COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

November 13, 2008

vol 5, no 21

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

cocept mapping at 2008 NEOSEC SummitNEOSEC Ocean Literacy Summit The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) Ocean Literacy Summit was a huge success! Over 100 participants joined together November 7 at the Boston University School of Management to hear keynote speaker Kerry Emanuel, participate in hands-on workshops, browse exhibits, and network with other ocean science education professionals. Detailed notes on the Summit will be appearing on the NEOSEC website soon! Thanks to everyone who helped make the Summit a success!
Reports, Publications, Announcements

National Ocean Sciences Bowl The mission of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is to enrich science teaching and learning across the United States through a high-profile national competition that increases high school students' knowledge of the oceans and enhances public understanding and stewardship of the oceans. The theme for the 2009 NOSB Finals Competition is Biodiversity. The finals competition will be held April 25-27, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Find out more online.

Massachusetts Ocean Plan Update In October, the public input process for the development of the ocean plan concluded a series of 18 public meetings across the Commonwealth, with more than 400 people attending. To ensure that the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) hears as many viewpoints as possible, EEA planning staff are holding approximately 50 meetings during the coming months with various organizations and interest groups that have a connection to the ocean. Information from these sessions is being compiled to help develop the baseline understanding of activities, uses, and issues in the ocean planning area, and to inform the development of plan principles. For more information about the ocean planning process, see EEA's Ocean Plan website. To receive periodic updates as these efforts progress, send an email to You may also add comments to the Public Input Portal online

North Atlantic Regional Cooperative Institute The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Ocean and Atmospheric Research and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are seeking applications for the establishment of a cooperative institute that will focus on the themes of Ecosystem Forecasting; Ecosystem Monitoring; Ecosystem Management, Protection and Restoration of Resources; Sustained Ocean Observations; and Climate Research. This research will be conducted within the New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions. For details, see the Federal Register Notice. Proposals are due by January 5, 2009.

Presentations Available from the Conference on Ocean Energy for New England On October 6, the Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC) at UMass Dartmouth hosted the first Conference on Ocean Energy for New England in Fall River, Massachusetts. The conference presentations are available on the MREC website.

Changes to Come Read how the presidential election results are going to affect science in a round-up article in the journal Science.
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Extreme 2008 Live Now Join researchers live on Extreme 2008: A Deep-Sea Adventure, a National Science Foundation expedition to explore deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés, ongoing now. The new interactive website includes a special Teacher's Corner, Extreme Activities for students, daily blogs, a chance to listen in live during research dives, and much more. Visit Extreme 2008.

Teacher Under the Sea
NOAA's underwater laboratory Aquarius, located in 63 feet of water off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, has begun its Teacher Under the Sea mission, embedding a teacher in a science mission for the first time and following his experience through online broadcasts, blogs, and interaction. Visit the Teacher Under the Sea Mission.
Live broadcasts of the mission will be available Saturday November 15 and Tuesday November 18 at 10:30AM EST.

Climate Literacy Find out everything you need to know about the concepts of Climate Literacy through the Climate Literacy Network. The Climate Literacy Framework summarizes the essential principles and fundamental concepts of climate literacy. Also included on the website is a Resource Clearinghouse, Curriculum Research and information about the Development Climate Corps.

Ocean Topography From Space  NASA's Ocean Surface Topography Mission invites you to visit the mission website for background information, updates, a sea level viewer, educational resources and more. 

Marine Sanctuaries Multi-Media Library NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has launched the National Marine Sanctuary Media Library, an online vault containing a comprehensive collection of high-quality video footage and still images featuring all 13 of the national marine sanctuaries and the Papahănaumokuăkea Marine National Monument. Users can download high-resolution images by visiting online.

Investigating the Ocean with Satellite Data NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, together with the Science House of North Carolina State University and Sea Grant, offer students six inquiry activities to investigate the ocean using satellite data and other online resources.

Ocean Race Around the World The 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race education website offers middle school students and teachers the opportunity to virtually race around the world with seven Volvo Ocean Race teams as they circumnavigate the globe. The website will be updated regularly throughout the school year, and currently offers activities for students, lesson plans for teachers, and more.

Educational Layer in Google Earth The new educational layer in Google Earth shows the locations of over 4000 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the globe on the MPA Layer. Case studies are highlighted in the layer through interactive graphics. Also available is an interactive version of the meta-analysis depicting responses inside marine reserves around the world. Users can explore the graph from this analysis to further investigate these data and navigate to individual reserves.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Natural History Field Seminar
at Eagle Hill on the Maine Coast, June 21-27,  2009. The Humbolt Field Research Institute is hosting a new seminar, Invertebrate Indicators of Marine Coastal Habitats Seminar, taught at an advanced student level and of interest to teachers and researchers of marine ecology and conservation biology. The knowledge and techniques learned can be used in the classroom and/or applied to problems in coastal ecology. Field and laboratory exercises will focus on sampling techniques and lectures will present concepts basic to coastal habitat classification. Instructors are Tom Trott (Suffolk U.) and Robert Knowlton (George Washington U.). For more information visit online or contact Tom Trott.

