COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

June 24, 2008

vol 5, no 12

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

Ocean Literacy Summit The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) will host 200 ocean scientists, science writers, educators and their administrators, and policymakers at Boston University for the Second Ocean Literacy Summit, November 7, 2008.  A collaboration among a range of institutions from across the region, NEOSEC has identified global climate change as the topic for this year's Summit. Registration is now open. For details, visit online. Please email Catherine Cramer if you would like more information as it becomes available. Curious about the First Ocean Literacy Summit? Visit online.
Partner News
NEAq Oscar the harbor seal travels

Oscar's Journey The New England Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Program  has been caring for Oscar, a young harbor porpoise who was rescued after stranding on a Cape Cod beach in February. Oscar recovered enough to be released on May 21, and thanks to an attached sensor, the Aquarium has been tracking his movements ever since. According to NEAq:
"Oscar has taken an interesting journey so far, heading off the coast into the central part of the Gulf of Maine up to the coastal waters of Maine, only to come back to the center of the Gulf of Maine. He has traveled over 801 km (497 miles) so far and is regularly diving between 5-30 meters (16.4 - 98.4 feet), with some dives over 125 meters (>400 ft). Most of Oscar's dives are between 2-4 minutes in length, but some of his dives are greater than 20 minutes in length (most likely those deep dives). We are also receiving information about water temperature; he has spending most of his time (88 percent of locations) in water between 10-12 degrees Celsius (50 - 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit). We are getting some valuable information from Oscar, and we are hoping he continues with such great success."

Reports, Publications, Announcements

Research on Sea Level's Role in Mass Extinction
A new study, published June 15, 2008 in the journal Nature, suggests that it is the ocean, and in particular the epic ebbs and flows of sea level and sediment over the course of geologic time, that is the primary cause of the world's periodic mass extinctions over the past 500 million years. Read the NSF summary. Watch a video interview of geoscientist Shanan Peters.

Stellwagen Management Plan Comments The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary invites the public to submit written comments about the newly released Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. Comments will be accepted in multiple formats until August 4, 2008.

Federal Climate Change Agency Proposed On June 27, NOAA will host a workshop on a proposal to create a National Climate Service. To better develop the proposal, NOAA is working with partners and stakeholders to collect feedback on how a National Climate Service could best meet their needs. You are invited to participate in a roundtable meeting with NOAA Deputy Under Secretary Mary Glackin from 10:30 am - noon EDT. Call-in participation is available. To RSVP contact
Policy Matters

House Science Subcommittee Funds Research on Ocean Acidity On June 18, H.R. 4174, a bill to allocate funds for research to better understand and to prevent the effects of increasing acidity in the oceans, passed the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, and has been forwarded to the full House Science and Technology Committee. The bill allocates up to $30 million for research on the impacts of carbon dioxide on the changing chemical composition of the oceans. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved a similar bill in May. To read the House bill, visit online.
Online Ocean Education Resources

Ocean World  is an ocean science website ­developed by Texas A&M University for students, teachers, and the general public. It ­contains information about many important processes in the ocean, as well as links to teaching material and sources of real-time data that can be used in the classroom. K-12 material is tied to national and Texas standards for teaching science and mathematics.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Presentation Zdenka Willis, Director of the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) program, will give an overview of the program Thursday, July 17, from noon-1pm EDT, at the NOAA Library in Silver Spring, Maryland. Teleconference access is available. For information, contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch. For more information on the NOAA Brown Bag Seminars, visit online.

Bringing Deep-sea Science into the Earth Science Classroom COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico, Pennsylvania State and Texas A&M Universities present the FLEXE/GLOBE Teacher Workshop at the  J.L. Scott Marine Education Center Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, July 24-25, 2008. This is an opportunity for teachers to learn about extreme environments, such as deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and how to bring this science into the classroom. Contact Sheila Brown for more information.

Professional Development Institute for Massachusetts Teachers The New England Aquarium is offering a FREE summer Professional Development Institute for Massachusetts science teachers. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the institute hopes to serve upper elementary and middle school science teachers from districts of need, but all Massachusetts teachers are welcome to apply. The institute will be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum July 28 - August 6, plus 2 Saturdays in the fall, dates TBD. Contact the Aquarium Teacher Resource Center for logistics and registration details..
Restore America's Estuaries National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Creating Solutions Through Collaborative Partnerships, will be held October 11-15, 2008 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence. Regsitration is now open.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Director of Education, Maine The Ocean Classroom Foundation is seeking a Director of Education. The Ocean Classroom Foundation is an educational organization based in Boothbay Harbor, Maine that provides programs of sea education and adventure aboard the schooners Westward, Spirit of Massachusetts and Harvey Gamage. Contact Jeff Parsons for more information.

Education Specialist, New York
The Education Department of the New York Aquarium, a division of the Wildlife Conservation Society, located on Coney Island, seeks an experienced educator to assume a major role in its educator training programs, developing and conducting professional development sessions for teachers of all grades, in addition to teaching classes onsite and offsite, and supporting special educational projects as needed. For more information contact

Director of Educational Programs, Washington State
Island Wood, an
educational facility offering programs for children, graduate students, teachers, families, and adults and based in the Puget Sound area on Bainbridge Island, is seeking a Director of Educational Programs.

