COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

December 19, 2008

vol 5, no 23

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

Telling Your Story Workshop 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. A special "Train the Trainers" session will be held at the end of the workshop.
The workshop welcomes:
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.
(A special "Train the Trainers" session will be held.)

Registration now open. For more information contact Pam DiBona. The workshop is included in the COPUS Year of Science calendar.

COSEE-New England Works with Northeastern Marine Science Center Tracy Hajduk, Outreach Program Coordinator for the Northeastern University Marine Science Center (MSC), and Meredith Tibbo, Johnson School science teacher, packed their bags and headed to Savannah, Georgia for a week this past July. There they attended the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) conference to network, hear about current marine education programs, and be inspired.

Meredith Tibbo was given the opportunity to attend the conference through a grant from COSEE-New England. Meredith was first introduced to COSEE-New England when she and several other Johnson School teachers participated in a 5-day Ocean Science Education Institute (OSEI) at the MSC last summer. 

"During [the NMEA conference] I was given endless opportunities to interact and share ideas with not only other science educators from throughout the country, but with marine scientists from around the globe," said Meredith. "The variety of workshops and learning experiences were overwhelming in their scope and span and it was often a difficult task to decide which class to attend. The 'One World One Water' theme of this year's gathering carried well beyond the workshop classrooms. A spirit of camaraderie and purpose was pervasive from the conference's beginning to its end. I returned to Nahant invigorated, enthused and with a wealth of new knowledge and ideas on ocean literacy to share with my students and with my colleagues as well."

The MSC also held a half-day workshop with the Nahant School District in October. During this workshop teachers who had participated in OSEI shared lesson plans created during the institute with teachers who had not participated, and included information on how these lessons have become a permanent part of their curriculum. The plan is to spread the curriculum school-wide (grade K-6). This year the MSC will work with each classroom for a one-time visit to support the curriculum, and are planning on a multi-visit program for next year. It was a great day of dissemination and planning future support for this successful collaboration. 
News from NEOSEC Members

The Right Whale Team at New England Aquarium received a  write-up in E Magazine

Spring Vacation Eco-Travel Family Adventure with the Seacoast Science Center Join Seacoast Science Center staff in Sarasota, Florida, April 25-May 2, 2009 for an educational vacation planned for your entire family, including visits to Mote Marine Aquarium and outdoor activities. Contact Henry Burke for details.
Reports, Publications, Announcements

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is hosting a series of outreach workshops to provide information about submitting proposals to the program. The workshops will be held in January and February 2009 in three locations - Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; and Denver, Colorado. For information about these workshops, click here.
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Blogs from Antarctica Two young scientists, spending six months in Antarctica, want to share their experiences with students and teachers and have set up blogs to connect with your classrooms. Antarctic Summer contains all the details on their mission and links to their two blogs.

WhaleNet's Interactive Educational Website focuses on whales and marine research by offering hands-on educational activities; real-time satellite data from whales, seals and dolphins; and years of right whale sighting data from both the feeding and calving areas. Visit WhaleNet.

Ocean Surface Topography Website from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announces new data from the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, as well as a sea level viewer, literature database, and information about the next generation sea surface height mission, Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT).
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Global Environmental Change Education Course offered by the University of Rhode Island Office of Marine Programs covers a comprehensive suite of topics related to Earth's changing environments, including changes to the ocean and atmosphere and related implications for human health, society, and governments. The course starts February 25 and will meet Wednesday evenings, 4-6:30 PM at URI's Narragansett Bay Campus. Registration must be made through the Narragansett Bay Classroom Registrar. See the OMP webiste

The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML), run jointly by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire, is located on Appledore Island, Maine (Isles of Shoals), off Portsmouth, New Hampshire. SML offers college credit courses for undergraduates and teachers;college credit courses for high school students; and internships for undergraduates and teachers.

Online Grad Course from AMNH Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History spring courses include The Ocean System and The Diversity of Fishes. Designed for K-12 educators, each six-week course is team-taught by an experienced classroom teacher and a research scientist.  For more information and to register, visit online.

Teacher Field Experience at Shedd Aquarium Shedd Aquarium announces its second annual Teacher Field Experience: Biology in the Bahamas program. Learn about marine science, including oceanography, coral reef ecosystems, and fish adaptations while conducting a research project in the Bahamas. For more information visit online.

