COSEE-New England
The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

June 8, 2007

vol 4, no 2

Reflecting the growing interest in and need for an exchange of ocean science education information in the New England region, we have merged NEwswave with our publication Notes.  NEwswave will now be coming to you every other week. And, in addition to updates on COSEE-NE activities, NEwswave now includes links to resources of interest to the New England ocean science education community. Please send announcements and news to the editor, Catherine Cramer
In This Issue
Policy Updates
Announcements, Reports and Publications
Online Ocean Education Resources
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Jobs in New England
Student Opportunities
TYS Nahant

Telling Your Story at Northeastern's Marine Science Center COSEE-NE's workshop Telling Your Story helps ocean scientists develop successful new ways of bringing the story of their career and their research into the classroom.  Read about the most recent workshop here.

OSEI Update COSEE-NE's Ocean Science Education Institute (OSEI) brings ocean scientists and educators together to create new curriculum. This successful program is now entering its fifth year. Read more about this year's OSEI here

COSEE-NE at NMEA Conference COSEE-NE will be very much a presence during the upcoming annual NMEA conference, Downeast 2007. Team members are coordinating a session demonstrating connections between scientists and teachers, and will be giving a presentation on Telling Your Story. In addition, we have helped coordinate a NEOSEC meeting before the start of the conference, and we are working on organizing an informal discussion about floating classroom curricula. 

Policy  Updates

A hearing on the proposed Massachusetts ocean management bill will be held on June 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Gardner Auditorium of the State House before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture. The bill would authorize the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (in coordination with state agencies and stakeholders) to create an ocean management plan for state waters. For those that cannot attend the hearing, written testimony may be sent to the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Room 473-F, State House, Boston, MA 02133. For more information on the bill, visit here.

IOOS Bill Introduced in the House Representative Tom Allen (D-ME) introduced HR 2342, the National Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2007.  The bill would establish a National Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (NICOOS) to gather and disseminate coastal and ocean data to support a breath of uses including marine commerce and ecosystem-based marine and coastal resource management. Additional information can be found on Congressman Allen's website

Announcements, Reports and Publications

NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Condition  Report has been released. This first-ever report card on the status of sanctuary resources can be accessed on the sanctuary website.

Cyberinfrastructure for Ocean Observatories A national consortium of oceanographic institutions has chosen UC San Diego to receive a $29 million award to create a computer cyberinfrastructure that will enable a vast network of ocean-observing instruments to communicate with scientists, students, and members of the general public. Read more.

Scientists Discover New Life in Antarctic Deep Sea Scientists have found hundreds of new marine creatures in the vast, deep sea surrounding Antarctica, according to report published in Nature. Carnivorous sponges, free-swimming worms, crustaceans, and mollusks living in the Weddell Sea provide new insights into the evolution of ocean life. For further information visit online.

Research Reveals Southern Ocean Carbon Sink is Weakened A recently study published in the journal Science concludes that the Antarctica Southern Ocean carbon dioxide sink has weakened over the past 25 years and will be less efficient in the future.  A four-year study by scientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA), British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry suggests that stabilization of atmospheric CO2 is even more difficult to achieve than previously thought. Read the
BBC News report.
Online Ocean Education Resources
New Seafloor Maps The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has mapped the seafloor of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and western Massachusetts Bay, offshore of Boston. The new maps are now available online.

Marine Biology Website is a non-profit, volunteer organization of marine biologists, students, professors, and conservation advocates working to share the wonders of the ocean realm. The website
includes links to marine biology news, research, species information, photo galleries, and more.

Webcam at NEAq The Giant Ocean Tank webcam
at NEAq is operating again, upgraded to full video. Check out the resident sharks, turtles, and tuna!

Sea Grant Documents The new Sea Grant acquisitions list for May 2007 is now available.
Copies of these documents are usually available from the originating Sea Grant program or may be borrowed from the National Sea Grant Library.    

COSEE-West Online The COSEE-West website 
offers a rich and diverse set of resources for teachers interested in bringing ocean sciences into the classroom.  Some of the free available resources include online streaming video lectures and ocean science animations.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Windows on the Microbial World Middle and high school science teachers in the Boston area are invited to participate in Windows to the Invisible Microbial World Summer Teacher Workshop, June 25-27, 9 am - 4 pm, at Harvard University, sponsored by the Harvard Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI). For applications visit online. MSI faculty will present lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and lab experiences. Applications are due Monday, June 11.