Marine Education Coordinator, Oregon The Sea Grant Extension education program at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center's (HMSC) Visitor Center has an opening for a Marine Education Program Coordinator. The position participates as a team member of the Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education program and works with faculty to design, develop, market, evaluate, implement and coordinate public marine education delivered by HMSC K-12 marine educators. Application due by July 7. For more information contact Nancee Hunter

Marine Community Development Coordinator, Oregon Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a Assistant Professor/Sr. Researcher as a Sea Grant Extension Marine Community Development Educator. This position is located in Coos County, at Myrtle Point, Oregon. Responsibilities include increasing the capacity of the local community to address issues, problems, and opportunities related to natural resource-based economies. To review posting #0002354 and to apply, go to or contact Nancee Hunter

Education Manager, Florida Disney Animal Programs has an opening for an Education Manager. This position is responsible for the management of student group programs and day guest experiences at The Seas at Epcot. Visit online for more details.

Supervisor of Education, Hawai'i Dolphin Quest Oahu is looking for a Supervisor of Education, responsible for the management, development, implementation and evaluation of the marine, conservation and environmental educational programs that promote Dolphin Quest and its mission. For more information visit online.

Program Educator, California LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students), an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups that operates throughout California, has an opening for an Educator. For more information, visit online.

Program Coordinator, Florida Florida Institute of Technology has an opening for a full-time Program Coordinator for the Integrated Science Teaching Enhancement Partnership (InSTEP) with the Brevard Public Schools (BPS). InSTEP is part of a National Science Foundation-funded GK-12 education initiative and is designed to establish meaningful and productive collaborations among BPS teachers, graduate students, and Florida Tech researchers. For more information, contact  Richard Tankersley, InSTEP Director.
Student Opportunities

Summer  Ocean Science Academy, Boston The Marine Science Center of Northeastern University is offering a Coastal Ocean Science Academy for students entering 9th and 10th grades. The Academy runs from August 11-23, 8am-3pm. Registration is now open. For more information contact Tracy Hajduk.

Sea Education Association Openings, Cape Cod Sea Education Association still has a few openings in the high school Science at Sea class this summer, August 2-20, 2008. There are also openings in the college level SEA Semester courses this fall, September 2 - November 20, and October 15 - January 3. Click online for more information.

Alaska SeaLife Center Internships, Alaska The Alaska SeaLife Center is currently recruiting for two internship positions for the fall session (September - November), one Aquarium Internship and one Research Interpretation Internship. The application deadline date is July 1. Visit online for more information.

AmeriCorps Positions, Washington State The Port Townsend (Washington) Marine Science Center has openings for four Environmental Educator positions sponsored by the Washington State AmeriCorps job-training program. PTMSC facilities, located in Fort Worden State Park, include a Marine Exhibit of live, near-shore animals and plants and a Natural History Exhibit featuring shorelines, past and present, with an emphasis on geology. These positions start October 1. More information online.

Seashore Science Class, Cape Cod Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, offers the Coastal Explorers seashore science class for children at the MBL Club this season, for children ages four through six. For more information visit the MBL Club website.

Requests For Qualifications, Massachusetts The Massachusetts Ocean Partnership (formerly the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership Fund) has issued two Requests for Qualifications (RFQ), to assist in development of conceptual and operational planning framework options to guide integrated ocean management; and to support development of an integrated statewide ocean data network. The deadline for responses is July 11, 2008. The full text of each RFQ can be found online.

Marine Mammal Commission 2008 Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Marine Mammal Commission is seeking proposals for research and related activities that will further the conservation and management goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Proposals should be tailored to address either of two focused research topics: (1) Conservation of Critically Endangered Marine Mammal Species or Populations and (2) Indirect Effects of Fisheries on Marine Mammals. Proposals may include ecosystem dynamics modeling studies and field validation  of such modeling results. The closing date for applications is July 15, 2008. Learn more.

TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Institute TogetherGreen, National Audubon Society's newest conservation initiative, is accepting applications for the TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Institute. This program is an opportunity for conservation leaders - both established and emerging - to receive $10,000 to support a conservation project, to find professional development and training opportunities, and to become part of a community of conservation fellows. Applications due June 27. Details available online
or contact Anne Ferguson.

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!

Mass Audubon Seal Cruises Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is once again offering cruises to see the seals off the coast of Chatham, every Tuesday morning at 9 am from June 17 - September 2, and every Sunday afternoon at 2 pm from July 6 - August 31. Registration is required. For more information visit online.
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent July 10, 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.

EBM Tools
A schematic illustrating general categories of Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) tools
is available from the Ecosystem Based Management Tools Network online.

Penguin Chick Video
NBC Nightly News website has posted a three-minute video about how New England Aquarium penguin biologists have hand-raised a blue penguin chick that was rejected by its parents.
Watch the video.

SeaGrant Documents

The listing of new Sea Grant documents received by the National Sea Grant Library during May 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

MME Newsletter
The Summer Edition of the Massachusetts Marine Educators newsletter
has been posted on the
MME website

Marine Photo Contest

The SeaWeb Marine Photobank and Project AWARE Foundation 
invite you to submit your compelling ocean-themed marine photos to the
Ocean in Focus Conservation Photography Contest,
which runs through September 30, 2008.

SeaWeb Publications
The June issue of SeaWeb's Ocean Update in now available online.

CoastSweep 2008
The 21st Annual Massachusetts Coastal Cleanup: COASTSWEEP 2008
is now being planned

Coastsweep is the annual coastal cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and the Urban Harbors Institute.
  To plan your own cleanup event, or to join a cleanup in your area, visit online.

 The Coastsweep Poster Contest
is open to students in grades 4-12. 

For more information, contact the
Urban Harbors Institute.

Annual Student ROV Competition Online

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, the National Science Foundation, and the Marine
Technology Society's ROV Committee are holding the
7th Annual International Student ROV

June 26-28 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego.

Visit the
MATE competition 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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