COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

February 29, 2008

vol 5, no 3

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

Whyville Hydrothermal Vent Activity Goes Live Whyville, an online learning community that has received support from COSEE-NE on several projects, has just announced the launch of the Whyville Hydrothermal Vent activity. Read an interview with Paul Craddock, a WHOI scientist who originated the idea of linking his research on hydrothermal vents to Whyville activities. An animated version of Paul also introduces visitors to the vent site. 

OSEI in Oceanus 
An article on eider duck die-offs in Oceanus 
magazine includes mention of Dr. Julie Ellis and her work with COSEE-NE's OSEI projectRead the article.

On Saturday, March 30, as part of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in Boston, at the Convention and Exhibition Center, there will be a full day of COSEE-related presentations. At 11:00, Diana Payne and Lauren Rader will present an overview of the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC), including the common mission and goals, operating
procedures, and the successes and shortcomings of the inaugural Ocean Science Literacy summit and plans for the next one. Anyone interested in joining the organization, starting a similar local, regional, or national partnership, or learning about translating research into educational materials is encourage to attend this presentation. Then at 2:00, Harold McWilliams will present COSEE-NE's program Telling Your Story, Bringing Authentic Ocean Science to the Classroom. All COSEE presentations will take place in the Provincetown Room. For more information on the conference and the schedule, visit online.
Ocean Literacy Moment

Bilingual Ocean Literacy Radio Fourth and fifth grade students at Browning Elementary in Houston, Texas have begun broadcasting a bilingual Ocean Literacy radio show. All year, students have been learning about ocean literacy in their weekly Ecology and Eco-Art Classes, delivered by The Artist Boat, a non-profit educational group dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. Students research, write, and record all segments played on 1670AM-The Deep. These include Creature Features (facts about marine animals); Action Items (conservation issues, with an emphasis on what average people can do to help); and creative writing, such as short stories and poems. A forthcoming songwriting contest will generate an Ocean Radio theme song. Browning Elementary is an HISD Recognized school in a predominantly Hispanic, high poverty neighborhood. Broadcasts are written in Spanish and English and designed to educate the community about Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and conservation. Each episode is broadcast for one week in a half-mile radius around the school via a low-power AM radio antenna. Episodes are archived permanently as podcasts on the Artist Boat website. You can listen to the first episode, which focused on basking sharks and marine debris issues, here.
News from Washington

CZMA Introduced in the House Representative Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) introduced H.R. 5451 to reauthorize the Coastal Zone Management Act. The bill only includes language to authorize appropriations until 2011 for various programs under the Act. The bill will also serve as a placeholder for continuing discussions on reauthorization language and has been referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.

House Passes Ocean Exploration Legislation By 352-49, the House passed legislation to authorize funding for ocean exploration programs.  H.R. 1843, sponsored by Representative James Saxton (R-NJ), would provide dedicated funding for two programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The bill would authorize $289 million over seven years for a National Ocean Exploration Program to search the oceans for new life forms or sources of minerals.  It would also authorize $165 million over the same period for a National Undersea Research Program, which provides grants to research organizations.  The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a companion bill, S. 39, last year.

The Campaign for Environmental Literacy provides you with tools to help increase federal funding for environmental, ocean, conservation and sustainability education at all age levels.

NSF Education Budget Increase Proposed FY 2009 funding for education programs at the National Science Foundation fared better than those at the Dept. of Education. For FY2009 the President is proposing $6.85 billion for the NSF, which represents an increase of $822 million (14 percent) over the FY 2008 level. The Administration is seeking $790.41m for programs under the NSF Education and Human Resources Directorate, which represents a $64.81m increase or 8.9% from FY2008. NSF states that "a major focus of activities in NSF's Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate is enriching the Education of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teachers (STEM). Major activities associated with this focus include the Math and Science Partnership program (up $2.5 million to $51.0 million) and the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program (up $800,000 to $11.6 million). The EHR Directorate is also increasing support for research and evaluation efforts in STEM education. Major efforts in FY 2009 include a $3.0 million increase to $10.0 million for Project and Program Evaluation and an $8.5 million increase to $108.5 million for Discovery Research K-12, which supports applied research and innovation aimed at improving STEM education at the K-12 level."

