COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

September 19, 2008

vol 5, no 17

In This Issue
COSEE-New England and NEOSEC News
Reports, Publications, Announcements
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Jobs in New England
Student Opportunities
NEwswave Schedule
COSEE-New England and NEOSEC News

Science Education and Outreach at the MIT MuseumThe Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) is co-sponsoring the opening of Innovation Weekend at the MIT Museum on Friday, September 26, from 5-8pm with an evening devoted to showcasing science outreach. The evening is open to the public, and offers talks and demonstrations especially for educators. COSEE-New England and NEOSEC, members of COPUS, will describe COSEE-NE's Telling Your Story project as well as NEOSEC's upcoming Ocean Literary Summit (see below). For more information contact Natalie Kuldell.

NEOSEC Seeking Teacher-Presenters  The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) is seeking presenters for their Ocean Literacy Summit (see below) who can share their own experience and practices for teaching about ocean science and climate change (especially the intersection between the two topics). For more information, contact Lauren Rader ; deadline for proposals is September 26.

NEOSEC Ocean Literacy Summit The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) will host ocean scientists, science writers, educators, education 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. Early-bird registration is now open, and the deadline is September 26. For details, visit online. Please email Pam DiBona if you would like more information as it becomes available. Curious about the First Ocean Literacy Summit? Visit the 2006 Summit archive.
Reports, Publications, Announcements

Stellwagen Plan Comment Period Extended
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has extended the period for public comment on the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) to October 3, 2008. Comments on the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment may be emailed to Copies of the plan can be downloaded from the sanctuary website.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Oceanography for Educators at University of Rhode Island 
Learn more about marine life, the properties of seawater, structure of the oceans, atmospheric and oceanic interactions, and coastal processes. The relationship of these topics to Rhode Island's marine environment will be highlighted. Course includes application of ocean science content to support the new Rhode Island Science Grade Span Expectations and development of inquiry-based activities for the classroom. The course will be held at the Coastal Institute, URI Narragansett Bay Campus, with eight Wednesday classroom sessions, 4-6:30pm (September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 19) and three 6-hour Saturday field sessions, 9am to 3pm (September 27, October 4, 18). Registration through the Narragansett Bay Classroom is required.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Program Associate, Boston
The Massachusetts Ocean Partnership (MOP) is seeking a Program Associate (PA); the position will be based in Boston, Massachusetts. MOP is a newly established public-private partnership created to advance integrated multi-use ocean management in support of sustainable marine industries and ecosystem stewardship leading to resilient and productive ocean ecosystems in MA state waters. The PA will support senior staff in implementing Strategic Plan programs and activities. The position is funded through December 2009 with extension possible. Application deadline is September 29. For more information visit online (pdf).

Ocean Science Education Specialist, Washington DC
On September 27, 2008 the Smithsonian Institution (SI) National Museum of Natural History will open its new Ocean Hall. The SI, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the National COSEE Network, is hiring a new ocean science educator who will work directly in the Ocean Hall with a wide variety of audiences. It is important to note that the key requirements for the position are a strong background in the ocean sciences as demonstrated by course work and professional activities and ocean science education experience in formal and/or informal settings. For information and/or help with the application process contact Paula Keener-Chavis. The position description is available online; the application deadline is September 25.

Policy Outreach Coordinator, Maryland
COMPASS (COMmunication Partnership for Science and the Sea) is seeking a Science Policy Outreach Coordinator. COMPASS
works to advance marine conservation science and communicate that science to policymakers, practitioners, the media and the public. To view the job and apply visit

Education Center Director, California Clem Miller Environmental Education Center at the Point Reyes National Seashore is looking for a new director. The Center is located 90 minutes north of San Francisco in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The nine building facility is in a wilderness area one mile from the ocean. The director leads two dynamic K-12 programs cultivating awareness, knowledge, and stewardship of the natural world. More information online or contact Andrew Lowry.

Marine Science Field Instructor, Florida MarineLab, located on Key Largo, has an opening for a Marine Science Field Instructor. Instructors lead elementary through college age students on an intensive exploration of the seagrass, mangroves, and coral reef communities of Key Largo, Florida. Duties include setting up labs, teaching snorkeling skills, presenting lectures on ecology, operating 26' twin hull center-console boats to take students to snorkel sites, and supervising students in the water at field trip sites. For more information visit MarineLab online or contact Marc Galloway.

Student Opportunities

Women in Science at NEAq The New England Aquarium's Women in Science Program engages young women ages 12 to 18, from middle and high schools around New England, to discover many different facets of marine science. Participants learn that science is not a male-only profession, that the world of science is multi-faceted, and that the conduct of and context for science is multidimensional. Two all-day events serve middle and high school populations. The program for middle school girls will be held on October 20, 2008. The program for high school girls will be held on November 3, 2008. For registration and more information visit online.

