COSEE-New England

The Newsletter of COSEE-NE

March 26, 2009

vol 6, no 6

In This Issue
NEOSEC Member News
Online Ocean Science Education Resources
Jobs in New England
Student Opportunities
NEwswave Schedule
New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) News

Ocean Literacy Summit Proceedings Online The 2008 NEOSEC Ocean Literacy Summit was held Friday, November 7 at the Boston University School of Management. The day included a keynote presentation, concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, a panel discussion and time to visit with exhibitors. The Summit proceedings are now available online.
NEOSEC Member News

Ocean Acidification Distance Education The Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire is now offering a distance education program on ocean acidification, giving students the ability to learn about this topic through cutting-edge science with real scientists. Students are introduced to ocean acidification, learning what it is, what is causing it, and what its effects could be on the ocean. These concepts are reinforced with participation in lab experiments featuring acids and bases, pH, calcification, and the carbon cycle. Video footage of ocean scientists collecting data for research, as well as an interview with University of New Hampshire scientist Joe Salisbury, supplements the program. If you are interested in learning more about how this program can be delivered to your students through video conferencing/distance education, contact Perrin Chick.

New England Aquarium Gets Down:2:Earth Find out how to incorporate Earth-friendly products and actions into your life at Down:2:Earth, a marketplace for eco-friendly products, a public stage for community initiatives, and a sustainability education forum, being held April 3 - 5 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Visit the Aquarium's booth for blue lifestyle tips, including how to make ocean-friendly seafood choices. Try out some food samples from local restaurants, including the Aquarium, at the Local Bites Preview Party on Friday night. Proceeds support the Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Program.

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) in the Classroom  Whether you're getting third graders excited about a tidal-pool mural, tracking a right whale's journey along the East Coast with seventh graders, or enlisting marine biology undergraduates in drafting species pages, the EOL offers not just a reference, but a chance for students of all ages, in all learning settings, to contribute to the enterprise as citizen scientists. EOL, the global initiative to put every one of Earth's 1.8 million living known species online in approximately 10 years, is enlisting the help of NEwswave subscribers as it launches its K-16 education outreach with a year-long campaign focusing on marine biodiversity and conservation. EOL would like to hear from educators. To get started, visit EOL or email Education and Outreach director Marie Studer would like to work with you to bring EOL into your education setting!
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Environmental Visualization Resources The NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab has launched a new website.  On this site you'll find streaming and downloadable video files, high resolution satellite images, and various educational resources. Imagery and animations will continue to be updated on a daily basis. The site developers appreciate any feedback; send comments to Dan Pisut.

IPY Polar Oceans The International Polar Year is a large scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic and running from March 2007 to March 2009. Details on IPY projects focusing on the polar oceans can be accessed here.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Ocean and Human Health Online Seminar The College of Exploration and Ocean Technology Foundation present this two-week online seminar April 6-17. A general introductory exploration of the relationship between ocean and human health (OHH), the seminar is geared toward educators, health and environmental professionals, but is also appropriate for interested members of the general public. Details online. Application deadline is April 1.

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.

Ambassador of the Environment Teacher Workshop Join Dr. Richard Murphy, head marine biologist with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures, and become an Ambassador of the Environment, June 22-26 in El Capitan, California. The course offers a comprehensive and cross-curricular training for teachers  to investigate marine, terrestrial, creek, and watershed ecosystems while learning how to connect our human communities and classrooms to the sustainability of our environment and future. Activities include snorkeling, sea kayaking, high ropes course and marine and biology explorations. Details online.

Join a Bering Sea Expedition Deep Earth Academy invites educators (middle school through college level) to apply to sail on an upcoming Bering Sea expedition of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), July 5-September 4. IODP is an international marine research program that explores Earth's history and structure by drilling and recovering cores from the ocean floor and monitoring sub-seafloor environments. The IODP Teacher at Sea program provides a unique opportunity for educators to participate in seagoing research experiences and work side-by-side with scientists using state-of-the-art facilities and approaches to solve scientific problems of global interest. The teachers then translate scientific results into useful classroom resources and work with Deep Earth Academy to disseminate these resources to schools across the country. Details and an application for the Teacher at Sea programcan be found online. The application deadline is April 17. Interested applicants should contact Sharon Cooper.

Teachers on the Estuary Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth, MA offers Teachers on the Estuary, a field and research-based professional development workshop integrating content, methods, and activities, July 8-10 plus half day November 21. The course is designed for teachers of grades 9-12, others welcome to apply. More information online. Teachers on the Estuary will also be offered at Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI, July 27- 30, plus half day October 24. Check for details online.

