COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

October 31, 2008

vol 5, no 20

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. Curious about the First Ocean Literacy Summit? Visit the 2006 Summit archive.
Reports, Publications, Announcements

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 Smart Buoy NOAA's Chesapeake Bay office successfully deployed the fifth Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) Smart Buoy at Havre de Grace, Maryland, near the mouth of the Susquehanna River. The buoy is outfitted with a series of oceanographic and meteorological sensors and forms another 'smart' marker along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, as well as providing a window on the local marine environment to boaters, kayakers, students and other stakeholders. For more details on the CBIBS network and to see actual data from the buoys, visit online.

Giant Squid Curriculum Guide is a teacher's manual designed to accompany the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, In Search of Giant Squid. The exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), based on a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History, and presented with the support of NASA, NOAA, and the Discovery Channel. Download the guide (PDF).
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Online Ocean and Climate Change  Workshop 
The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-West (COSEE-West) invites formal and informal educators to participate in an online workshop, Weather, Sea Level Rise and Climate Change, to be held November 3-23. The online workshop environment will include "rooms" to ask questions of keynote speakers and to hold discussions with other educators around the country and the world. COSEE-West will also post supporting teacher resources in the online environment. The course will take place in the College of Exploration's virtual campus. Registration is free, but you must register by November 3.

Course Testing Workshop at New England Aquarium
The Teacher Resource Center (TRC) at New England Aquarium is piloting a new class Intertidal Ecology and would like the input of area middle and high school science teachers. This hands-on program uses field methods using Aquarium traveling tidepools. Students will gain an understanding of species ID, intertidal zonation, and niche theory. Teachers are invited to come to the Aquarium to test this program on Wednesday November 5, from 5-7PM.  After participating in the workshop, TRC staff will come into your classroom and test this 45-minute class with your students - for free! Contact Hannah to pre-register.

Aquarium Field Trip Prep Workshops The Teacher Resource Center (TRC) at New England Aquarium will help you plan an Aquarium visit with your class, grade level or school. The workshop highlights curriculum-based activities, connections to the state and national science standards, a personalized tour, and orientation to the TRC. The workshop is offered    Saturday November 1, 9-11AM; Thursday November 13, 4-6PM; Tuesday December 9, 4-6PM. To register contact Nicole Scola

Teacher Under the Sea Mission
The Aquarius Reef Base Undersea Laboratory will be conducting a special science mission, November 11-20, dubbed the Teacher Under The Sea Mission featuring a classroom science teacher
embedded in the mission's undersea crew. The mission will feature three live broadcasts, which can be observed on the website, plus lesson plans, blogs, and archived media.
Students and teachers may also contribute to an Ask an Aquanaut forum, and live webcams will be available. Visit the  mission website.

Alaska Workshop for Teachers and Students Teachers are invited to Seward, Alaska this summer to study glaciers, marine life, coastal ecology, and the human-related impacts on the wild Kenai Fjords. Formal and informal educators from all science disciplines are welcome to attend. Educators travel and participate free with seven paying participants from their school or organization. Find out more on the Kenai Discovery website. Green Edventures uses travel, environmental education principals, scientific data, and personal discovery to teach students about ecological impacts.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Ocean Planning Research Teams, Massachusetts 
The Massachusetts Ocean Partnership (MOP) is seeking qualified consultants or research teams to support integrated ocean management planning and implementation. The Partnership has issued, through UMASS-Boston, a  Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and a Request for Responses (RFR). The full text of each request is can also be found online.

Environmental Educator, Florida
Sanibel Sea School has an opening for an Environmental Educator. The Sanibel Sea School, on Sanibel Island, Florida, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting marine conservation through experiential education. For more information visit online or email

Regional Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Alabama
The Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Fairhope, Alabama has an opening for a Gulf Regional Coastal Training Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will help the five Gulf Coast NERRs Coastal Training Programs (CTP) in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas connect the needs of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issue Teams, the Gulf states, and local communities to provide targeted professional workshops. Find out more online.

Marine Education Specialist, Alaska
Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP), School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences has an opening for a Marine Education Specialist in Anchorage, Alaska. This position will work as a member of a team to develop a Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence in Alaska (COSEE-Alaska). Apply on the University of Alaska Jobs website; click on posting #0056428. A full description is available online (PDF).

Naturalist, Florida 
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center in Stuart, Florida, a marine education center on Hutchinson Island along the Indian River Lagoon, is seeking to fill an opening for a Naturalist. Applications are available online.

Science Educators, Georgia Driftwood Education Center on St. Simon's Island, Georgia, is now hiring Science Educators. Science Educators teach day and evening programs in beach, forest, and ocean ecology, lead trips to Cumberland Island National Seashore and Okefenokee Swamp, trawl inland waters for marine life and assist in the maintenance of reptiles, mammals, birds, salt water aquariums and touch tanks. Also assist in curriculum development and other tasks as required. Job posting available online.

Shipboard Educators, California The tallship American Pride is now hiring on-board education staff, to start in January. American Pride programs are a project of the Children's Maritime Foundation. Staff are required to teach a variety of marine science topics and be a part of role playing for living history programs. A majority of the programs are marine science based. Sailing experience is not required. For more information contact the Children's Maritime Foundation office
or visit online.

Nautical Museum Educator, California The Newport Harbor
Nautical Museum in Newport Beach, California seeks an educator to teach nautical education programs. The educator will work closely with the Education and Curriculum Director to implement and create education programs for school groups, families, pre-school children, after school groups. For more information email Leslie Engeldrum or visit online.

Director of Aquarium Education, Hawaii The Waikiki Aquarium is looking for a Director of Education with a background in both marine education and conservation biology. The advertisement can be found online.
Student Opportunities

Whale Field Research Program Beam Reach offers an opportunity in marine field science for under/grad students and college-bound students, to use advanced bioacoustic techniques to study endangered killer whales, their environment, and the endangered and threatened salmon they eat, in the Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School. Now accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2009. More details and recent publications online.

NOAA Conservation Internship Program NOAA and the Student Conservation Association have signed an agreement that will pave the way for conservation interns to protect some of the most valued coastal natural resources, while working with marine scientists. For more information, read the NOAA news release.


Blue Vision Summit Join local, regional and national blue groups, scientists, sailors, surfers, fishermen, maritime workers, businesses, educators, clergy and youth for two days of speakers and panels on Federal action on the ocean, solutions that are working and ways to address Climate Change impacts. At the Carnegie Institution, George Washington University, March 7-10, 2009. For details visit 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!

Squid Lecture Longfin Inshore Squid in Nantucket Sound: Biology, Ecology and the Fishery,Owen Nichols, director of the Marine Fisheries Initiative at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Tuesday November 11, 1:30PM, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster.

Northeastern University Marine Science Center Evening Lecture Series SCUBA Diving Related Careers, Holly Martel Bourbon, Dive Safety Officer/Marine Fisheries Biologist, Division of Marine Fisheries-Marine Fisheries Institute.
Tuesday November 18, 7:00PM, Northeastern Marine Science Center, Nahant, MA.

Shark and Stingray Conservation Lecture Into the Wild Blue, Paul Erickson, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History,
Saturday November 22, 2:00PM.
Northeastern University Marine Science Center Evening Lecture Series Geology of Iceland, Dr. Malcolm Hill, Associate Professor of Earth/Environmental Science, Northeastern University, Tuesday January 13, 2009, 7:00PM. This lecture is free to the public. Northeastern Marine Science Center
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent November 14, 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.

Online Ocean Literacy Review

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.

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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