COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

February 26, 2009

vol 6, no 4

In This Issue
NEOSEC Member News
Online Ocean Science Education Resources
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Jobs in New England
Student Opportunities
NEwswave Schedule
New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) Member News
SSC volunteer training

Seacoast Science Center Training for Volunteers

Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire offers training opportunities for volunteers to assist in delivering marine and coastal science education programs year-round. Conducted over six Wednesday mornings, March 18-April 22, 9-11:30 AM, Rocky Shore Exploration training covers information on the plants and animals that inhabit the rocky shore as well as techniques of designing and delivering age-appropriate, content-based lessons. Each session includes classroom lessons, hands-on activities and outdoor exploration. Registration is required. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Michele Wensman at for more information on becoming a Volunteer Naturalist.
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

EARTH Website EARTH (Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses) uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. EARTH is a project of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Click here for more information on the EARTH program.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Salt Water Studies at Whaling Museum A course for teachers in grades 6-9, Salt Water Studies, will be offered February 28  8:30-4:30 and March 1  noon-4:00 pm at the
ECHO Resource Center at New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Co-presented by New Bedford ECHO Project and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve WBNERR). To register or for more information contact Bob Rocha or Pat Harcourt, or visit the WBNERR website.

CoastLines, a three-year project for students and teachers funded by the National Science Foundation, will introduce fundamental concepts about information technologies (IT) to grade 7-12 schools through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS) technology. Applications for the 2009 project must be submitted no later than March 15. For more information about joining the project visit the CoastLines website.

NOAA Ocean Exploration at NEAq National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presents their Ocean Exploration Program May 16 at New England Aquarium. This one-day professional development workshop teaches inquiry- and standards-based activities that introduce students to NOAA expeditions. Appropriate for grades 6-12.

Summer Workshop for Faculty in Intermediate ROV Building for Classroom Projects The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is offering its annual Intermediate Level Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Building workshop July 20-26 in Monterey, California on the campus of Monterey Penisula College. Along with learning ROV building skills, educators will learn how to build, use and incorporate sensors into ROVs. Knowledge provided in this workshop will also prepare educators to support a team in MATE's ROV Regional and International  competitions. For more information and an application visit online or contact Erica Moulton.

MARE Summer Institute 2009 The Marine Activities Resources and Education (MARE) program at the Lawrence Hall of Science presents Integrating Marine Science & Literacy: An Inquiry-based Institute for K-8 and Informal Educators will be held at the University of California at Santa Cruz from July 5-9. The Institute is intended for classroom teachers, science resource teachers, literacy specialists, bilingual teachers, curriculum leaders, professional developers, school administrators, and non-classroom educators. Find out more about the workshop online or contact Sarah Pedemonte.

Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Seaside Center Summer Naturalists, Connecticut
The Seaside Center of the Bruce Museum is located on Greenwich Point in Old Greenwich, CT and provides exhibits on marine and shoreline natural history for visitors. Scheduled programs such as nature walks, seining activities and child or family programs are also offered. Openings are available for Summer Naturalists. Responsibilities include greeting and monitoring visitors, maintaining the marine touch tanks, scheduling visits by day camps, developing and conducting educational programs, and supervising and coordinating the activities of the volunteers who are primarily teenagers. For more information email .

Associate Museum Curator, North Carolina The North Carolina Maritime Museum is hiring an Associate Museum Curator to lead public programs in marine science and maritime history. The job opening is through the State of North Carolina and is posted online. For more information contact Allison Besch or JoAnne Powell.

Virginia Sea Grant Communicator Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) is seeking a communications professional to help provide expert science-based information about coastal and marine issues and promote the sustainable management of marine resources. VASG is located at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Read the job description online.

Executive Director, Alaska The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, based in Homer, Alaska, is seeking a new Executive Director. The Center provides environmental education and eco-tour programs in a diversity of habitats, based in a semi-remote coastal field station, accessible only by boat, and at the 140-acre upland Carl E. Wynn Nature Center. The full job description is available online.
Student Opportunities

The World of Water Explorers program at New England Aquarium is a volunteer training course for teens. WOW Explorers is looking for youth ages 13-15 who might be interested in participating the spring 2009 session, which will focus on using scientific inquiry to study marine life in Boston Harbor. Qualified participants may then be invited to volunteer for the Aquarium, either during school breaks, Monday school holidays or as Counselor in Training for the Aquarium's Harbor Discoveries Camp. Details online or send an email to

MATE Internships The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center at Monterey Peninsula College has openings in several internship programs. For more information visit online.

Student On-Board Summer School This summer, St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island will be offering several opportunities for students to learn on board their sailing school vessel Geronimo. Voyage #2, Portland, Maine to Newport, Rhode Island July 20-31 is open to enrollment for high school students ages 14-17. While sailing as part of the crew, the students will learn about the marine environment between the Gulf of Maine and Rhode Island Sound. Subject matter taught to students will include Ocean Currents, Tides, Marine Meteorology and Marine Biology. More information online or contact Deborah Hayes

High School Marine Science Symposium
The Annual High School Marine Science Symposium, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, New Bedford ECHO Project, and Massachusetts Marine Educators, will take place March 18 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Visit online for details.

