COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

January 24, 2008

vol 5, no 2

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

NEwswave Archive NEwswave is now archived! To see past issues, please visit here.

NEOSEC at NSTA Members of NEOSEC will be making a presentation during NSTA Boston, titled The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC): A Partnership to Promote Ocean Science Literacy. The presenters are Diana Payne, Lauren Rader, and JB Kavaliauskas. The session, #1453, will be held Saturday, March 29, from 11am-noon at the Boston Marriot Copley Place. To read the abstract, visit here. For more information about the conference, visit here.

NEOSEC Meeting Notes The notes from the December 2007 meeting of NEOSEC are available here.
Reports, Publications and Announcements

NOAA Extension Outreach and Education Working Group
A draft report to the National Science Board by the
NOAA Extension Outreach and Education Working Group has been published. Read the report here. Comments on the report are encouraged, and should be made by February 15. The Federal Notice soliciting comments on the report may be read here.

National Science Board Indicators The National Science Board recently delivered to the President and the Congress Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 (SEI'08), the Board's biennial report on the state of science and engineering research and education in the United States. Called the "gold standard," it is the most comprehensive source of information on research and development conducted by universities, industry, the federal government and the international science and engineering enterprise. Read the NSF summary.
Read the Digest of Key Science and Engineering Indicators 2008.

NSF Math and Science Partnership Due Date
The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the mathematics and science performance of diverse student populations. The Letter of Intent due date is February 18. For more information visit online.

Massachusetts Cape and Island Directory
The January 2008 edition of the Directory of Cape & Islands Coastal Outreach Organizations is now available. The latest version, published by WHOI Sea Grant, includes several new organizations as well as updates for the majority of existing groups, many with new e-mail and web addresses. Visit here. If you have any questions or comments, contact Sheri DeRosa.

New Home for DLESE The National Science Foundation formally announced the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) as the new host for the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE). The press release for this announcement can be found online. As in the past, questions about DLESE or its collections should be directed to

National Endangered Species Day Marine educators are encouraged to participate in the third annual Endangered Species Day, scheduled for May 16, 2008. There are a variety of potential marine educational opportunities available, including class discussions, field trips, special speakers and displays. For additional information and resource materials, visit online.
Online Ocean Education Resources

Free Resources from Federal Agencies
Oceans and tides are among the topics of new resources available at FREE, Federal Resources for Education Excellence. makes it easier to find teaching resources from federal agencies. Visit online.

Expanded Ocean Literacy Website The National Geographic Society has launched its expanded Environment and Ocean Literacy website.

Coral Reef Sustainability Website NOAA Ocean Exploration has launched the Bonaire 2008: Exploring Coral Reef Sustainability with New Technologies Expedition on its Ocean Explorer website. The site contains an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module (EEM) designed to reach out in new ways to teachers, students, and the general public, and share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind the mission with people around the world. Some of the resources inlcuded are: expedition purpose, lesson plans, ocean career connections, multimedia learning.

Elephant Seal Homecoming This month, approximately two thousand female elephant seals, migrating from the far reaches of the North Pacific Ocean, will lumber onto the beaches of Aņo Nuevo State Reserve to give birth to their pups. For students and teachers, the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) website features a special Elephant Seals Homecoming Days page. Through the animated map on the elephant seal page, visitors can follow ten named elephant seals back to shore. Tagging of Pacific Predators is one of 17 projects of the Census of Marine Life, and one of the sponsors of the Great Turtle Race.

Online Documentaries A new series of online educational
documentary programs,
Cetacean Investigation, uncovers the science of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the world. All videos programs are 10-20 minutes in duration and are freely distributed online in a variety of formats, and include teacher's guides and fact sheets. View the latest program Disappearing Dolphins. Visit online for more information and to view previous documentaries. 
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

New England Aquarium Camp Instructors New England Aquarium has openings for instructors and assistant instructors to work in the Harbor Discoveries summer camp. Complete job descriptions and application instructions are available online.

Youth Program Coordinator Boston/Chelsea
Chelsea Collaborative has an opening for a Green Space Community Organizer/Youth Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will work primarily with Green Space's seven-member youth Environmental Crew and will conduct community organizing on environmental issues in Chelsea.  For a complete job description visit online.