The Watershed-Integrated Sciences Partnership at UMass Boston (WISP) is offering its annual Environmental Science Content Institute (ESCI), June 25-29, 2007 at UMassBoston and local environments. Over 75% of the middle school science frameworks will be offered by seven UMassBoston professors; activities include field experiences at Blue Hills, Neponset River, Salt Marsh, and Lovells Island; plus connections with high-quality resources and the environmental education network. Contact John Lewis or visit the WISP website for more information.

Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration NOAA's Ocean Exploration Program will provide a professional development workshop for educators in July in conjunction with the National Marine Educators Association 2007 Conference, July 23, 2007 in Portland Maine.The workshop is offered to grade 5-12 science teachers and other educators interested in ocean exploration. Registration is free, but pre-registration is required and space is limited.The deadline for registration is July 9, 2007. For more information contact Dr. Valerie Chase.

Jobs in New England

Lead Visitor Program Naturalist Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire has an opening for a Lead Visitor Program Naturalist. This is a year round, benefits eligible, part-time position. As the staff person responsible for ensuring that the Center's guests have an enjoyable, informative experience, the Lead Visitor Program Naturalist must be able to apply a creative and innovative approach to the development and implementation of the Center's public programs. The Lead Visitor Program Naturalist must exhibit good communication and interpersonal skills so that they may effectively and interact with public audiences and encourage and direct the Center's Interpreter staff as they work together to upgrade and improve public programs. Visit the Center website for more information. Send cover letter and resume to: Perrin Cothran Chick, Education Director, SeacoastScienceCenter, 570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870

Right Whale Research at New England Aquarium Learn about the latest right whale research happening at the New England Aquarium. Rosalind Rolland will give a lecture - Right Whales, Detection Dogs and the Urban Ocean - on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 PM in the Harborside Learning Lab, New England Aquarium. The lecture is free and open to the public but you are asked to please pre-register.

Lectures at URI Metcalf Institute's Annual Public Lecture Series takes place in the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the URI Narrangansett Bay Campus, 218 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island,
June 11-15, 2007, and is free and open to the public. Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across is the title of the Ninth Annual Public Lecture Series.

All-Day Excursion Tickets are still available for the upcoming all-day marine adventure "Seabird & Whale Tales" scheduled for Sunday, June 10th from 8 am - 6 pm. This trip is a fundraising event for the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, a non-profit environmental organization based in southeastern Massachusetts. More information is available online.

Taking the Pulse of the Ocean COSEE-Mid-Atlantic invites you to the Taking the Pulse of the Ocean conference, being held July 9-13 at the University of Maryland Horn Point Laboratory. The goal of the conference is to share information on the use of observing systems in the classroom and will focus on topics associated with the global and coastal ocean. Visit online for more information and registration.
Student Opportunities

New England Aquarium's Harbor Discoveries is an interactive marine and environmental science program that incorporates traditional camp activities. Some scholarships are still available in the two-week (advanced level) program. Visit online or contact Heather Deschenes for more information.

Sea Education Association High School Summer Seminars still have room.
, based in Woods Hole, MA, offers three distinct three-week-long programs for high school students interested in the sea, science, sailing, and in search of adventure. Modeled after SEA's innovative college program, SEA Semester, the high school summer seminars consist of a Shore and Sea Component. Read more.

COSEE-NE Curriculum Published in Science Scope

COSEE-NE's program  Ocean Science Education Institute (OSEI), now in its fifth year, helps ocean scientists and educators collaborate on developing classroom resources that use current ocean science research. Recently, curriculum on waves and tsunamis was published in the NSTA journal Science Scope. And it's available online for free!

Celebrate World Ocean Day!

June is National Ocean Month and today, June 8, is World Ocean Day!  Celebrate by joining The College of Exploration's Online Ocean Festival. This collaborative site will feature all of your ocean-related contributions to create
a world map and global snapshot of the ocean on World Ocean Day June 8, 2007.

Podcast of Note

Ocean Currents, with host Jennifer Stock of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, dives into the depths and reveals the amazing science and mysteries that marine biologists are discovering in the oceans, especially within national marine sanctuaries. Listen to the podcast.

Ocean News Digest

Breaking Waves is a daily digest of ocean news from more than 200 media sources around the world compiled by the World Ocean Observatory.

Encyclopedia of Life

The Marine Biological Laboratory is among the world's leading scientific institutions who recently announced the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life, an unprecedented global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. 

Wetsuit Special!

The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) is selling  wetsuits at a 40% discount. This is a way to raise funds to help the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) and GOMMEA support marine education and help educators attend the annual NMEA conference. If you have interest in purchasing a wetsuit, contact Sharon Meeker

Science Question Writers Needed

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is looking for writers for buzzer and team challenge questions for the 2008 NOSB competitions. For more information contact Henry Hope.

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