COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

December 8, 2008

vol 5, no 22

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

Telling Your Story at MIT COSEE-New England will be offering the workshop Telling Your Story on January 16, 2009. The day-long workshop will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. Participants will include:
Researchers (including grad students) who are interested in broader impacts through school visits. The workshop helps scientists think about how to "tell their story" - not presenting their research as such, but putting their research in the context of the larger world of science and what it's like to be a scientist.
Teachers who would like to make connections with scientists for their students. In the past, the teacher-researcher pairs have not only had one-time visits, but have developed curricula together, and published/presented their projects through the National Science Teacher Association and other venues.
Trainers/Facilitators who would like to learn how to conduct the workshop.

Save the date!
Registration details to follow. For more information contact Pam DiBona. The workshop will be included in the COPUS Year of Science calendar.
Reports, Publications, Announcements

A Day Without the Ocean The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) is sponsoring the Year of Science 2009, with monthly celebrations centered around a theme. For June's Ocean and Water theme, the Year of Science 2009 website will feature a slide show entitled A Day Without the Ocean. The organizers are collecting digital images from the ocean education community, scientists, teachers, students, and anyone else interested, that illustrate what the world would be like if we lost this vital resource for a day. Visit the Year of Science 2009 website.

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week)
promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12 students and educators of all subjects in a week of environmental learning and service before Earth Day. This year's EE Week will be held April 12-18, 2009 and the theme is Be Water Wise! Registered partners will have access to a wide variety of free environmental education resources. Questions? Contact Jessica Culverhouse or register online.

NOAA and NSF Commission Study of Ocean Acidification
The first comprehensive national study of how carbon dioxide emissions absorbed into the oceans may be altering fisheries, marine mammals, coral reefs, and other natural resources has been commissioned by NOAA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information, read NOAA's news release.
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows  This fellowship program brings outstanding K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educators to Washington, DC for a school year to share their practical insights and real world perspectives in offices of Federal Agencies (such as NOAA, NASA and NSF) or Capitol Hill.  Einstein Fellows receive a monthly stipend, a moving allowance and a travel budget. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy and is managed by Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. Visit online to learn more about the program and meet this year's Fellows or contact Program Manager Liz Burck.

Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative eNewsletter A project of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, the 2008 eNewsletter (PDF) from the Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) provides updates on seafloor mapping efforts in the Gulf of Maine region.

Climate Change Guide for Journalists, Scientists and Educators The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, based at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, is publishing Communicating on Climate Change: An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists and Educators, due out in January 2009. The book is based on a series of interactive workshops funded by the National Science Foundation that brought journalists and climate scientists together to address barriers and develop recommendations for effective communication. Information about the report, including a pdf download and an order form for the printed book, is available online

Climate Literacy:  Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts The Climate Literacy Network offers a climate science literacy guide to serve as a framework for understanding and communicating about climate science.  Points in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide can also serve educators who teach climate science principles as a way to meet learning standards in their science curriculum.  The website offers links to additional student and teacher resources.

Policy Matters

Ocean Policy Recommendations for the New Administration Both the Joint Ocean Commission and The Ocean Foundation have prepared recommendations for the new administration.

Online Ocean Science Education Resources

NOS Introduces New Online Education Tools The National Ocean Service (NOS) is offering a new set of environmental science resources for teachers of grades 5-12. These modules, created in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, focus on estuaries, coral ecosystems and the ocean's role in weather and climate. The website provides resource links, background information, sample student work, and case studies.

Kids' Science Challenge is a National Science and Engineering Competition for students in grades 3-6, funded by the National Science Foundation. Using a range of new and traditional media - podcasts, virtual communities, after-school activities, online games, and a nationwide competition, in addition to prizes like trips to visit scientists, skateboards, telescopes, encyclopedias, science toys and activity kits - the Kidsʼ Science Challenge involves a nationwide competition which encourages third to sixth graders to submit experiments and problems for a group of scientists and engineers to solve. Entries must be received by January 31, 2009. Find out more online.

Ocean Guardian Programs, sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, encourage teachers and students to explore their natural surroundings. Students can make a difference by becoming a member of the Ocean Guardian Kids Club. Teachers can form an Ocean Guardian Classroom. Everyone can download a free copy of the Ocean Guardian Activity Book to learn more about the ocean and why it's important through word searches, games, and coloring pages. Visit the Ocean Guardian Programs online.