Coastal Studies for Girls Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG), based in Freeport, Maine, offers a residential science and leadership semester school just for girls. CSG is dedicated to girls who have a love for learning and discovery, an adventurous spirit, and a desire to challenge themselves. Visit the new CSG website for more information.

Internship, Alaska The Alaska SeaLife Center will host an intern within the Education Department this winter/spring.  The position will begin February 23, 2009 and end June 12.  Application materials are due by December 1, 2008. For more  information visit online.

Marine Policy Fellowship
The NOAA Sea Grant College Program is now accepting applications for the 2010 Dean John A Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships. The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program is a National Sea Grant sponsored federal fellows program that provides an educational experience to students who have an interest in marine/ocean/Great Lakes resources and the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year paid fellowship ($34,000 stipend). Applications are due February 20, 2009. The full request for applications and guidelines are available on the NOAA Knauss website.


American Cetacean Society 11th Annual International Conference Whales in a Changing World, November 13-16, 2008, Monterey Bay, California, with a Gray Whale and Climate Change Symposium following on Monday, November 17. American Cetacean Society conferences are open to everyone. For more information visit the ACS website.

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!

Northeastern University's Marine Science Center's Open House Saturday September 20, 2008, 10 am-3 pm, featuring Guided Tidepool and Geology Walks, Tour Center for  Vertebrate Studies, Tours of the WWII Bunker, Tours of the Solar Observatory, Marine Research Exhibits, Marine Life Exhibits, Beach Cleanup. For more information visit online.

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Course Exploring the Edges with Museum Naturalist Doug Smith, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 pm, September 30, October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23. For further information, contact the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History,

New England Aquarium Educator Appreciation Night Area teachers are invited to New England Aquarium's annual Educator Appreciation Night, Wednesday, October 1. Discover the educational programs the Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theatre have to offer. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have about field trips, teacher resources and other educational programs. Light appetizers, beverages and dessert will be served. Aquarium activities will take place  5-8:30 p.m. Early birds can arrive at 3:30 p.m. for Duck Tours, Spirit of Boston Reception, and Harbor Cruise.
All events are first-come first-served, and free. To register visit here. (Name: EAN, Password: 1234) This event is for adults only. Bring a colleague as your guest!

A Whale Affair The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), the Cape Cod Mermaid, and radio station WATD are hosting a show and auction to raise money to support crucial WDCS programs while raising awareness about the state of the oceans and the status of the world's whales. Come enjoy whale, dolphin and ocean themed art in the company of the artists and WDCS scientists at the Winslow House in Marshfield, Massachusetts, October 2, starting at 7 pm. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets visit A WhaleAffair website  or contact Sue Rocca.

Boston Environmental Education Summit Teachers, educators, and environmental practitioners will gather to kick off a new partnership between the Boston Public School's Science Department and Boston-based environmental education organizations to promote learning, achievement and environmental stewardship, October 3, 5-8:30 pm. This event is being held in conjunction with the dedication of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Summit will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank, 600 Atlantic Avenue Boston. Dinner will be followed by keynote addresses and a 1.5 hour workshop session to demonstrate partnerships between school teachers and Boston environmental education organizations that take students outdoors to learn. For more information click here.

The second Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium will be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus Center on October 3, 2008, from 9am-4pm, focusing on marine and terrestrial research within the boundaries of the Boston Harbor Island Park. For more information visit online.
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival  On Saturday, October 4, 5-9pm, Friends of Casco Bay will host the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Abromson Auditorium on University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. This family-friendly event features a selection of films, from animated shorts to full-length documentaries. Film, ticket, and sponsorship information available online.
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent October 2, 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.

Aquarium Blogs
The New England Aquarium staff write numerous blogs. Here is a sampling:

See video of breaching right whales and mom and calf pairs on the Right Whale Bay of Fundy Blog

Get the latest seal photos and video on the Marine Mammal Trainers Blog

Experience the GOT from the divers' perspective in the Giant Ocean Tank Blog

Keep up to date with all the live blogs

SeaWeb e-Publications
SeaWeb regularly publishes electronic reports, including Ocean Update and Marine Science Reviews. To subscribe to SeaWeb's e-publications, visit online.


Marine Photography 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.


New England Aquarium Lectures
Upcoming lectures at New England Aquarium include The Largest Canyon in the Ocean on September 29, and Whales: Candles, Pigs and Cheeses in Disguise? on October 6.

All lectures begin at 7:00 pm in the Aquarium's Harborside Learning Lab. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

For more information visit online.

Massachusetts Ocean Planning Update

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
will be conducting listening sessions in order to 
hear from Commonwealth citizens on their goals for the Massachusetts ocean plan. These public meetings will be held throughout the state, beginning in mid-September and continuing throughout October.
The complete list of listening sessions is online.

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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