COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

March 12, 2009

vol 6, no 5

In This Issue
NEOSEC Member News
Reports, Publications, Announcements
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

Boat Camp offers onboard and waterfront classes based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, including professional development workshops for K-12 and informal educators this spring and summer.  For more information about these courses and Floating Lab programs, visit online.
Reports, Publications

Environmental Research and Education Needs The National Council for Science and the Environment has released a new report, Environmental Research and Education Needs: An Agenda for a New Administration. It identifies research needed to improve scientific knowledge, and education needed to improve public understanding, professional capacity, and a strong workforce. The report organizes the recommendations relating to environmental and sustainability research and education policy from eight National Conferences on Science, Policy and the Environment. Read the report.

Gulf of Maine Ecosystem Restoration Editorial A recent editorial in The Portland Daily Sun calls for a watershed restoration strategy for the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Read the editorial.
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Understanding Science The mission of the website Understanding Science is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. This project has at its heart a re-engagement with science that begins with teacher preparation and ends with broader public understanding. The Understanding Science site was produced by the Museum of Paleontology of the University of California at Berkeley, in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and teachers, and was funded by the National Science Foundation. Visit Understanding Science.

NOAA Jeopardy is a quiz game just like JEOPARDY! on TV. Based on categories, the player is presented with an answer and must respond with the correct question. NOAA Jeopardy focuses on the agency's themes of navigation, climate, ecosystems, and weather and water issues.Recently NOAA Jeopardy has been expanded to include more categories, answers, and questions. Additional categories may be found on the website.

Ocean Motion is a NASA website aimed at students in grades 9-12. The website contains an overview of the surface circulation of Earth's ocean and classroom investigations appropriate for various disciplines. The site features satellite and model data, quick evaluation quizzes, classroom investigations, and more. Explore Ocean Motion.

Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Down Under, Out Yonder Those interested in learning more about coral reef biology, ecology and conservation should consider applying for participation in the annual Down Under, Out Yonder educator workshop and SCUBA field experience at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Download the application online. The application deadline has been extended until April 1.

Ocean and Human Health Online Seminar This two-week seminar is being offered from April 6-17 by the College of Exploration and Ocean Technology Foundation. It is designed to be a general overview of some of the ways in which our ocean provides benefits and risks to human health. The effects of climate change and Harmful Algal Blooms on ocean and human health, marine animals as biomedical models, and the discovery of new medicines from marine life will be some of the topics presented. For more information and to register visit online.

Professional Development During Spring Break The New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center presents April Vacation Week Workshop: Ocean Science and Conservation
April 21-22, a two-day, standards-aligned workshop on ocean science and conservation, focusing on activities teachers can take back to the classroom to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship among their students. Appropriate for grades 5-8. Advance registration and advance payment are required. Contact the Teacher Resource Center.

Earth Science Webcast Series NASA Langley Research Center, in co-operation with NOAA and the Virginia Department of Education Region 2 Math/Science Coalition, will offer a series of professional development programs for teachers of grades 3-8. Upcoming webcasts include Tides; The Story of Ocean Heat Storage; and Global Warming, Causes and Consequences. Preview the webcasts.

Natural History Field Seminar at Eagle Hill on the Maine coast, June 21-27. The Humboldt 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.).  Prior discussions of personal study objectives are welcome. For general information visit online. Information on lodging options, meals, and costs may be found here. Students may apply online.

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, 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)

Teacher/Naturalist, Cape Cod The NEED (National Environmental Education Development) Collaborative is a small residential environmental education school, located in a retired Coast Guard Station in Truro, Massachusetts. Teacher/Naturalists are needed for the 2009-2010 school year. Lessons taught include: Beach and Dune Ecology, Saltmarsh Ecology, Pond & Forest Studies, Freshwater Swamp Succession, Nightwalk, Group Dynamics, Pizza Making, and Shipwreck & U.S. Lifesaving Service history. This is a full-time position and includes private room and board. Contact Eleanor Moody for details.

Coastal Processes Specialist, Cape Cod  Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program, seeks a Coastal Processes Specialist. The Coastal Processes Specialist will plan and implement an educational outreach program which will include teaching, applied research and providing technical assistance to a variety of public and private agencies and groups. This is full time position with a salary of  $27.10/ hour and includes Barnstable County benefits. For a complete job description, visit online.

Seasonal Naturalist, Cape Cod Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is seeking a Teacher/Naturalist to teach hands-on environmental education during the Marine Life Cruises educational program. For details, contact Ian Ives, Sanctuary Director.

Outreach/Retail, Massachusetts The National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay has several part-time, seasonal openings for outreach and retail positions. These positions involve working in the Center gift shop and Discovery Center. Contact Joanne Nicholson for details.

