COSEE-New England
The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

November 1, 2007

vol 4, no 10

In This Issue
Reports, Publications and Announcements
Online Ocean Education Resources
Policy Updates
Jobs in New England
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Student Opportunities
NEwswave Schedule

neaq whale
Calvin, New England Aquarium's 42-foot inflatable whale, is one of the invited guests for Mass Ocean Day. Photo courtesy of Lisa Savidant.

COSEE-NE at Massachusetts Ocean Day
COSEE-NE and the New England Aquarium will join almost 30 other ocean-oriented organizations at Massachusetts State House on Thursday, November 15 for Ocean Day. The event is open to the public and legislators as they consider the Massachusetts Ocean Act. For more information about Ocean Day and the Ocean Act, visit online
Reports, Publications and Announcements

National Action Plan for STEM Education On October 3 at the U.S. Capitol the National Science Board (NSB) unveiled their national action plan for 21st century STEM education. Key recommendations include the formation of an independent, non-Federal National Council for STEM Education; voluntary national STEM content guidelines; alignment of STEM learning across grade levels; and increased STEM teacher compensation. Read the entire report.

PKAL Award from NSF The National Science Foundation has awarded Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) a grant to pilot a National STEM Faculty Development project
. This will be an eighteen-month effort to determine what works in collaborating with formal networks committed to adapting, implementing, and assessing contemporary research-based approaches to strengthen student learning in STEM fields. This project is part of PKAL's continuing effort to identify, nurture, and support leaders taking responsibility for shaping robust undergraduate STEM learning environments. Read more online.

Ecosystems-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network News The EBM Tools Network is an alliance of EBM tool developers, practitioners, and training providers whose goals is to develop EBM tools and support their use in coastal and marine environments and the terrestrial environments that affect them (watersheds).The latest news from the EBM Tools Network, including new tools, sources of information about EBM tools, current events and funding opportunities, is available online.
Online Ocean Education Resources

Discovery of Sound in the Sea The URI Office of Marine Programs has launched a new version of the Discovery of Sound in the Sea website, an online resource about the science and use of sound in the ocean. In addition to new content and updates throughout the site, there is a new main section of Media Resources that is also appropriate for educators and students. There are also new on-line tutorials on the science of sound and the effects of sound on marine mammals that lead the visitor through a guided sequence of content. Visit the website.
 Policy  Updates

Ocean Exploration and Research Bill Approval
The House Energy and Environment Subcommittee approved a bill (HR 1834
) to authorize the Ocean Exploration Program and the National Undersea Research Program. The measure, approved by voice vote without amendment, would authorize more than $486 million for ocean exploration and $265 million for undersea research programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through 2017. Both programs are well established but have previously operated without formal authorization. The bill has been forwarded to the full Committee on Natural Resources.

Global Warming and Acidification Coastal and Ocean Resiliency Act Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, introduced the Global Warming and Acidification Coastal and Ocean Resiliency Act (S. 2211
). The main objectives of the bill are to: set new national strategies to address climate change's impact on wildlife and oceans; create advisory panels to share scientific research advice; and provide resources to help states protect wildlife and marine ecosystems.

Exploration and Research Bills Head to House Floor The House Science and Technology Committee approved by voice vote a measure to formally establish ocean exploration and undersea research programs at NOAA. Sponsored by Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), H.R. 1834
would authorize $486 million for ocean exploration and $265 million for undersea research between 2008 and 2017. The Natural Resources Committee approved the bill by voice vote with no amendments in June.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

New England Aquarium Openings Two positions in the Education Department of the New England Aquarium are now open; the full job descriptions are available on the website. The openings are for: Coordinator of Student and Family Programs and Program Educator.

COSEE Pacific Partnerships Project Coordinator The University of Oregon's Institute of Marine Biology has an opening for the COSEE Pacific Partnerships Coordinator. The complete position announcement can be found online.

Marine Educators Florida Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp in Big Pine Key, FL is looking for marine science instructors and interns for the spring and summer 2008 seasons. Reply to  for more information.

Sea Center Programs Coordinator California The Ty Warner Sea Center at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History seeks a program coordinator. For more information about the center and the position visit online.

Education Specialists Alabama
The Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is looking for two education specialists. One opening focuses on restoration and field studies, and the other focuses on information tecnology. Visit the
website for more information. 

