp://www.rsmas.miami.edu/blog/2012/09/14/sharks-of-the-devonian/

Blitman, Andrew (2014). “The Evolution of Billfish”. Sailfish Magazine. Volume 12. March Page 7. http://www.billfish.org/magazine/sailfish-12/#pages/7

Blitman, Andrew (2008). “The Tale of the Ibis”. The Miami Hurricane. 26 October 2008. http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2008/10/26/the-tale-of-the-ibis/

Blitman, Andrew (2014). “What Do Buddhists and Jews Have in Common – A Lot”. New Voices. http://newvoices.org/2014/05/09/jewbu/

ARTICLES ABOUT ME

Book Preview Club (2014). “Birthright 2012: A Voyage into the Heart and Soul of Israel”. BookPreviewClub.com. http://bookpreviewclub.com/project/birthright-2012-a-voyage-into-the-heart-and-soul-of-israel/

Carmona, Sergio (2013). “Birthright Inspiration”. Florida Jewish Journal – Sun Sentinelhttp://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-04-02/florida-jewish-journal/fl-jjdc-book-0403-20130402_1_self-published-book-book-highlights-trip

RSMAS Blog (2013). “MPS Alum Publishes Book about His Journey to Israel.” RSMAS Blog. http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/blog/2013/02/11/mps-alum-publishes-book-about-his-journey-to-israel/