Seasonal Environmental Educator, Massachusetts The Marion Natural History Museum is seeking an environmental educator who is familiar with both coastal and freshwater ecosystems to lead a summer Coastal Explorations program, for 3rd and 4th graders, featuring explorations of rocky intertidal shoreline, salt marshes, estuaries as well as freshwater riverbanks, bogs, swamps and ponds. This is a seasonal, part-time position. For details contact Elizabeth Leidhold.


Summer Internships, Maine The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine has an opening for an environmental education camp assistant. This position is responsible for assisting with the facilitation of a series of half-day environmental education programs for children ages 6-9. A 170-hour commitment is required from June 26-August 21. For details contact Suzanne Eder.

Education Internships, Massachusetts The National Marine Life Center (NMLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of stranded sea turtles, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and small whales, and to advance scientific knowledge and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.  Education interns will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, fairs, and festivals. For details contact Joanne Nicholson.

Marine Ecology Internships, Alabama The Marine Ecology Lab at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has internship opportunities available to undergraduates looking for experience in marine ecology. Details online
Student Opportunities

Marine Technology Society Scholarships The Marine Technology Society offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students, and students attending two-year institutions who are studying a marine science/engineering/technology field. Details online.

Marine Science and Nautical Training Academy (MANTA) Scientists and instructors in MANTA teach high school students marine science aboard a sailboat. The program is offered from July 18-August 1 in the British Virgin Islands and includes lectures and labs on marine science, active participation in publishable marine research, PADI scuba certification, and instruction on sailing and seamanship. More information online.

Summer Programs on Catalina Island The Wrigley Center for Marine Studies and USC Sea Grant are offering three marine science programs on Catalina Island for middle school and high schools students. Programs include a camp for high school girls, camp for middle school girls, and camp for middle school boys. Details online.

Art Contest Mass Marine Educators (MME) is sponsoring a marine art contest for students in grades K-12.  The theme is Amazine Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Gulf of Maine. More information online.

Sea Education Association(SEA) educates students about the world's oceans through a fully accredited study abroad program. Intense preparation on shore is followed by the immediate application of newfound knowledge at sea. SEA offers High School Summer Seminars and summer and semester-long SEA Semesters for undergraduates. The SEA campus is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Visit online or email for more information.

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 2009. 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.

MME at WHOI The annual Massachusetts Marine Educators meeting at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will take place on Saturday May 2. The theme is Working Towards Ocean Literacy. More information online.

e-Biosphere '09 Conference Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is teaming up with several research organizations and museums to co-host an international conference on biodiversity informatics in London this June. Read the e-Biosphere 09 announcement. Even if you can't attend the conference, you can join the free Online Conference Community where you can share ideas, moderate forums, or suggest topics for discussion groups online and during the meeting. There are 16 discussion groups under way, including those on climate change; fisheries; and uses of biodiversity information with the public, K-12, and higher education.

NMEA 2009
The National Marine Educat
ors 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. Early-bird registration ends March 15.

Environmental Sensing Networks The University of Massachusetts Boston Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN) announces the second conference on Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN '09), July 23-24. This two-day conference will be comprised of three panel sessions held in conjunction with Coastal Zone '09 (CZ '09). Contact Kristin Uiterwyk for more information.


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!

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 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 or contact Tracy Hajduk.

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 26, 2009. 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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Celebes Sea Research Video Broadcast
The National Geographic
cable channel will broadcast Into the Abyss on Saturday, March 14, at 8:00 PM. The video documents a research cruise in the Celebes Sea, in an area of the ocean cradled by the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. A team of scientists - including Larry Madin from WHOI, Greg Stone from New England Aquarium, and Peggy Hamner, Bill Hamner and Gwen Noda from COSEE-West - attempt the first-ever descent into this mysterious basin.

Find out more about the cruise on the NOAA Ocean  Explorer website

Your Help Needed on Ocean Web Page Development
The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) is developing web pages for each month in 2009 as part of the Year of Science project. (March celebrates Physics and Technology.) June 2009 is Ocean and Water month, and your help is needed! Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. Your answers will help make the Ocean and Water web page a useful resource.

State of the Oceans on PBS

The State of the
Planet's Oceans
is the next episode in the award-winning environmental series,
Journey to Planet Earth, will be broadcast on PBS on March 18 at 8:00 PM. The State of the Planet's Oceans investigates the health and sustainability of the world's
oceans, with a special emphasis on issues affecting marine preserves, fisheries, and
coastal ecosystems in the United States and worldwide. An edited 25-minute version is available to environmental organizations, schools, and colleges throughout
North America.

Find out more online

Seals on Facebook
National Public Radio online recently posted a story about how seal researchers are using Facebook to heighten awareness of marine mammals.

For Seals On Facebook, It's Complicated


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