Marine Science Educator Florida The Mote Marine Laboratory Center for School and Public Programs in Sarasota, FL has an opening for a marine science educator. For more information contact
Jim Wharton.


NMEA Strategic Plan
The NMEA Board seeks comments on the strategic plan to guide NMEA over the next 3-5 years. Comments by all NMEA members are welcome and can be placed on
Survey Monkey. If you have any problems gaining access to the survey, contact Justine Glynn. Deadline for comments is TOMORROW, Friday November 2.

NSTA Initiative The NSTA has launched an initiative to  encourage Congress to make science a required component of the adequate yearly progress measure under Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act, called Make Science Count. To find out more, visit

NOAA Marine Mammal Research Regulations
NOAA is soliciting public comments on regulations that govern the issuance of permits for scientific research and enhancement activities involving marine mammals. The deadline for submiting comments has been extended to December 13, 2007.
For more information, read the
Federal Register notice, or contact

CSO Volunteers The Coastal States Organization (CSO)
is looking for volunteers to serve on a Coastal Resiliency Steering Committee. The primary function of the Steering Committee will be to guide the development of a white paper examining the potential for coastal resilience to be used as a measure of the Coastal Zone Management Act. The Committee will convene via conference call approximately every 4 to 8 weeks, and will terminate by September 30, 2008.  Interested volunteers should contact Kim Collini.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

NOAA Seminar on the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt Dr. Dan Seidov (NODC)will deliver a seminar, Inter-Basin Freshwater Disparity and Ocean Thermohaline Circulation, on Thursday, November 15 2007, from 11:00 - 12:00 EST. For more information contact Hernan Garcia. VideoTeleConferencing will be available for this seminar.

Tropical Coastal Systems and New England The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation at Antioch University New England will present the symposium Coastal Connections: Linking Research and Education in Tropical Coastal Systems on Saturday, November 3 2007, 8:30 A.M - 5:00 P.M. For more information contact Christine Gleason or visit online.

WhaleNet Summer Classes Information on Summer 2008 opportunities for field study in marine science courses for educators, undergraduates, and supervised high school classes is available from WhaleNet online

NSTA 2008-2009 Conferences Proposals are invited for next year's NSTA conferences. Area conferences in 2008 include Charlotte, North Carolina (Oct. 30-Nov. 1); Portland, Oregon (Nov. 20-22); and Cincinnati, Ohio (Dec. 4-6). In 2009 NSTA will hold its national conference in New Orleans, LA (March 19-22). Deadlines for submissions are January 15, 2008, for the 2008 area conferences, and April 15, 2008, for the New Orleans National Conference. For more information, visit the conferences area
of the NSTA website.
Student Opportunities

Environmental Education Intern Rhode Island The Ocean State EE Collaborative AmeriCorps Program is looking for full-time interns to provide environmental education to local schools. The Environmental Collaborative is an association of four environmental organizations: Save The Bay, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Groundwork Providence, and Roger Williams Park Zoo. The members placed at each site create and implement a variety of experiential education programs all over the state. This is a one-year commitment, from January to December 2008. For more information contact Kate Douton  or visit the AmeriCorps website.

Marine Educator Intern
Herring Gut Learning Center, an aquaculture and marine science education center located in Port Clyde, Maine, seeks an intern to assist in the development and instruction of marine science and aquaculture outreach and summer camp programs, and for the acquisition, care, and maintenance of the marine specimens necessary to implement these programs and activities. The internship is from January 7, 2008 through August 22, 2008. For more information, visit the
website or contact Maryanne Vanasse.

AmeriCorps Positions at Alaska SeaLife Center The Alaska SeaLife Center is offering six-month positions through AmeriCorps in the Education Department. These positions require a minimum commitment of 900 hours between February and August. For full job description and to obtain an application, visit the AmeriCorps website. You will also find a direct link to this posting on the Alaska SeaLife Center's website on the volunteer page. For further information, please contact Jenelle Gilding.