NASA e-Clips are short video segments available for downloading. The video clips are designed to inspire students to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to understand the application of these subjects in the real world.  More videos will be added in the future, but those currently available include Why are Oceans Salty, What is Weather, and more. Explore e-Clips.

Operation: Resilient Planet Game, sponsored by the Jason Project and National Geographic, is a game which brings students along on real-life science expeditions with practicing researchers and explorers. Students will need to use the right tools, find the right data, and be prepared to argue their case. The game is correlated to National Science Education standards for grades 5-8. Visit online.

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program website features a downloadable journal, an interactive feature on projected sea level rise in Rhode Island, links to publications, and more. The Program is one of one of the 28 National Estuary Programs  created under the Clean Water Act in 1987. Visit online.

OceanGLOBE is a beach research and outdoor environmental education program for upper elementary, middle, and high school students created by the UCLA Marine Science Center.  OceanGLOBE provides a mechanism for students to conduct marine science over an extended period of time, giving them experiences that anchor the national and state science standards learned in the classroom.
The website includes slide shows, photos, and classroom activities and field research guides.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Teacher at Sea Program NOAA's Teacher at Sea program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college-level teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. The deadline for application is December 31, 2008. Details online.

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, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides K-12 teachers an opportunity to actively participate in ocean, polar, and environmental science research and peer mentoring. Selected Master Teachers (with five or more years teaching experience) are paired with leading scientists and participate in shipboard, field, or laboratory research. Application deadline is February 9, 2009. 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)

Teacher/Naturalist, Massachusetts Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod has an opening for a full-time teacher/naturalist at their 1100-acre coastal sanctuary, working within an existing education department focusing on children and family programs. Responsibilities include developing, coordinating, and teaching environmental education programs for middle and high school students. Programs include in-class lessons, research-based field programs, field walks, wildlife cruises, summer camp and field program, and summer volunteer programs. Start date in late February/early March 2009. For more information contact Amy Ferreira.

Science Cuuriculum Writer, Massachusetts The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) is seeking a writer for the quarterly publication Science Is Elementary. MITS is a not-for profit corporation whose mission is to promote the teaching of participatory, inquiry-based science, mathematics and technology/engineering education at the K-8 levels in partnership with museums and other non-profit organizations.  Each issue of Science is Elementary includes at least 10 inquiry-based, hands-on, minds-on activities for grades K-6 as well as content area articles, a resource section and links to national standards. MITS is located in Quincy, MA. More information online.

Educator/Deckhand, New Jersey Present on-board programs in environmental topics including marine ecology, plus occasional shore-based programs. Programs include half- and full-day education sails, public sails, charters, and five-day maritime camps. Participate in sailing and maintaining the 115-foot oyster schooner A. J. MEERWALD, New Jersey's official Tall Ship and live aboard the ship. Visit Bayshore Discovery Project.

Marine Educators, Oregon Hatfield Marine Science Center seeks qualified, energetic individuals to join their education team. Educators provide field trips, classes and summer camps to K-12 school groups and other youth. Must have degree in science or education and experience teaching in a formal or informal setting. More details online.

Program Management Specialist, South Carolina NOAA'S Coastal Services Center is seeking an individual to lead and supervise its Coastal Learning Services (CLS) Program.   The individual will be responsible for managing the CLS staff and program and will oversee design and implementation of community-based learning, meeting planning and fellowship activities for priority needs of the coastal management community. For more information and to apply online visit the USA Jobs website  and enter the Job Announcement Number NOS-CSC-2009-0003 in the search box. The closing date for the announcement is December 9, 2008.

Program Assistants, Washington DC The Consortium for Ocean Leadership seeks a Program Assistant to provide support for the Census of Marine Life (CoML) Program and a Program Associate to support the Science and Federal Coordination Programs with a focus on the activities of the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Observations (IWGOO) Program Office. More information available online.

Directed Research Leaders, California Aquatic Adventures seeks research leaders for the BAHIA program. BAHIA is an intensive, after-school and summer program that provides underserved high school students with classroom, lab and field-based marine science education and research experience. The program takes place at Hoover High School, the Aquatic Adventures lab, and various field sites in San Diego; and the Vermillion Sea Field Station in Bahía de los Angeles in Baja California, Mexico. While in Bahía de los Angeles, students work alongside Mexican and U.S. scientists to conduct scientific and conservation based research on the Sea of Cortez. Students gain scientific expertise, increasing both self-efficacy and skills toward a successful future.  For more information visit online.

