COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

October 17, 2008

vol 5, no 19

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

NEOSEC Ocean Literacy Summit The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) will host ocean scientists, science writers, educators, education administrators, marine industry representatives, 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. For details, visit the Summit webpage. 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

Online Public Review of Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence The National COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) Network, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the College of Exploration and the National Marine Educators Association will soon be conducting an online public review of the Ocean Literacy Scope & Sequence for Grades K-12 on the virtual campus of the College of Exploration. The review will take place online from November 5-19, 2008. Save the date! More details to follow. For information on Ocean Literacy, visit online.
For more information on the online review, contact Lynn Tran.

Informal Institutions Assessment Another COSEE Center, COSEE-Pacific Partnerships, is currently conducting an assessment of the professional development needs of educators and husbandry personnel working in informal science education institutions (ISEIs) nationwide. If you are interested in participating in the needs assessment contact Kerry Carlin-Morgan, Director of Public Programs at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

NOAA Coral Reef Educational Resources The 2008 Coral Reef Educational Resources CD is a collection of coral reef education and outreach materials created by state and federal agencies as well as non-profit organizations that are part of the Education and Outreach Working Group of the NOAA Coral Reef Task Force. The materials cover a wide range of topics related to coral reefs, including basic coral biology, coral reef ecosystems, human use, threats, and conservation efforts. Download the CD.

Microdocs Ecological Sustainability Resource The Microdocs Short Attention Span Science Theater website, created and hosted by researchers at Stamford University,  presents over thirty two- to four-minute micro-documentaries exploring ecological sustainability. Supporting each microdoc is text expanding on the concepts introduced by each film, and links to further reference material.

WhaleNet Interactive Education Resources WhaleNet disseminates educational resources focusing on marine concepts for use with existing curriculum, including
online real-time and archived satellite tracking data of seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles; eleven years of North Atlantic Right Whale sighting data; a "build your own whale" activity; and more. WhaleNet is sponsored by Wheelock College. Visit WhaleNet.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Online Weather, Sea Level and Climate Change Workshop
Formal and informal educators are invited to join  a free online workshop, Weather, Sea Level Rise and Climate Change, running November 3 - 23, 2008 on the College of Exploration virtual campus. Graduate-level credit is available. Enrollment begins October 20. Sponsored by COSEE-West.

Extreme 2008 Deep Sea Adventure Registration is now open for classrooms around the globe to participate in Extreme 2008: A Deep-Sea Adventure, a virtual field trip to the ocean's depths, presented by the University of Delaware with support from the National Science Foundation. From November 10-30, scientists and graduate students will travel to underwater geysers in the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California to learn more about the microscopic organisms that thrive in these extreme environments of scalding heat, high pressure, toxic chemicals and darkness. Teachers need to register for classrooms to participate. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until October 31.

Building New England Connections Building New England Connections (BNEC) will bring together one team of two elementary/middle school teachers and a science coordinator/supervisor from each New England state in order to learn to use the watersheds and coastal environments of New England as a context for learning. Project Oceanology and Connecticut Sea Grant are providing this opportunity with funding from NOAA. BNEC is a two-day professional development session that will be held on November 21-22 at Project Oceanology in Groton, Connecticut. During the workshop participants will be immersed in a model research experience while sharing ideas and resources to facilitate the incorporation of estuarine and watershed concepts into classroom curriculum. Later in the year each teacher and fifty students will participate in a 2-day overnight research project of coastal and watershed environments, including an oceanographic research cruise, laboratory and field studies.
For more information contact Diana Payne.

ARMADA Project 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. Application deadline is February 9, 2008. For more information about teacher qualifications, responsibilities, and to download an application see the ARMADA Project website or contact Andrea Kecskes.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Director, NOAA Office of Science and Technology, Maryland
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking to fill the position of Director, Office of Science and Technology, in the agency's headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The vacancy is now open and closes on October 29, 2008. The announcement is NOAA#09-03.NJH and can be accessed via

Aquarium Positions, Oregon The Oregon Coast Aquarium, in Newport, Oregon, is seeking a new President and CEO as well as a Public Program Coordinator. Details on both positions may be found online.

