COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

April 24, 2008

vol 5, no 8

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

Telling Your Story at UMaine The Census of Marine Life-Gulf of Maine Area Program at the University of Southern Maine and COSEE-NE invite K-12 teachers, scientists, researchers and graduate students in marine or aquatic sciences to a Telling Your Story workshop, Thursday, May 29, 2008, 10am-3pm, at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine. This is a regional workshop designed to strengthen the ties between science and education in order to promote ocean literacy in the Gulf of Maine. A program developed by COSEE-NE, Telling Your Story workshops have been held throughout New England since 2004. This workshop is free but registration is required as space is limited. To RSVP by Thursday, May 15, or for more details, contact Suzy Ryan.
Reports, Publications and Announcements

Report on Sea Level Rise The Rhode Island Sea Grant, in collaboration with NOAA's Coastal Programs Division, has released a report that examines the concerns of coastal communities facing erosion and inundation of coastal resources as sea levels rise due to global warming. 

Gulf of Maine EBM Toolkit Survey Report
Many government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the United States and Canada are collaborating to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) in the Gulf of Maine region. As an initial step in developing an EBM Toolkit for the region, the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), in association with the EBM Tools Network, conducted an online survey of EBM practitioners in September and October 2007. The survey included 55 people involved in ocean and coastal management in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and U.S. and Canadian federal waters. The report provides region-specific information on management issues to which practitioners seek to apply EBM, critical obstacles to implementing EBM, and tools and information needed to put EBM into practice. Download the survey report.
Online Ocean Education Resources

Online Courses at AMNH The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) offers several online courses this summer, including the Ocean System, The Diversity of Fishes, and Sharks and Rays. Designed for K-12 educators, each six-week course is led by an experienced classroom teacher and a research scientist. In-depth readings and assignments are paired with web-based discussions. Graduate credit is available and each participant receives a CD of course resources suitable for classroom use. Vist the AMNH Seminars on Science website for the full course listing. Registration is now open; Summer Session One runs June 9 through July 20. Summer Session Two runs June 30-August 10.
Grants, Fellowships and Awards

Alliances for Broadening Participation in STEM The Alliances for Broadening Participation in STEM (ABP) solicitation from the National Science Foundation (NSF) includes the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity, and the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. This portfolio seeks to increase the number of students successfully completing quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative academic strategies and experiences in support of groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Pacific Islanders. For more information read the NSF solicitation announcement.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Ocean Observing Institute for Educators at UNH
The University of New Hampshire Coastal Observing Center, the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS) and Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence-Ocean Systems (COSEE-OS), present: Linking the Ocean to the Classroom, Understanding Seasonal Change in the Ocean Using Ocean Observing Data. The workshop will be held at the University of New Hampshire July 7-11, 2008 and offered to 20 teachers who teach grades 7-12. For more information visit online. The application deadline is April 25, 2008.

Communicating Ocean Sciences Summer Workshop COSEE-California offers the Communicating Ocean Sciences Summer Workshop, June 2-4, at the University of California Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. The workshop offers training in methodology and provides the materials necessary to teach the award-winning Communicating Ocean Sciences (COS) or Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (COSIA) courses, which are now being taught at over two dozen universities. If you are a professor
looking to train future marine scientists how to communicate difficult ocean science concepts; if you want to contribute to improving ocean literacy; if you are seeking a way to partner with schools or aquaria; if you are a teacher or informal educator looking to partner with scientists - this course is for you! Workshop applications due May 2, 2008. Download an application or contact Tim Zimmerman for more details.
NOAA/NSTA Web Seminar A joint NOAA/NSTA web seminar on coral ecosystems wil be offered May 8. This free web seminars features scientists and education specialists from NOAA. 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. More information and registration is available online.

Project Wild Aquatic Workshop The Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor, Maine is hosting a Project Wild Aquatic workshop  on May 23, 2008 for teachers and education students. The workshop will run from 9am-3pm and will include curriculum materials, provide hands-on activity training, and provide six contact hours. All activities fit into the Maine State Learning Results. Deadline for registration is May 19, 2008. For more information on Project Wild Aquatic visit online.To register or get additional information, contact Aimee Roderiques.