Interns in Provincetown
The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is currently recruiting for summer whale watch/marine education interns. There are several job openings. For more information, visit online.

Summer Jobs at Waquoit Bay
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has several summer job openings. For more information, visit online.

Project Director New England
Pew Chariable Trusts has an opening for Project Director for the Trusts' project to end overfishing in New England. For more information, view the job description online.

Environmental Educators Connecticut SoundWaters in Stamford has an immediate opening for an Environmental Educator to teach environmental education programs to children and adults. For more information contact Alisha Mullet.

Internships in Marine Research Maine
The Shoals Marine Lab (Cornell University and University of New Hampshire) have three paid internship programs on Appledore Island, ME (Isles of Shoals). Dates vary; see website for project details. Application deadlines in February and March, depending on program. Apply online. Course listings for summer 2008 also available online.
Shoals Marine Lab also has an opening for an administrative office manager. Visit online for more information.

Fisheries Program Director Boston Environmental Defense is seeking a Program Director to lead the New England Region Oceans Team in advancing work to restore the region's fishery resources and make sustainable fishing practices and conservation the most economically sound way of doing business. This position will be located in Boston, MA. For more information and to see the full job posting visit online.

Wetland Research Education Intern Anywhere Seeking highly motivated self-starter to manage the research component associated with the development of the U.S. National Ramsar Communications, Education and Public Awareness National Strategic Plan. The role of The Plan is to provide a framework for the effective and collaborative delivery of wetland CEPA activities across the U.S. Work from home. More information online.

Aquarium Positions North Carolina The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has both seasonal and intern positions available for summer 2008. For more information contact Andrea Hitt.

Internships Alabama The Marine Ecology Lab at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has four (two summer and two fall) internship opportunities available to qualified undergraduates looking for experience in marine ecology. For more information visit online.

Instructors San Diego Aquatic Adventures is an award winning non-profit science education organization that works with San Diego's most underserved elementary, middle and high school students to promote marine science and environmental understanding and action. They have openings for a school programs coordinator, a lead instructor and a development director. For more information, contact Jamie Weed

Onboard Instructor California The tallship American Pride is looking for onboard marine instructors. For more information visit online.

Project Manager California The Surfrider Foundation is seeking an ocean ecosystem initiative manager. Responsibilities for this position include developing, leading and executing Surfrider Foundation's Special Places Initiative. For more information visit online.

Marine Education Intern Georgia
The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service is seeking a marine education intern. More information online.
Grants and Awards

Environmental Literacy Grants for K-12 Education NOAA's Office of Education (OED) is requesting applications for environmental literacy projects in support of K-12 education. Funded projects will be between 1 and 5 years in duration and will promote changes in K-12 education to expand the amount of Earth System Science taught in the classroom and improve student learning and application of that subject. Successful projects will catalyze change in K-12 education through development of new programs and materials and/or revision of existing programs and materials and/or by supporting transformative methods that expand or lead to the expansion of the use of Earth System Science in K-12 classrooms. Projects are also encouraged to collaborate with NOAA entities as partners and/or connect to projects previously funded by NOAA's Environmental Literacy Grants. A list of previously funded projects is available online.  It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by September 15, 2008, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than November 1, 2008. Pre-proposals are REQUIRED and are due Wednesday, February 20, 2008.  Full proposals are due Wednesday, June 25, 2008. For more information visit online.

Teacher Scholarships The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts. A letter of intent is due February 28. More information available online.

Early Career Award The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum will once again give an award in honor of Dolores E. Fisher to a young woman (age 35 and under) who has a passion for the oceans and has strong, refined ocean-related career goals.  
The deadline for applying is March 15, 2008. The award honorarium is $1000 for first place. Individuals do not need to be U.S. Citizens. More detail can be found online.