Assistant Aquarium Curator, Georgia
The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service has an opening for Assistant Curator at their aquarium on Skidaway Island. Visit the UGA iPAWS website and follow the "Staff Openings" links. The posting number is 20081478.
Student Opportunities

QuikScience Challenges The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Quiksilver and COSEE-West announce several upcoming QuikScience Challenges. The Challenge is a multi-faceted competition for student teams designed to spark their interest in science and the oceans. The Challenge also seeks to foster leadership qualities in young people through environmental awareness and stewardship. There are two Challenge competitions, one for middle school teams (grades 6-8) and one for high school teams. In addition, the Music Challenge offers an opportunity for students to compose an original ocean-themed song. Visit online for additional information or contact Terri Lynn Bidle.

Earthwatch Fellowships for High School Students The Student Challenge Awards Program (SCAP) offers gifted students ages 16-18 an opportunity to spend 2 to 3 weeks at a field research station. SCAP is a competitive fellowship program for students who excel in the arts and humanities that exposes students to the latest scientific technology and innovative methods, and seeks to place them at research stations engaged in a wide range of projects. Student application deadline is December 1, 2008.  For more information and to nominate a student visit online.

Boston Sea Rovers Internship The Boston Sea Rovers is a non-profit volunteer organization and SCUBA club that showcases underwater filmmaking and photography. The Sea Rovers are currently accepting applications for the 2009 Frank Scalli Annual Summer Internship. Qualified graduating high school seniors and college freshman interested in pursuing underwater careers are encouraged to apply to the Sea Rovers by October 31, 2008. Opportunities will include hands-on work with professional underwater photographers and filmmakers, educational specialists, marine engineers and scientists, equipment manufacturer's representatives, and dive shop owners. Interested candidates should visit online or contact Vin Malkoski. Applications are due by October 31.

SENEME Conference Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME) present their Fall 2008 Conference and Annual Meeting Saturday, October 18, 2008, at Project Oceanology, University of Connecticut, Groton, CT. Join us as we celebrate SENEME's 25th Anniversary. Come for the workshops - stay for the party! More details online.

Success Stories in Ocean Conservation The International Marine Conservation Congress will take place May 20-24, 2009 in Washington, DC.  The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will kick off the conference with one-day public program, Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories in Ocean Conservation. The program will highlight conservation efforts that are making a difference around the world, allow conservation professionals to learn from the success of others, and demonstrate to the public and policy makers that the situation is not hopeless.  A call for case studies with clear, tangible results has a deadline of December 15, 2008. More information online.

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!

Lecture at Northeastern Northeastern University Marine Science Center Evening Lecture Series presents Seaweed blooms: the problems they cause and the potential use as bioremediators of toxic pollutants, given by Dr. Donald Cheney, Associate Professor of Biology at Northeastern University, Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 7:00pm, at the Marine Science Center. Contact Tracy Hajduk for details.

SEA Lectures Sea Education Association (SEA) presents three research seminars open to the public:
October 23, 12:00pm, Lillie Auditorium, MBL
Dr. Jorge Sarmiento, Princeton University
A Global Carbon Budget Update
October 31, 12:00pm, Carriage House, Quissett Campus, WHOI, Dr. Cynthia Pilskaln, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Carbon Recycling in the Nephaloid Layer
November 13, 11:30am, Clark 507, Quissett Campus, WHOI
Dr. Chris Sabine, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL), Observations from Pacific CO2 Buoy Network

Lectures at Boston University Professor Simon Levin, the Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton's Center for BioComplexity will give two talks at Boston University:
October 27Cooperation and Collective Behavior: From Bacteria to the Global Commons, 9th Floor Metcalf Trustees Ballroom, Boston University, One Sherborn Street (Silber Way), 6 pm.
October 29Ecosystems and Socioeconomic Systems as Complex Adaptive Systems: Scientific Challenges in Achieving a Sustainable Future, Photonics Center, Boston University, 8 Saint Mary's Street, 12 noon. Details online.
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent October 30, 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.

COASTSWEEP is the annual shoreline cleanup in Massachusetts, with more than 100 cleanups scheduled along the Commonwealth's coast throughout September and October. These cleanups and beach trash are the focus of a WBZ-TV story, Beach-Goers Leave Trashy Beaches Behind, which features Coastal Zone Management Director Leslie-Ann McGee. For COASTSWEEP details or to get involved with a cleanup near you, see the COASTSWEEP website. Additional cleanups are scheduled through the end of the month.

COASTSWEEP is a member of Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup.

Ocean Plan Listening Sessions
The public is invited to participate in the ocean management planning process in Massachusetts by attending one of several "Listening Sessions" being held around the Commonwealth through October. For the session schedule visit online.

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