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 and has several summer course offerings. SML offers college credit courses for undergraduates and teachers;college credit courses for high school students; and internships for undergraduates and teachers.

Northeastern University Marine Science Center Coastal Ocean Science Academy  Northeastern University's Marine Science Center is hosting a Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA) for students entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall of '09. During this two-week academy, students will spend time doing field work in local marine habitats (rocky beach, sandy beach, and salt marsh) on the North Shore, learning about New England coastal marine habitats, as well as partake in ongoing Marine Science Center research. Participants will be introduced to field sampling techniques, invasive species monitoring, beach clean-up, benthic organism surveys and more. August 10-22,8 AM-3 PM. For more information contact Tracy Hajduk.

Cape Cod Natural History Conference The fourteenth Cape Cod Natural History Conference will be held March 14 at Cape Cod Community College. To learn more about the conference or to receive a brochure and registration form, visit the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary website.

The Northeast Region Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Network Conference (NERS 2009) will be held March 27-29 at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites in Salem, MA. This year's conference is co-hosted by the New England Aquarium, the Whale Center of New England, and the National Marine Life Center. To register, visit online.

NMEA 2009
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) invites you to its annual conference. The theme for NMEA 2009 is One World Conserving One Ocean. The conference will be held in Pacific Grove, California, at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, June 29-July 3. Visit online for more information. Registration is now open.

Coastal Zone '09 will be held July 19-23 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Terrace in Boston. The conference will explore the many facets of change and share tools and information to help in managing our changing coastal and ocean resources. More information on Coastal Zone '09.

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!

The Center for Women and Work at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is hosting a reception in honor of the new book release Working WISE: Intergenerational Voices Advancing Research and Policy for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics on Thursday, March 5, 4:30-6:00 PM in Trustee's Room, Cumnock Hall,
UMASS Lowell. For more information, contact Eika Hunt at or to rsvp contact

Public Lecture Series, Maine Join the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and the Census of Marine Life (CoML) for an ongoing public lecture series, Sea State 4.0.
March 12 The Secrets of Fishbones: Marine Archaeologists
Dig up the Past, Dr. Nathan Hamilton, University of Southern Maine
April 9 Whales in an Urban Ocean: Lessons on Coexistence,
Dr. Scott Kraus, New England Aquarium
May 14 Time-Lapse on Cashes Ledge: A Changing Community, Dr. Jon Witman, Brown University
June 11 Where Land Meets Sea: Diversity Along our Shores,
Dr. Tom Trott, Suffolk University
Science lectures: 2-3:00 pm, Public lectures: 7-8:00 pm.
Visit the GMRI Sea State 4.0 website.

Whaling History Lecture Series Man and Whales: Changing Views Through Time sponsored by Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations (ECHO), the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.
March 4 Whale-Hunter and Whale Songs with Stuart Frank,
Mary Malloy and Leila Hatch
March 18 Flensing/Rendering with Rob Ellis and Michael Moore
April 1 Right Whales with Mike Dyer and Scott Kraus
All lectures held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum Theater
beginning at 6:30 pm. Contact Sue Rocca for more information.

Northeastern University Marine Science Center Evening Lecture Series
March 24
Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Cold: Temperature and Life in the Ocean, with Dr. Luke Miller, Marine Science Center Researcher
April 14 Creatures of the Deep Blue, with Jonathan Bird, Underwater Cinematographer
All lectures begin at 7:00 PM. More information online.

Seabird and Whale Tale Excursion The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), with assistance from Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries and Bridgewater State College, is hosting the spring 2009 edition of Seabird & Whale Tales, June 14, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. To learn more about this trip or to download the registration form, visit online

NEwswave Schedule

The next issue of NEwswave will be sent March 12, 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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NOAA Podcasts
NOAA's National Ocean Service produces two pocasts

Making Waves
is a weekly audio podcast reporting on the latest National Ocean Service news and information.

Diving Deeper is a bi-weekly audio podcast featuring discussions with NOS scientists on a wide variety of ocean topics.

Access the podcasts

As the World Turns
Jack Whitehead, founder of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, talks about his 40 years of research. Read the interview.

Science Radio

Science at Work is a series of radio programs produced by NPR radio station WCAI, based in Woods Hole. The programs feature interviews with scientists working in the Woods Hole science community.

Listen to Science at Work.

Darwin on the Radio

On the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, WCAI presented this interview with David Mark Welch, MBL Evolutionary Biologist, and Catherine Norton, Director of the MBL WHOI Library, to discuss Darwin's work and current research.

Listen to the podcast.

Oceanographer on Prime Time
Oceanographer Robert Ballard recently appeared on the television show The Colbert Report. Dr. Ballard explains why ocean exploration is so critical, discusses some of the findings that he has had over the years, and
in the process refers to Ocean Literacy Principles 5, 6 and 7!

View the video

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Send your news and announcements of interest to the New England ocean science education community to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

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