Science Program Director, Florida Seacamp Association, Inc. is currently seeking applicants for the position of Science Program Director, responsible for hiring, training, and supervising Marine Science Instructors and Interns as they lead interpretive programs for campers and visiting schools and as they participate in support services required to run a residential facility. Seacamp is non-profit tropical marine science education facility located in the Florida Keys. All programs are conducted through hands-on labs and activities and in the field on boats utilizing SCUBA diving, snorkeling, wading and collecting. Programs include summer camp for 12-17 year olds and residential, environmental educational programs for visiting school groups. Contact Jennifer Jennings for more information. 
Student Opportunities

Wildlife Refuge Summer Internships, Massachusetts
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Cape Cod has openings for numerous sumer internship positions. A stipend and housing are incled. For more information contact Michael Brady.

The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve scuba diving. More information online.

Undergraduate and Graduate Internships, Washington DC The Consortium for Ocean Leadership offers Washington, DC-based internships for students, faculty and staff of the Ocean Leadership member institutions. Ocean Leadership internships are designed to further professional development and provide assistance to the Ocean Leadership full-time staff. Internships are available year-round and provide a base stipend of $1500 per month. For more information contact Kevin Wheeler or visit online.

Summer Field Courses and Internships, Maine Shoals Marine Laboratory, Appledore Island, maine offers courses open to undergrads, grads, pre-freshman and high school students. Courses range from introductory to advanced; paid internship opportunities include sustainable engineering, seabird ecology and marine ecology. Combine coursework and a working internship to round out your learning experience. Visit Shoals online.
Intern Educator/Deckhands, New Jersey Interns on the Bayshore Discovery Project work alongside regular educator/deckhands presenting on-board programs in environmental topics including marine ecology and occasional shore-based programs. Programs include half and full-day education sails, public sails, charters, and five-day maritime camps. Participate in sailing and maintaining the 115-foot 1928 Delaware Bay oyster schooner A. J. MEERWALD, New Jersey's official Tall Ship. Live aboard the ship. Internships normally run 2 to 3 months; spring, summer, and fall available. Deadlines are in February, May, and August. Visit Bayshore Discovery Project or contact Captain Jesse Briggs.

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.

Summer Internships, Alaska The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is hiring naturalist interns for the summer. Positions are based at the semi-remote Peterson Bay Coastal Science Field Station and Kasitsna Bay Marine Laboratory across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, and at the 140-acre Carl Wynn Nature Center on the bluff above Homer. Round-trip airfare to Alaska will be paid for the summer internship at Peterson Bay Field Station through the Alaska Conservation Foundation Intern program. Information on the organization and its programs and facilities can be found at 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!

Book Signing at Cape Cod Community College Author Gil Newton will be signing copies of his new field guide Seaweeds of Cape Cod Shores Thursday December 11 3PM in the Lorusso Apolied Technology Building. Contact Stephanie Brady for more information.

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. For more information contact Tracy Hajduk. Northeastern Marine Science Center

Climate Change Symposium On February 5, 2009, the New England Aquarium in coordination with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will hold a free climate change symposium to bring business leaders, policy makers, and non-governmental organizations together to examine the impacts of climate change and acidification on the marine environment. The symposium is by invitation only. Contact Vickie Cataldo if you or your organization is interested in attending.

NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent December 19, 2008. Please send announcements and news to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

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This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0215456. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Voices of the Fisheries

NOAA's Voices From the Fisheries Database
is a central repository for consolidating, archiving, and disseminating oral history interviews related to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing in the Unites States and its territories.

Visit Voices From the Fisheries

Video and Images from NSF
Interested in the latest videos and still images posted to the National Science Foundation website?

Visit the NSF Multimedia Gallery

Podcasts from NOAA
NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) Communications and Education Division has launched a weekly podcast, Making Waves. 
The podcasts highlights current activities, recent discoveries, and other happenings around NOS and will be launched each Friday. The website also offers links from each episode, along with downloadable transcripts of the podcasts.
Listen to Making Waves.

Gulf of Maine Times
The Fall/Winter 2008 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times is available online.

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