Reports, Publications and Announcements

World's Largest Marine Reserve The tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati has created the world's largest marine reserve, spanning 164,200 square miles (roughly the size of California). In contrast, the islands comprising Kiribati itself total only about 313 square miles, or about four times the size of Washington, D.C. The new Phoenix Islands Protected Area is home to sea turtles, over 120 species of coral, 520 species of fish, and contains important sea-bird nesting sites. The New England Aquarium is one of the project partners.

Encyclopedia Of Life Launches The online Encyclopedia of Life that aims to eventually describe every living organism on the planet has unveiled its first detailed pages. Entries for 24 species include text, pictures, and video; 30,000 others include preliminary information. The goals of the project are to help researchers assess climate-change impacts, endangered species, and the spread of invasive species, as well as simply raise awareness of biodiversity. EOL partners include the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Report
The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative has just release
d its 2007 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card. The report card assesses the nation's progress in 2007 toward implementing the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission, as well as the actions described in the Administration's U.S. Ocean Action Plan. The Report Card aims to inform policy makers and the public of the critical challenges facing our oceans, while identifying the many opportunities that are ripe for action. While state and regional initiatives continue to move forward on ocean governance reform, the lack of significant progress at the federal level to commit adequate funding and affect meaningful ocean policy reform hinders national improvement. To see the full report card and supporting documents, follow this link (pdf).

Massachusetts Ocean Act Update
The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed their version of the Massachusetts Ocean Act (H. 4527, An Act to Protect the Public Trust and Safeguard Public Resources.)  This House bill, and the previously passed Senate Bill (S. 2346, An Act Relative to Oceans) are now in conference, where the House and Senate will meet to parse out the differences between the two bills. The Senate appointed Senators Bruce Tarr (R. Gloucester), Pamela Resor (D. Acton), and Robert O'Leary (D. Cape and Islands).  House conferees are expected to be appointed soon. Recent articles on the Massachusetts Ocean Act: The Boston Globe: "Provision Could allow Building of Wind Farm; South Coast Today:"House OKs Wind Exception"
"Senators Balk at Coastal Energy Projects"

Scientists Warn of Profound Changes in World's Oceans
Climate change is transforming the world's oceans by increasing the temperature and acidity of seawater, and altering atmospheric and oceanic circulation, reported a panel of scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston. The AAAS symposium was organized by the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, a multi-university research effort headquartered at Oregon State University. Read the article in Environmental News Service.

A Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
combined 17 data sets of different human activities - from fishing and fertilizer run-off, to commercial shipping and pollution - and analyzed their effects on marine ecosystems, continental shelves and the deep ocean. The results, presented at the AAAS conference, were highlighted on a map. The NCEAS study, funded by NSF and headquartered at the University of California at Santa Barbara, involved 19 scientists from a range of universities, NGOs, and government agencies. More information about NCEAS and the project may be found online.

Ohio Initiative Adds to STEM Momentum Thanks to a $12 million dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ohio has launched the Ohio STEM Learning Network, a new public-private partnership that will start with the launch of five regionally located schools focused on STEM skills. Read more about the Ohio program

World's Coastal Waters Riddled with Invasive Species
Eighty-four percent of the world's coasts are being colonized by invasive aquatic species, according to a Nature Conservancy study published recently. San Francisco Bay is the most invaded aquatic region on Earth, the study finds, with 85 invasive species in its waters, 66 percent of them considered harmful.  Read the Environmental News Service coverage.

The Lotion in the Ocean Up to 6,000 tons of sunscreen wash off of ocean swimmers each year, posing a threat to up to 10 percent of global coral reefs, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Four common sunscreen chemicals can awaken dormant viruses in coral-dwelling algae, with the result that the viruses replicate to the point that the algae explode, spilling the viruses into surrounding seawater and infecting neighboring coral populations. The algae, zooxanthellae, provide coral with food energy and contribute to reefs' bright colors; without zooxanthellae, the coral bleach and die. Read more in National Geographic News.

NSF ISE Solicitation The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a solicitation for Informal Science Education (ISE) projects. The ISE program invests in projects that develop and implement informal learning experiences designed to increase interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as projects that advance knowledge and practice of informal science education. Projects may target either public audiences or professionals whose work directly affects informal STEM learning. ISE projects are expected to demonstrate strategic impact, innovation, and collaboration. More information online.
Online Ocean Education Resources

Live Online from Monterey Bay From March 2-7 2008, the
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in partnership with Immersion Presents will host a team of scientists from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and other institutions, using Telepresence technology-a combination of satellite and Internet connections-to transport young people live to a scientific expedition in Monterey Bay.The daily live broadcasts, which are part of a larger interdisciplinary science curriculum designed for upper elementary and middle school students, will air from March 2-7, at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm Eastern Standard Time.