Coral Reef Ecology Field Course The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) offers a Coral Reef Ecology field course July 12-August 1. The deadline for application has been extended until March 31. Open to undergraduates and graduate students with strong academic credentials, and to teachers and professionals. The course is open only to SCUBA divers. More information online.

Coastal Marine Ecology MarineLab is hosting its Introduction to Coastal Marine Ecology workshop in Key Largo, Florida July 26-31. Teachers learn about the seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef ecosystems and then snorkel or SCUBA dive (optional) each habitat. Graduate biology credit is available through Barry University. For more details, visit the MarineLab website.

Explore the Pacific Garbage Patch Work alongside a research team of doctoral students and assistants from Scripps Institution of Oceanography when they embark on an expedition to explore Plastics in the North Pacific Gyre, August 9-21. Recently referenced as the "Great Pacific Trash Heap" the debris caught in the center of the North Pacific has the potential to damage marine life and alter the biological environment. Investigations aboard the R/V New Horizon will focus on plastics as transport mechanisms for invasive species, the impacts of plastics on mesopelagic fishes and zooplankton, analysis of bacterial community structure on pelagic plastics and documentation of the vertical distribution of debris in the water column. Those interested in being considered should fill out the application online. Email applications and letters of interest to Alison Cawood. The cruise begins in San Diego, California with a final destination in Newport, Oregon. Application deadline April 30.

Live From the Field Earthwatch is now accepting applications for Live From the Field fellowships during the 2009-10 school year. Live From the Field fellows join Earthwatch research teams during a small portion (7 to 10 days) of the school year and share their experiences with classrooms at home using blogs containing, photos, videos, lessons, and activities. Live From the Field fellows also connect with students through live video or phone conferencing at scheduled times during their expedition. Read about ocean expeditions here. More information, deadlines, and applications can be found online.

Jobs in New England (and beyond)

Seasonal Education Assistant, Seasonal Naturalist, Rhode Island The Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, based on Prudence Island in Rhode Island, is currently advertising two seasonal summer positions in marine science education, Seasonal Education Assistant and Seasonal Naturalist. Full job descriptions are available online.  

Island Managers, Seasonal Interpreter, Cape Cod Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has openings for seasonal island managers. Call 508-457-0495 ex. 108 for details.

Seasonal Science Teachers, Cape Cod The Children's School of Science in Woods Hole is seeking teachers for its summer 2009 session in Ornithology, Robotics & ROVs, and Meteorology & Climatology. Information on the school and its programs can be found online. Contact Karen Schwalbe for more information.

Publicity Coordinator, Rhode Island  Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting seeks a part-time publicity coordinator to manage communications and strategic outreach efforts for Metcalf Institute.  For a full description for this position and instructions on how to apply, visit the University of Rhode Island website.

Marine Program Specialist, Cape Cod  Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program, seeks a part-time Marine Program Specialist. For a complete job description, visit the Barnstable County website.

Summer Programs Education Specialist, Virginia The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia is seeking a Summer Program Educator. For details contact Sarah McGuire.

Assistant Director, Georgia Driftwood Education Center, a residential science and environmental education center located on St. Simons Island, Georgia, has an opening for Assistant Director. Details online.

Science Educator, Georgia Driftwood Education Center also has seasonal openings for Science Educators. Details online.

Training Specialist, South Carolina NOAA/NOS/Marine Biotoxins Program in Charleston, South Carolina is seeking a full-time Training Specialist for the NOAA Volunteer Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN). The PMN educates a national volunteer network of schools, universities, community groups, aquariums, and parks/recreational facilities on harmful algal blooms (HAB) while expanding the knowledge of phytoplankton that exists in coastal waters. Additional information about the network can be found online. Contact Steve Morton for more information. 

Seasonal Marine Science Instructor, California Farallones National Marine Sanctuary has an opening for a Marine Science Instructor in the Sanctuary Explorers Camp, an educational marine science day camp for youth ages 8-13. Activities are held in and around the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center at Crissy Field in San Francisco and at field destinations in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin counties. Visit online or contact Sara Heintzelman.

YWCA Camp Intern, Vermont YWCA Camp Hochelaga in South Hero, Vermont is seeking an intern to manage the development and implementation of the new Girls' Environmental Leadership program at YWCA Camp Hochelaga during the spring and summer of 2009. Contact Rebecca Gurney.

Summer Program Marine Science Education Intern, Florida
Join Mote Marine Laboratory's summer camp programs staff in an internship in marine science education, developing marine science activities for kids ages 2-18. Details online.