Inquiry-Based Curriculum Institute A 5-day summer institute, Designing Inquiry-Based Cuuriculum Units, will be held Jume 16-20, 2008, in Christchurch, Virginia, facilitated by the Center for Inquiry-Based Education. For more information contact Dean Goodwin.

Whale Class in New England The University of Georgia, College of Education is offering the 2008 Whale Class
, July 12-20, 2008 in Salem and Gloucester, Massachusetts. This is a graduate-level course for teachers who are interested in advancing environmental education through principles of contextual learning and teaching. Participating teachers serve as naturalists on whale watching boats while learning to apply aspects of contextual learning, teaching and reflective practice. For more information contact John Schell or visit online.
Long Island Sound Educators Conference Registration is now available for the 2008 Long Island Sound Educators Conference (LISEC), held Friday, May 2, 2008, 8am-4pm at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Connecticut, sponsored by SouthEastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME), The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, US Environmental Protection Agency, Long Island Sound Study, Connecticut Sea Grant, New York Sea Grant, and Project Oceanology. The conference features workshops, hands-on activities, field studies, lectures and networking for anyone who teaches marine, aquatic or environmental science. Visit online for more information and to register, or contact

Massachusetts Marine Educators Annual Meeting
The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) are holding their Woods Hole Conference and Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2008
8:30am-4:30pm at Redfield Auditorium, WHOI, in Woods Hole.  This year's theme is International Polar Year: Distant Events That Hit Close to Home. Teacher-led workshops and tours of local facilities will wrap up a full day of marine science and collegial interaction. More registration information online.

Restore America's Estuaries The 4th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restorationwill be held October 11-15, 2008, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island.This is the only national conference focused on the goals and practices of coastal and estuarine habitat restoration. For more information about the conference visit online
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Marine Spatial Planner, Massachusetts
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts is seeking a Marine Spatial Planner. The planner will provide technical support for mapping and data management related to work on comprehensive ocean management and planning efforts. For more information visit online.

Marine Science School Director, Maine
The Herring Gut Learning Center, a non-profit marine education and resource center located in the fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine, is looking for a new director. Read the full job description
online.The Center also has a temporary position opening for an Environmental Educator. (Scroll down for job description.)

Summer Program Coordinator, Maine The Kennebunk Improvement Association (KBIA) has a full-time opening for a Nature and Marine Biology Program Coordinator. KBIA is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that offers a variety of summer recreational and enrichment programs for children ages 4-17 in Kennebunk Beach, Maine. For more detailed information contact

Project Managers, California The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring project managers who will be part of the OPC staff located in Oakland, CA. The successful applicant will have a broad knowledge of ocean and coastal issues and be interested in working with diverse stakeholders and agencies to develop innovative solution to problems at local, state, and regional levels.  For more information, visit online.
Outreach Activites Coordinator, Florida
The Florida Coastal Management Program is seeking an Environmental Specialist II-OPS to coordinate the program's outreach activities. The ability to develop and implement new outreach and education ideas to improve the public's understanding and awareness of the program is key. For more information about the program visit online; for job description details contact Danny Clayton.

Information Technology and Systems Development Manager, California The California Ocean Science Trust is hiring an Information Technology and Systems Development Manager to lead the development of an innovative science-based approach to monitoring the statewide marine protected areas. For more information visit online.

Marine Science Educator, Florida
Mote Marine Laboratory has an opening for a marine science educator. The Marine Science Educator II will work closely with the School and Public Programs Coordinators, under the supervision of the Center Director, to teach and assist in the development of on-site and outreach educational programs based at Mote field stations around Florida. Visit online or contact Jim Wharton.
Marine Sanctuary Executive Director, California
The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is seeking an executive director. FMSA is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to support the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, which occupies over 1200 square miles of rich and diverse marine habitat. The FMSA Executive Director oversees agreements with the Marine Sanctuary and manages an operating budget of $700,000 and directs a staff of 10. Contact
Allan Schreiber for more information.
AmeriCorps Project Coordinator, California Aquatic Adventures is a non-profit science education organization in San Diego, California that educates urban youth about science, the ocean and nature through tuition-free programs. Aquatic Adventures is seeking a AmeriCorps-VISTA  staff member who will focus on building capacity through the development and facilitation of student evaluation, tracking, and case management systems; assistance in coordination and direct instruction of marine science and college readiness programs; and student case management to further inform system development and programmatic elements. Apply online or contact Jamie Weed. Deadline for application is May 16th, 2008.