Gulf of Maine Awards The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is calling for nominations for its annual Visionary and Longard Awards and the first Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award.  For more information and to download nomination forms, visit online.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Online Habitat Management Tool Demonstration
The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network is hosting a live, web-based tool demonstration of the EBM tool Habitat Priority Planner (HPP), by Danielle Bamford and Chrissa Stroh of NOAA Coastal Services Center, on Tuesday, February 5, at 2 pm EST (US & Canada). HPP is a new spatial decision support tool designed as an ArcGIS toolbar to assist resource managers, researchers, and land-use planners in prioritizing important areas in the landscape or seascape for conservation or restoration action. The tool and additional information are available online. For more information on how to sign up for the demonstration, contact Sarah Carr. Sign up for EBM Tools Network updates here.

Global and Environmental Change Course
Register for the Global and Environmental Change Education course at the  University of Rhode Island and receive 3 graduate credits. Course starts February 27 and will meet Wednesday evenings, 4-6:30 pm.  Registration must be made through the Narragansett Bay Classroom Registrar (do not register through e-Campus). See the OMP website for more information.

Metcalf's Tenth Annual Workshop
Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is accepting applications for Coastal Impacts: Tenth Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, June 8-June 13, 2008, in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Applications must be postmarked by JANUARY 28, 2008. Past workshop agendas, photo galleries and an application are available at the Metcalf Institute website.

Immersion Presents Live Broadcasts From March 2-7, 2008, Immersion Presents will present a live broadcast of an  expedition to explore the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The research conducted will cover the large variety of habitats in the sanctuary. To help educators prepare their students for the broadcasts, URI is offering three Professional Development workshops, each covering the same content. The date and locations of the workshops are:
January 26, 9AM - 3PM, Smithfield High School, Smithfield RI
February 1, 9AM - 3PM, URI Bay Campus Coastal Institute building, Narragansett RI
February 2, 9AM - 3PM, URI Bay Campus Coastal Institute building, Narragansett RI
To register for the workshop and for more information about the live broadcasts, visit online.

ARMADA Project, Research and Mentoring Experiences for Teachers
The University of Rhode Island's Office of Marine Programs is now accepting applications for the ARMADA Project - Research and Mentoring Experiences for Teachers. The ARMADA Project provides K-12 teachers an opportunity to actively participate in ocean, polar, and environmental science research and peer mentoring. Selected Master Teachers (with five or more years teaching experience) are paired with leading scientists and participate in shipboard, field, or laboratory research with all expenses paid. For more information about teacher qualifications, responsibilities, and to download an application, see the ARMADA Project website
or contact Andrea Kecskes. The application deadline is February 4, 2008.

NSTA Boston The NSTA national conference is coming to Boston in March. Among other things, a trip to Northeastern's Marine Science Center is on the agenda. To register for the conference, visit here. For a printable program preview (PDF), visit here. For general information about the conference, visit here. For information on Informal Science Day, visit here. And don't forget the NEOSEC presentation!

AAAS in Boston The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is also coming to Boston, February 14-18. Included are free family science days, exhibit halls open to the public, and reduced student rates. Visit the online site for more information.

SENEME Call The Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME) are once again hosting the Long Island Sound Educators Conference on May 2, 2008 at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, and are calling for presenters. This full day conference is focused directly on topics addressing Long Island Sound and the coastal environments. The keynote presenter for the conference is Dr. Carmela Cuomo, a lobster researcher from UNH; she will be discussing the recent history of the LIS lobster population. Please visit online for the Call for Presenters form on the SENEME website.

National Marine Educators Association Conference
NMEA 2008: One World, One Water, July 21-24, 2008 in Savannah, Georgia, will team cutting-edge research with innovative education. The program committee seeks a diverse group of presenters that includes researchers, educators, resource managers, and others to share ideas, programs, and current trends in marine and aquatic education and research.  The deadline for submission is February 1, 2008. More information online.
Student Opportunities

California Mediterranean Research Learning Center Fellowship For more information visit online.