Internship Washington DC The Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) is looking for a policy intern in its Government Affairs office located in Washington DC, commencing in January 2008 and ending in May or June 2008. The DC office of MCBI works on policy research and advocacy on a variety of marine issues, including preserving Hawaii's marine ecosystems, deep sea corals and seamounts conservation, marine protected areas such as marine sanctuaries, and combating destructive fishing practices such as bottom trawling. Prospective interns should have an interest and background in U.S. law, environmental policy, or oceans management and should be college graduates or graduate students. For more information visit

We are happy to include events from around the New England region. If you would like your organization's event published here, please send the information to the editor, Catherine Cramer. Thanks!

Northeastern Lecture Series
The Northeastern University Marine Science Center presents
Dr. John D. Crawford, Senior Scientist at the Initiative on Marine Ecosystem Conservation, who will talk about the waters off New England and ongoing efforts to restore the ecological health of the region. He will discuss the important role that ocean conservation areas can play in the recovery of ocean wildlife populations and the resilience of ecosystems. The lecture is on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007, 7:00 p.m., at the Marine Science Center, 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA. For more information visit online.

Science Education Conversation Dr. Bruce Fuchs, Director of the Office of Science Education at the National Institutes of Health, will lead a conversation, Charting a Course for Science and Math Education on Wednesday November 7, 4-6 PM, at ATMC, 151 Martine Street, Fall River. For more information contact Michele Hathaway  or Lee Blake. Sponsored by the South Coast Education Compact.

Ocean Motion Program for Families Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion will be presented at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 pm. Join author Loree Griffin Burn as she tells the story of scientists who track trash spilled into the ocean, such as sneakers and rubber ducks that have drifted thousands of miles, from the Pacific into the Atlantic. Find out what they've discovered and how they're using this science. For more information visit the museum website.
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent November 15, 2007. Please send announcements and news to the editor, Catherine Cramer.
Include Your News in NEwswave!
Send news and announcements of interest to the New England Ocean Science Education community to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

Website of Note
Visit ScienceHack, a video-hosting site for the sciences,  currently holding 600 videos and growing. A news section has just been added,
 where users can submit news articles and videos, comment on them and vote for them. The developer plans on the site becoming a robust and widespread resource of scientific media.



Featured Podcasts
Lab Out Loud: NSTA Podcast Series
 NSTA recently launched Lab Out Loud, a bi-weekly series in which science news and science education is discussed with researchers, science writers and other  figures in the field. To tune in, visit online.

Sea Grant Documents
The Sea Grant acquisitions list for September 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 National Sea Grant Library Many of these titles are also available online (or will be in the near future). 

NSTA Comes to Boston
The NSTA National Conference on Science Education will be in Boston, March 28-30, 2008.
Registration is now open.

For more information visit the NSTA website


SeaStories Online
The Autumnal 2007 issue of SeaStories is now available online.
SeaStories is now also accepting music submissions, including original vocal and/or instrumental songs inspired by the sea. Submissions should be in mp3 format.

New from Oceanus
Will the Ocean Circulation Be Unbroken?
The atmosphere and oceans are intricately linked; nowhere is that better demonstrated than in the North Atlantic Ocean, where current systems carry vast volumes of warm and cold water into and out of the region to create a critical turnaround point in the global circulation of the oceans.

A New Way to Monitor Changes in the Arctic

Ice-Tethered Profilers go with the floe, relaying daily data from the ice-covered ocean

A Mysterious Disease Afflicts Lobster Shells
Are Pollutants Disrupting Marine Ecosystems?


Gulf of Maine Times

The Fall 2007 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times is now available online.

SeaWeb  Ocean Update
SeaWeb Ocean Update has just published a new issue. To view, visit online.

SeaWeb's Marine Science Review
on climate and climate change has just been published and is available here

To view all of SeaWeb's reports, incuding new reports on fisheries, visit here.

Gulf of Maine Monitor
For access to ocean observing research and issues in the Gulf of Maine,
read the Gulf of Maine Monitor, published quarterly by the UNH Coastal Ocean Observing Center and free of charge. Subscribe online.

Mass Bays Newsletter
Massachusetts Bays Window,
the quarterly eNewsletter from the Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP), is now online. This issue features a piece on the rapid assessment survey for invasive species conducted along the Commonwealth's coast in July. To receive future issues, send a blank email.


Include Your News in NEwswave
Send your news and announcements of interest to the New England ocean science education community to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

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