Live From Antarctica Join educator Shakira Brown-Petit live from Antarctica for highly interactive sessions about Earth's polar regions and climate change. See and learn how and what scientists are researching on the ice as they attempt to find evidence of a world much warmer than it is today. Sessions are designed for elementary and middle school audiences and are taking place on November 19 and 24, 2008. Sessions require both an Internet connection and a telephone. To register, visit online.

Wildlife Conservation Society Online Courses The Bronx Zoo offers traditional and hybrid online programs for environmental educators. Upcoming classes include Marine Biology for Elementary Instructors, Conservation Biology, Habitat Ecology, and more. Visit online.

Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project Formal educators are invited to apply to become a NASA Endeavor Fellow. Each Fellow will be fully funded to complete a unique Online Certificate in Applied Science Education with Teachers College, Columbia University based on NASA content and educational materials. The goal of the Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project is to give teachers the cutting-edge tools necessary to contribute to the development of a STEM workforce. For more information and to apply, visit online.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Marine Sanctuary Executive Director, California
The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is seeking an Executive Director, responsible for fundraising, financial management, public relations and staff management.
Applications are due November 21. For more information about the position visit online.

Sea Grant Associate Executive Director, Louisiana
The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program is seeking an Associate Executive Director to serve as leader of the Louisiana Sea Grant Extension Program and liaison to the marine extension agents. Applications are due November 14.  For more information contact Executive Director Dr. Charles Wilson.
Student Opportunities

Museum Internships, California The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is accepting applications for internship positions starting in January 2009.  Internships are available in museum education, museum exhibits and the art program. For more information visit online.

Internships, Nantucket The Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket is accepting applications for Summer 2009 Aquarium and Marine Biology Internships for college students. For more information contact Robert Kennedy.

Seaspace Scholarships Seaspace, Inc., an annual underwater film festival, symposium, and exposition, offers marine-related scholarships. The Seaspace Permanent Education Fund endows undergraduate and graduate scholarships specifically in support of marine-related courses of study. The deadline for application is February 2, 2009. More information online.

Marine Policy Fellowships The NOAA Sea Grant College Program is accepting applications for the 2010 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program. This one-year program provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative and executive branches, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, DC area, for a one year paid fellowship. Applications are due by February 20, 2009.

Cape Cod Natural History Conference Request for Presentations The 14th annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2009. This full-day conference, held in Barnstable at the Cape Cod Community College, features 15-minute oral presentations on diverse natural history topics, local research projects, and conservation efforts related to Cape Cod. Poster presentations are also available. Proposals for both oral and poster presentations are now being accepted. Contact Melissa Lowe for details.

NAAEE Conference Call for Presentations The 2009 North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference, to be held October 7-10 in Portland, Oregon, has the theme The Power of Partnerships - Creative Leadership in Environmental Education. There will be twelve conference strands, including one on Coastal and Marine Education. For more information 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!

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.

GOMMEA Meeting The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) will be holding their Annual Meeting November 20 from 4-8 PM at the University of Southern Maine. View the invitation online. In addition, author Trevor Corson will be speaking on his insights into the world of sushi.

Right Whale Lecture New England Aquarium (NEAq) will present Using Technology to Help Protect the North Atlantic Right Whale with Kerry Lagueux, an NEAq Associate Scientist who is using mapping and geographic visualization technology to help understand the patterns of risk for the North Atlantic right whale. Thursday November 20, 7:00PM. See the NEAq website to RSVP.

Shark and Stingray Conservation Lecture Into the Wild Blue, Paul Erickson, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History,
Saturday November 22, 2:00PM.
Wellfleet Harbor Seals and Seabirds Cruise Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is offering cruises out of Wellfleet Harbor into Cape Cod Bay and Billingsgate Shoal. Saturday November 22, 1:30PM; Friday November 28, 2PM; Saturday November 29, 2PM. Registration required; contact Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Northeastern University Marine Science Center Evening Lecture Series Geology of Iceland, Dr. Malcolm Hill, Associate Professor of Earth/Environmental Science, Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Nahant, MA, 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 December 4, 2008. Please send announcements and news to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

Back issues of NEwswave are available in an online archive.
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 is 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 is now underway through November 19, 2008.

Alvin on Today

The WHOI submersible Alvin was featured recently on NBC's The Today Show. The segment includes footage and discussion about the discovery of deep sea vents and their importance to our understanding of the development of life on Earth. Watch the video clip.


Protect Planet Ocean
The Protect Planet Ocean website
aims to bring the best information on marine protected areas to a global audience, including basic facts on each of nearly 5000 MPAs worldwide; the ability to upload information, photos, videos, and other content for each MPA; discussions of the science of no-take marine reserves; multimedia content on MPAs, including videos and podcasts; and more.
Visit Protect Planet Ocean.

New Sea Grant Documents

The listing of new Sea Grant documents received by the National Sea Grant Library during October 2008 is

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 as PDF documents and many others will be digitally available in the near future.  

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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