National Environmental Education Week April 13-19
National EE Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12th grade students and educators of all subjects in a week of environmental learning and service before Earth Day. As partners in EE Week, educators have access to: standards-based environmental education lessons and activities; monthly electronic newsletters that highlight the latest EE curricula, professional development, and funding opportunities; and opportunities for online communication and knowledge-sharing with educators from across the country.
Register online.

New NSTA Website To better meet the needs of the approximately 45,000 educators participating in Building a Presence (BaP), NSTA launched a new design of its BaP for Science website. BaP 3.0 is an internet portal created to provide the BaP community with timely information about professional development opportunities and the latest happenings in the science education community. The enhanced website also provides the user with state-specific information about key events and conferences happening locally.

Electronic Field Trips (EFT) are interactive, multi-media educational resources produced by Ball State University, and free for students and teachers to access via the web. Ball State has teamed up with Aquatic Adventures and Scripps Institution of Oceanography to produce an EFT about the migration of the eastern Pacific gray whale, A Whale of a Story. This EFT is designed for 3rd-8th graders. Students can log on to start learning about gray whales via the website, webgames and webisodes; a new webisode is posted every week. The teacher section of the website has supplemental curriculum available to teachers to use in the classroom.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Rhode Island Sea Grant Director of Marine Affairs
Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Roger Williams School of Law seek a Director of Marine Affairs and a lecturer in marine law. The Director has overall responsibility for the development and administration of the Law School's marine law research program, Master of Marine Affairs joint degree program, and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. The Director will oversee the Sea Grant Legal Program in conjunction with the Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program. For more information contact Interim Director William Coffey.

Coastal Studies Openings Provincetown The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies has openings for Marine Educators, HR and Ofiice Coordinator, and Store and Exhibit Manager. Contact for more information.

Fisheries Technicians Massachusetts The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has two openings for seasonal fisheries technicians. For more information visit online.

Manager Outreach Education and Nature Center Educators Connecticut The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut has opening for Manager of Outreach Education,  Museum Educator, and three openings for students or graduates to be educators at the nature center along Long Island Sound. For more information contact The position descriptions are available online.

Environmental Analyst Connecticut The Connecticut DEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs seeks an Environmental Analyst (position #78046) to work in the permitting and enforcement section of the State's coastal zone management program.  The responsibilities include the review, evaluation, and processing of coastal permit applications, federal consistency reviews, and water quality certifications. For a full position description, salary/benefits information, and application instructions, see the full posting online.

Monitoring Positions Buzzards Bay Massachusetts The Coalition for Buzzards Bay has two seasonal openings: River Herring Monitoring Assistant and Citizens Water Quality Monitoring Program Assistant Coordinator. For information on both jobs, contact Tony Williams.
Seasonal Marine Science Educator Rhode Island The Narragansett Bay Research Reserve  on Prudence Island, Rhode Island is recruiting one summer marine science educator. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Narragansett Bay environment and experience leading hands-on marine science activities with K-12 students. Submit a letter of interest and resume to

Marine Science Educator University of Georgia The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service in Savannah has an opening for a Marine Science Educator. This fulltime grant-funded position will be tasked with the development, organization, delivery, coordination, and evaluation of a fast-paced classroom outreach program for Grade 3. For more information, contact Anne Lindsay Frick.

Marine Science Educators Georgia Tybee Island Marine Science Center is seeking to fill two marine science educator positions. Educators work with student groups (k-12), scout groups, and island visitors by conducting hands-on beach programs, interpreting the exhibit gallery and touch tank, and leading classroom activities in marine science and coastal conservation. Opportunities to work on conservation and research projects will occur throughout the season. The season runs from March 1st through September 30th. For more information contact Maria Procopio.

Senior Coastal Management Specialist Maryland Perot Systems Government Services (PSGS), a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, seeks a Senior Coastal Management Specialist. This position will support the Center's Policy and Planning (PPS) team located at the NOAA main campus in Silver Spring, MD. To apply visit online.