Education Specialist, California Save the Bay in Oakland, California, is seeking an Education Specialist responsible for leading Save The Bay's Canoes In Sloughs and Discover The Bay education programs. The Specialist serves as a mentor and support for part-time seasonal Field Educators modeling best practices in experiential, hands-on environmental education. The Education Specialist supports Save The Bay's education team by developing and implementing staff training, conducting staff evaluations, and coordinating logistical needs. The Specialist also assists with curriculum development, research, and administrative tasks. Contact Sigrid Mueller for more information.
Student Opportunities

Oceanographic Coastal Center Education Interns, Florida
Florida Oceanographic Caostal Center has two paid summer internship postions available for students in college or beyond. This full time internship is 10 weeks, May 28 - August 6, 2008.  The primary responsibility will be to assist in the implementation of summer education programs including summer camp, public seining, walks and visiting groups.  Contact Mo Kieffer for more information.

Ocean Art Contest Coastal America, through their Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center (CELC) members, are sponsoring an ocean art contest open to students in grades K-12 and college and university students. The purpose of the contest is to enhance public awareness of the importance of the ocean through visual expression and incorporating one of the principles of ocean literacy. The winning artwork will be displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in time for the opening of The Ocean Hall. Mystic Aquarium is the New England regional dropoff center. Entries are due by May 30, 2008.

Oceanography Day Camp The University of Rhode Island Office of Marine Programs is offering an Oceanography Explorers Day Camp for students entering grades 6-8. The camp runs July 7-11 and July 14-18, from 9am-3pm. Check the calendar for more information on how to register.

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!

Earth Day Whale Watch sponsored by the  Whale Center of New England, May 3, 9am-3pm, departing from Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Topics in Oceanography: A Workshop for Educators At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Friday May 9, 9:30am-3:30pm, Suspended in Ice: Profiling the Arctic Ocean with New Technology, presented by Mary-Louise Timmermans, WHOI Physical Oceanography Department. For more information and to register visit online or contact Kathy Patterson. Sponsored by the WHOI Information Office, Woods Hole Sea Grant Program, and WHOI Academic Programs Office.

Seabird and Whale Tale Cruise
New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) and OceanQuest Hands-on Marine Education offer an all-day marine wildlife cruise on Sunday, June 8, departing at 7:30 am from the Plymouth (MA) Town Pier. Wayne Petersen of Massachusetts Audubon Society, David Clapp of Natural History Services and Dr. John C. Jahoda of Bridgewater State College will lead the excursion to view coastal marine wildlife. For more information or to download the registration form, visit OceanQuest or NECWA online.
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent May 8, 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.

NEAq Interview
New England Aquarium's Charlie Innis is featured in a 5 1/2 minute video interview on, talking
about his work with turtles and the Aquarium's efforts to rescue stranded and injured animals.

New Ocean Conservation Film Released
The Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School
recently released a new, 10-minute film,
Once Upon a Tide,as part of their Healthy Oceans, Healthy Humans project. With a focus on inspiring its audence to recognize the importance of ocean conservation, the film was produced for aquariums, museums, schools, and theaters.

 Visit the Once Upon a Tide website.


New Sea Grant Documents
The listing of new Sea Grant documents received by the National Sea Grant Library during March 2008 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
In addition, some of these titles are already available online. 

Marine Ecosystem Newsletter
The latest issue of
 the newsletter of Marine Ecosystems and Management
 is now available.
Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) is a quarterly information service focused on marine ecosystem-based management.
  Subscribe to MEAM.

Gulf of Maine Times
The Spring issue of the Gulf of Maine Times
is available online. New in this issue: voice clips and extra online-only coverage.

SeaWeb Publications
 SeaWeb's Ocean Update
 is published monthly. Subscribe online.

The latest issue of SeaWeb's Marine Photobank Bulletin is also available.

Other recent SeaWeb Marine Science Reviews include information on introduced species;
pathogens, disease and die-offs; human health, habitats and ecosystems; fish and fisheries. Visit online
to register for SeaWeb publications.

Massachusetts Marine Educators Newsletter
The Spring issue of MME's newsletter Flotsam and Jetsam is now available on the MME website.

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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