Summer Internships, Alaska
The Prince William Sound Science Center offers summer environmental education internships. The Center provides a variety of education programs to audiences of all ages, including a science camp called From the Forest to the Sea that is run in partnership with the US Forest Service/Cordova Ranger District. Full description online.
Student Opportunities

NOAA Offers Students Summer Jobs in New England and Mid-Atlantic
NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center has announced its 2009 Summer Employment Opportunities, as part of the Bradford E. Brown Student Internship Program. Student jobs related to fisheries science and coastal ecology are available in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Washington, DC. More information is available online.

Biotechnology Summer Program
The CityLab Program at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts is again offering its biotechnology summer program Whale of a Mystery, open to students entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2009. Students in the program will conduct scientific research to solve a forensic mystery based on current scientific and legal proceedings regarding endangered whale and dolphin species. For details visit online.

Oceanography Explorers Day Camp
Students entering grades 6-8 this fall can participate in a unique opportunity to learn oceanography this summer at the University of Rhode Island. Each day includes a field trip to a coastal area to learn the basics of oceanography. More information can be found at online.

Sea Education Association Based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, SEA educates students about the world's oceans through a fully accredited study abroad program combining the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and public policy. Intense coursework and preparation during a shore component is followed by the immediate application of students' newfound knowledge during a sea component. SEA offers High School Summer Seminars as well as undergraduate SEA Semesters during the academic year. 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 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.

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.

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.

NMEA at NSTA 2010 NMEA will again be organizing a strand of marine science sessions for NSTA 2010, being held March 18-21 in Philadelphia.  If you submit a proposal, please let Beth Jewell know. She needs to know the proposal number, your name, proposal title and abstract. The NSTA liaison committee will review those submitted for diversity, interest, engaging activities, and connections to the Ocean Literacy Essentials Principles and Fundamental Concepts.  More information and session proposal forms can be found 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!

Lecture, Harvard Museum of Natural History Russell Mittermeier, renowned wildlife biologist and president of Conservation International, has been selected to receive the 12th annual Roger Tory Peterson Medal presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Dr. Mittermeier will deliver the Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture on Sunday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Harvard University Science Center, One Oxford Street, Cambridge. 

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.
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.
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.

Science Saturday at Whaling Museum The next Science Saturday at the New Bedford Whaling Museum is April 11. The program topic is on fish species and their role in the environment. The program runs fromfrom 10:30 AM-12:00. The complete schedule of Science Saturdays is available here.

Family Science Camp, Seacoast Science Center, Rye, New Hampshire, April 11 10 am-2 pm.
Explore the data collected by scientists around the world that helps us to better understand the impact  oceans have on our life on land. Ocean circulation patterns, water sampling and measuring wave height, wind speed and water temperature are just a few of the things that are observed. Details online.

Northeastern University Marine Science Center Evening Lecture Series
April 14 Creatures of the Deep Blue, with Jonathan Bird, Underwater Cinematographer
All lectures begin at 7:00 PM. The Center is at 430 Nahant Road, Nahant MA. Contact Tracy Hajduk for more information.

Meet the Oceanographers Clean Air-Cool Planet presents Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Ocean Acidification, hosted by the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, April 22, 6:00 pm.  Register online.

ROV Competition The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center ROV Northeast regional competition is being held this year at Mass Maritime Academy on April 25. Information on the competition can be found on the MATE website.

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 April 9, 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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Send a Letter Across the Atlantic
This month, Rutgers University scientists and students will send an underwater robotic glider on a mission to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and classrooms are invited to participate.

The 3,300 mile voyage will take at least six months for the slow-moving low-energy glider to cross the Atlantic. Classrooms are encouraged to send a message Europe in the glider. Submitted classroom letters will be posted on the mission website.

To submit your letter visit here.

To follow the glider on its journey, check out the Atlantic Crossing mission site.

Interactive Estuary Field Trip
Join an interactive field trip that brings estuaries from around the country to the classroom.

can submit questions directly to field trip leaders during the broadcast. For more information and other educational materials visit here.

Field trip overviews, schedules and registration for the broadcast available here.

Deep Sea Corals
Winter 2009 Issue of Coastal Heritage
Cold-Water Corals: Ancient life in the deep, dark sea

now available online

Learn about deep sea corals that inhabit our coastal waters by accessing the latest issue of South Carolina Sea Grant's  Coastal Heritage magazine on the COSEE-SouthEast website.  Learn about unique biological features, current research and threats to survival. Find out how this information can be used in your classroom to address educational standards by visiting Curriculum Connection.

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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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