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 Lectures
Northeastern University Marine Science Center Evening Lecture Series presents Shell Disease: A Sad Lobster Tale?, given by Dr. Michael Tlusty, Senior Scientist at New England Aquarium, Tuesday, January 29th, 7:00pm. On February 12 at 7:00pm, Dr. Matthew Bracken, Assistant Professor of Biology at Northeastern, will give a lecture on Consequences of Biodiversity Loss for Marine Ecosystems.
The Marine Science Center is at 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908. For more information contact Tracy Hajduk

Lecture at New England Aquarium
January 31, 2008, 7:00 PM in the Harborside Learning Lab,
Sarah Courchesne, DVM and Julie Ellis, PhD will present Investigating Common Eider Mortality Events on Cape Cod. The lecture is free, but pre-registration is requested online.

Franklin Park Zoo Workshop Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshop for all educators at the Franklin Park Zoo, in Dorchester, MA, Saturday February 2, 8:30am-4:30pm. All formal and non-formal K-12 educators are invited to participate in an interdisciplinary hands-on workshop focusing on terrestrial and aquatic wildlife and ecosystems. Participants will actively engage in activities, evaluate materials for unique needs and settings, share experiences with other educators, take home ideas and resources to integrate into their teaching, and make correlations to national and state content standards.  Hours may be used toward obtaining PDP's. Pre-registration is required; email For information on the zoo, visit online.

Presentation on Antarctic Research at URI An oceanographer and a teacher discuss their experiences on a recent research cruise studying the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, presented at the University of Rhode Island (URI). In November 2007, oceanographers from URI and Scripps embarked on a nearly month-long voyage that deployed moorings across Drake Passage. K. Donohue, one of the project scientists, will discuss the science behind the experiment; Mark Goldner, a science teacher who participated in the field work, will provide his perspective on life at sea. Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 4:30 pm, URI, Narragansett Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Auditorium. Also hear from Maryann Scholl, of the Office of Marine Programs, about her adventures to the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit online for registration information.
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent February 7, 2008. 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
Mapping European Seabed Habitats (MESH) Maps and images of seabed habitat, geology and biological data in the seas around Northwest Europe can now be viewed online. This huge resource has been created by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, in a five-nation project called The Development of a Framework for Mapping European Seabed Habitats, or MESH. Use of the website is free, but registration is required. Visit MESH.

Sea Level Patterns
The NSF has published images of sea level patterns generated by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. View images here.


Podcast of Note
NSF Discovery Files Podcast
A research team from Northeastern Ohio University Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy have discovered the missing link between whales and their four-footed ancestors. Listen to this short presentation here.

VideoCast of Note
Underwater Astonishments

Scientist David Gallo's presentation on beautiful underwater creatures, given at the TED conference in 2007. Watch the video.

Coral Reef Site
The World Ocean Observatory  announces the launch of their latest online event Coral Reefs

New NOAA Web Page

The "One NOAA" science discussion seminars has a new online public access web page

New from Oceanus
This series of Oceanus articles summarizes the wide range of issues raised at the The Ocean Iron Fertilization Symposium. Videos and PDF versions of presentations at the conference are available online.

Fertilizing the Ocean with Iron

Will Ocean Iron Fertilization Work?

What are the Possible Side Effects of Ocean Iron Fertilization?

Other Lines of Evidence Inform the Debate

Dumping Iron and Trading Carbon

Proposals to Transfer Excess Carbon to the Ocean



SeaWeb Publications
The latest issue of SeaWeb's Ocean Update is available here.

Other recent SeaWeb Marine Science Reviews include information on Marine Protected Areas and Reserves. Visit online
to register for SeaWeb publications.

Breaking Waves
Breaking Waves is a daily digest of ocean news from more than 200 media sources around the world compiled by the World Ocean Observatory. To subscribe or read the current issue, visit online.

New SeaGrant Publications
The Sea Grant new acquisitions list for December 2007
is available online. 
Copies of these documents are usually available from the originating Sea Grant program or may be borrowed from the National Sea Grant Library

The Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Join them for Penguins in Peril today, January 24th, from 4:30-6:30 at the Mystic Aquarium. Sarah Misslin, a penguin expert, will discuss her adventures and the environmental importance of her trip to Peru. Her presentation will also include how you can bring these conservation issues into your classroom.  Visit online for more information on this event.

SENEME is also once again hosting the Long Island Sound Educators Conference on May 2, 2008. See Conferences in this newsletter for more details.

For more information on these and other 2008 SENEME events please
visit online.

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

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