Program Coordinator California The Ocean Institute
is looking for a Project Coordinator for the execution and quality control of Ocean Institute Outdoor Education programs at the Lazy W Ranch. The Program Coordinator will have a lead role in all aspects of the successful operation of programs including: training, staff management, special events and projects and teacher relations. In addition, the Program Coordinator is expected to participate in other Ocean Institute programs and events as needed.
Grants, Fellowships and Awards

Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award  The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) on Nantucket offers an annual award of $5,000 to recognize an individual whose efforts have encouraged the advancement of girls and women in the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, computer science and technology.The eleventh award, to be presented in the fall of 2008, will be given to a recipient selected by a national jury of distinguished educators and scientists. Nomination Deadline: postmarked by March 15, 2008. Nomination forms are available on the website.

Deep Earth Academy Teacher Fellowship  The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is seeking an enthusiastic teacher for a one-year fellowship in Washington, DC. The teacher will work with Deep Earth Academy staff to develop ocean science curricula, produce teacher-training workshops, maintain communication within a community of educators and assist with conference logistics.
For more information visit Deep Earth Academy.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

COSEE-Ocean Systems (OS) Workshop COSEE-OS presents a workshop at UMaine's Darling Marine Center
Teaching Science by Ocean Inquiry, July 21-25, 2008. The application deadline is March 31, 2008. The workshop will introduce teachers to ocean and climate related processes that can be used as a vehicle to teach general physical concepts (e.g. density, buoyancy, pressure, heat and temperature, waves), using a variety of hands-on activities.  An important goal is to develop a network between teachers, scientists and experts in education. Teachers will work with the program instructors to develop hands-on, inquiry-based activities, teaching materials, and means of assessment (to address the Maine Learning Results and National Science Educational Standards).
Learn more about the workshop Classroom Teachers who teach Grades 7-12 Science including physics, chemistry, physical science, and/or earth and environmental sciences are invited to participate. Application available online. Contacts: Dr. Lee Karp-Boss or  Dr. Herman Weller.

COSEE-CA Summer Workshop COSEE-California is offering the Communicating Ocean Sciences Summer Workshop, June  2-4, at the University of California, Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. You will learn COSEE-CA's education theory grounded methodology and will be provided with the materials you need to teach the award-winning COS or COSIA courses, which are now being taught at 24-plus universities that have marine science programs. Workshop Applications due May 2, 2008. For more information contcat Tim Zimmerman or visit online.

School of Rock Deep Earth Academy, The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership announce this opportunity for teachers: School of Rock 2008: Using Ocean Cores to Explore Past Climate Change. Dates: July 6-14, 2008, at  IODP's Gulf Coast Repository at Texas A&M University. Application Deadline: April 4. For an application and more information, visit Deep Earth Academy.

NOAA Project for Middle School Teachers 
Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire middle school teachers are invited to apply to participate in the Earth as a System is Essential: Seasons and the Seas (EaSiE) Project, held July 21-25 at the Univeristy of New Hampshire. For more information about the project benefits and expectations and to obtain a teacher application contact Joyce Tugel, EaSiE Project Director, or visit online.

NSTA Free Webinar on Coral Ecosystems NSTA will hold two free Web Seminars featuring scientists and education specialists from NOAA during the NSTA conference in Boston. The seminars will focus on the biology, dynamics, and conservation of coral ecosystems. The presenters will share their science expertise, answer questions from the participants, and provide information regarding web sites that students can use in the classroom. These Web Seminars are designed for educators of grades 5-12. Register here.

Advanced ROV  Building for Classroom Projects Applications now available for The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center summer institute for Advanced Remotely Operated Vehicle Building for classroom projects, to be held July 11th-17th.  Throughout the week, educators will work in teams to design and build their own ROVs to complete a set of predetermined mission tasks. Educators will learn how to program a basic stamp to control sensors and motors on their ROVs. The participants will test their ROVs in a mini-competition at the end of the week.
For more information visit the
website or contact Lani Clough
NSTA Boston The NSTA national conference is coming to Boston March 27-30. Register here.  Other links: printable program preview (PDF), general information.

SENEME Call for Presenters The Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME) are 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 Long Island Sound lobster population. Visit online for the Call for Presenters form on the SENEME website.

Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Week  The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) will sponsor the 3rd NBI Week on Nantucket, Sunday, May 25 to Saturday, May 31, 2008. NBI is a collaborative of Nantucket's leading conservation organizations together with universities, non-governmental organizations, and individual partners on and off-island acting to inventory and monitor the many species of plants and animals found on the island and to educate the community about Nantucket's rich local biodiversity. NBI seeks scientists and naturalists to visit Nantucket to conduct biodiversity surveys in their area of expertise. Participants can spend as little as a day or up to the full week or more on island. Deadline for Registration is April 25, 2008. More information available on the NBI website.

Association of Zoo and Aquariums Annual Conference The 2008 Association of Zoo and Aquariums Annual Conference will be held September 15-18, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The program committee is accepting program proposals for sessions and posters for the conference in a variety of program tracks, including education.  The deadline for submission is March 28, 2008. For more information visit

International Marine Conservation Congress The Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology announces the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) - Making Marine Science Matter, May 20-24, 2009, George Mason University, Washington DC.IMCC will be an interdisciplinary meeting that will engage natural and social scientists, managers, policy-makers, and the public. A call for proposals will be sent out after March 1 with detailed instructions for abstract submittal and descriptions of requirements for Symposia, Workgroups, and contributed papers and poster. Visit the conference website for more information.
Student Opportunities

Boston Area Career Opportunities in Marine Sciences The annual Career Opportunities in Marine Sciences (COMS) program for students and faculty from Boston area secondary schools will be held on Friday, March 7, 2008 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. There is no charge for this program; however, attendees must register in advance.  
COMS is a presentation of the Boston Sea Rovers in collaboration with Harvard University's Environmental Management Program. Come learn about exciting and varied career opportunities available in and around the ocean environment. There will also be an opportunity to apply for course scholarships to attend an Ocean Environment class at Harvard and an update on the Scalli Internship Program. For more information or to register your class, contact George Buckley or Vin Malkoski.

Mass Marine Educators' 25th Annual High School Marine Science Symposium
The symposium, offering workshops for high school students, will be on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, from 8:00am-1:00 pm, at UMass Dartmouth. Program and registration information available online.

Northeastern University's Marine Science Center is hosting a
Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA) for students entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall of 2008. The Academy will run August 11-23, 8:00am-3:00pm. During this two week academy, students will spend time doing field work in local marine habitats (rocky beach, sandy beach, and salt marsh) on the North Shore, learning about New England coastal marine habitats, as well as partaking in ongoing Marine Science Center research. Participants will be introduced to field sampling techniques, invasive species monitoring, beach clean-up, benthic organism surveys and more. For more information contact Tracy Hajduk.

Woods Hole Sea Grant
has updated its list of marine or nature-based summer programs for children that take place throughout the Cape Cod area. The list is available here.

The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium
is accepting applications for year-long marine education internships. Recent college graduates that would like to spend a year at a marine education facility before deciding whether to teach or return to college for an advanced degree are invited to apply for these year-long marine education internships. Application deadline is April 5, 2008.

NSF REU with National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics
Undergraduate students in Civil Engineering, Geology, Biology, Ecology, Hydrology, Physics, Mathematics and related fields are invited to apply to participate in NSF-sponsored summer research at the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics. Program dates:  June 1 to August 9, 2008. Application Deadline:  March 1, 2008.
Team Delta focuses on issues in coastal Louisiana and Team Marmot focuses on issues related to the 2007 removal of the Marmot dam on Oregon's Sandy River. Both teams spend June at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) at the University of Minnesota. Visit online for more information or to apply. 

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI)
is currently accepting students into the summer Coral Reef Research Internship program. This is a field intensive program for students interested in Tropical Marine Conservation and Ecology. Course dates: July 12-August 03, 2008. Open to undergraduate and graduate students and to professionals with a strong interest in marine ecology and conservation.
More information on the CCMI web site

MTS Student Scholarships Available
The Marine Technology Society has many scholarships available to high school, college undergraduates and graduate students enrolled full time in academic programs focused on marine technology, marine engineering or marine science related fields. The deadline of April 15, 2008, for postmarked applications is fast approaching, so apply now to take advantage of these annual awards. Applications are available at the Marine Technology Website.If you have questions contact Suzanne Voelker or Mike Hall.

Marine Ecology Lab Internships Alabama The Marine Ecology Lab at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has two summer and two fall 2008 internship opportunities available to qualified undergraduates or graduating seniors looking for experience in marine ecology. They seek applicants to help conduct research on several projects focused on seagrass restoration and monitoring, juvenile snappers and gag grouper habitat assessment, and ecosystem services of restored oyster reefs in Mobile Bay.