Advanced Placement Environmental Science course developed by the University of California College Prep initiative is now available through the Encyclopedia of Earth. The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is a component of the Earth Portal, which also includes the Earth Forum, presenting blogs by scientists, and Earth News, featuring the latest environmental news from around the globe. For more information visit online.

Funding Opportunities

The NOAA Office of Education and Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program announce that the 2009 B-WET grant competitions in New England, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest are now open. NOAA B-WET provides grants in support of locally relevant experiential learning through meaningful watershed educational experiences in the K-12 environment. Applications are due January 26, 2009. For more information about this funding opportunity and resources for applicants visit online.

The Northeastern Girls Collaborative brings together organizations throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Northeastern Girls Collaborative, based on a model developed by the National Girls Collaborative Project, announces mini-grant awards that will be available to organizations in the northeast. The mini-grants will be awarded to girl-serving STEM-focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service and share promising practices. Mini-grant applications will be accepted until January 31, 2009 and will be awarded on March, 1, 2009. Send grant questions to If you have other questions regarding the Northeastern Girls Collaborative or would like to get involved, contact Kimberly Edgar.
Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Program Coordinator, New York The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center in Oyster Bay, New York Long Island) is looking to fill the Program Coordinator position.
Application materials must be received by January 12, 2009. Contact Chrissy Albanese, Education Director.

Estuary Educator, New York
The Hudson River Research Reserve has an opening for an educator to assist hands-on Hudson River Estuary education for schools and community groups; develop environmental education programs for youth and family groups; and participate in SCA Hudson Valley Corps-wide trainings and service projects. Contact Jean McAvoy

Environmental Educator, Alaska The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has four positions available at the semi-remote Peterson Bay Coastal Science Field Station and modern Kasitsna Bay Laboratory across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska. These openings are for residential instructor/group leaders for Alaska Coastal Ecology Program field trips and activities for school groups, grades 4-12. Contact

Pre-college Instructors, Virginia The Marine Science Consortium has openings for instructors to lead student groups through a coastal ecology program that spans the dynamic ecosystem of a barrier island, from ocean to bay. Other opportunities may include assisting in the leadership of Elderhostel programs, kayaking, birding, and college programs. Visit The Marine Science Consortium or contact
Lauren Hvorecny.

Education Specialist, California The University of California, Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Agrifood Systems (CASFS) is accepting applications for an Associate Specialist for Experiential and Lifelong Education. The Associate Specialist will assess the Center's education programs, expand educational collaborations, and develop proposals for programs that increase our reach and effectiveness, particularly for underserved people. For the complete job announcement, visit the UC Santa Cruz employment website and scroll down to Social Sciences Division.
Student Opportunities

The Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience (INSPIRE) is a multi-tiered NASA project for students and their parents or legal guardians. Applications from students in grades 9-12 are now being accepted for INSPIRE's online community through December 31, 2008. Activities include participation in video teleconferences with NASA scientists, design competitions and learning modules. INSPIRE provides grade-appropriate NASA-related resources and experiences to encourage and reinforce students' aspirations to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education and careers. The project also offers resources and information for parents to help them better champion their students' goals. For more information visit online.

Coastal Wetland Studies Award Applications are being accepted for the Garden Club of America's annual Award in Coastal Wetland Studies. The award is a one-year scholarship for graduate studies in coastal wetlands and carries a stipend of $5,000 to support field-based research. Find more specific details 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 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

Lecture Joanna Aizenberg, Sea Creatures in Glass and Glass in Sea Creatures, January 22, 2009, 6:00 PM, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall.

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 free and open to the public, but space is limited so invitations are required. Contact Vickie Cataldo if you or your organization is interested in attending.
NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent January 8, 2009. Please send announcements and news to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

Copyright COSEE-New England

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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Volunteer Educators Needed
Volunteer Educators Needed to help develop education resources on the Antarctic Summer website, developed by COSEE-Networked Ocean World (COSEE-NOW), which now includes an introductory presentation you can use in your classrooms and a real-time data activity. Join a special discussion forum sponsored by COSEE-NOW where teachers and scientists can connect to develop and share new classroom resources about Antarctica, climate and the ocean. Log on here.

New from Sea Grant
The listing of new Sea Grant documents received by the National Sea Grant Library during November 2008 is now available 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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