Ocean Literacy Literature Review Beginning in the fall of 2007 and running through the fall of 2010, The Ocean Project is undertaking a national project to find out how the ocean community can connect more effectively with the American public in order to build ocean literacy and encourage conservation action. In 1999 The Ocean Project completed what remains the most comprehensive opinion research on public attitudes, perceptions, and knowledge of the ocean ever conducted. The Ocean Project is now updating and expanding its database of public awareness, knowledge, and attitudes, and welcomes the addition of any public opinion research / perception studies / or consumer behavior studies you know of on the ocean or the environment more generally. Learn more about this project.   

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

Film at Museum of Science A preview of the film Once Upon A Tide will be shown at the Museum of Science
March 5, 7:00 p.m., Cahners Theatre, Blue Wing, Level 2. The film was produced by The Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School for aquariums and learning centers throughout the United States and internationally. The film is part of the Center's Healthy Ocean, Healthy Humans projectThe event is free and open to the public.

Boston Sea Rovers 54th International Underwater Clinic
The Boston Sea Rovers will hold their 54th annual diving clinic at the Copley Fairmont Hotel March 8-9. The weekend includes daytime seminars and workshops, an exhibit hall, and a film festival. Sunday, during Kid's Day, the New England Aquarium will be represented. Visit the Sea Rover website.

Lectures in Rhode Island The Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society present Meet the Ocean Lectures at the Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI:
Sea Turtles in New England, March 6 at 7pm
Ecology and Behavior of Baleen Whales, March 13 at 7pm
More information online.

Northeastern University Marine Science Center   
Evening Lecture Series
Scott Dowd, Amazon biologist at New England Aquarium, will present Buy a Fish, Save a Tree: Preserving Amazon rainforest through sustainable aquarium fisheries, Tuesday, March 4th, 2008, 7:00pm, at Northeastern's Marine Science Center, 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908. Contact Tracy Hajduk for more information.
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent March 13, 2008. Please send announcements and news to the editor, Catherine Cramer.
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Online Videos of Note
New Series of Online Documentaries on Cetaceans is an online channel about the marine environment

Whales of the Mediterranean Sea is a new five-part online documentary series about the scientists exploring the Mediterranean, and the cetaceans that inhabit it.

 Each video is 12 to 18 minutes in duration and offers interviews with scientists; rare encounters with sperm and pilot whales; as well as visits with bottlenose, common and Risso's dolphins in the wild. Educators are able to download the videos as an educational resource, using the teacher's guides provided on the site.

 earthOCEAN welcomes schools linking to and using the online materials  for educational and non-commercial uses.
There is also a
podcast available on iTunes.


SeaWeb Publications
The February 2008 issue of SeaWeb's Ocean Update
 is available as a pdf here.

Other recent SeaWeb Marine Science Reviews include information on habitats and ecosystems, fish and fisheries, pollution, climate change, and marine mammals and coastal birds. Visit online
to register for SeaWeb publications.

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. To subscribe or read the current issue, visit online.

New in Oceanus
The Sound of Sonar and a Fury of Whale Strandings
Navy and scientists join efforts to learn about more marine mammals response to sonar.
Read the story.

 Newly found undersea microbes
with remarkable biochemical abilities, new evidence on the origin of life on Earth, and discoveries about how new ocean crust is made and continents are rifted apart.

Some Things New Under the Sea

New SeaGrant Publications
The Sea Grant new acquisitions list for January 2008
is available online
Copies of these documents are usually available from the originating Sea Grant program 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).

Massachusetts Bays Window
The Winter 2007-2008 issue of Massachusetts Bays Window

The quarterly eNewsletter from the Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP), is now online. This issue features pieces on Cohasset's Watershed Academy, flooding in Peabody and Salem, and the RiverWatch Sampling Program on the South Shore. To receive future issues, send a blank email here.

Gulf of Maine Monitor

The December 2007 issue of the Gulf of Maine Monitor
is now available online. Produced by the Coastal Ocean Observing Center at the University of New Hampshire, the Gulf of Maine Monitor is a quarterly review of observation and analysis in the western Gulf of Maine. This issue highlights the importance of high calcium carbonate levels, a coordinated effort to measure estuarine water quality, and water currents in the Gulf of Maine.

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