The newsletter of NEOSEC & COSEE-New England

April 30, 2009
Vol 6 No 8
NEwswave is now the newsletter of NEOSEC and COSEE-New England!

You know NEOSEC (the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative) from the biannual Ocean Literacy Summit, but did you know that NEOSEC started as a project of COSEE-New England? In fact, a grant to COSEE-New England from the National Science Foundation funds this newsletter and joint projects undertaken by NEOSEC members. We are now renewing our focus on New England resources - some of the best in the ocean education world. We'd love to hear from you! Please send any comments or suggestions to the Editor, Catherine Cramer. Thanks!
In This Issue
NEOSEC Member News
Announcements, Publications
Online Ocean Science Education Resources
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Student Opportunities
NEwswave Schedule
NEOSEC Member News

Long Island Sound Resource Guide Connecticut Sea Grant announces the publication of the Long Island Sound Curricular Resource Guide.  Funded by the EPA-Long Island Sound Study and edited by Diana Payne, the 148-page guide is a resource for educators teaching about Long Island Sound.  The Guide is divided into five sections: 1) background information about Long Island Sound (LIS), 2) LIS activities, 3) LIS lesson plans, 4) science lessons at a LIS field site, and 5) resources.  The lesson plans and field site section were written by CT Sea Grant LIS Mentor Teachers - K-12 teachers who currently utilize LIS as a teaching tool in their curriculum.  All lessons are aligned to the CT Science Frameworks, the NY Science Standards, the National Science Education Standards, and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.  To obtain a print copy, email CT Sea Grant administrative assistant Karen Massaro. Copies of the Guide are free, but you will have to pay shipping unless you pick up the Guide at the CT Sea Grant office.  Electronic copies will be available by September 2009.

Gulf of Maine Symposium Call for Papers Join fellow researchers, managers, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the region to discuss current scientific advances and ecosystem approaches to management in the Gulf of Maine at the Gulf of Maine Symposium: Advancing Ecosystem Research for the Future of the Gulf.  The symposium will be held October 4-9 at the Fairmont Algonquin Hotel in St Andrews, New Brunswick.  To submit a paper or poster, the deadline is Friday May 15. The symposium is being sponsored by the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGoM), in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans-St. Andrews Biological Station, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and the Census of Marine Life Gulf of Maine Area program. For more information visit online. 

Northeastern Coastal Ecosystems for Science Teachers Northeastern University Marine Science Center (MSC) offers this course for science teachers of grades 6-12, July 13-17. Survey of New England Coastal Ecosystems is for  Massachusetts middle and high school teachers seeking to enhance their local ecology knowledge in order to share with their students. The course takes place at the MSC in Nahant, MA. For more information visit online.

Teacher Workshop at New England Aquarium On the Waterfront: Integrating Science Standards Through Classroom and Field Investigations is a 6-day intensive workshop in Boston, offering content background in ocean science and hands-on practice in inquiry-based activities adhering to state curriculum frameworks to take back to the classroom. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on linking science and literacy through inquiry and scientific investigations. July 27-August 1. Most appropriate for teachers of grades 3-8. For more information contact the Teacher Resource Center

Northeastern Ocean Science Academy for High Schoolers Northeastern University Marine Science Center (MSC) 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 Massachusetts' North Shore, learning about New England coastal marine habitats, as well as partake in ongoing MSC 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.

Sea Education Association (SEA) Based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, SEA has educated students about the world's oceans for almost 40 years 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 3-week High School Summer Seminars as well as semester long undergraduate SEA Semesters during the academic year. Visit online or contact for more information.
Announcements, Publications

Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) The Rhode Island Ocean SAMP will define use zones for Rhode Island's ocean waters through a research and planning process that integrates the best available science with open public input and involvement. Now through 2010, SAMP is conducting a public policy process that includes scientific research and stakeholder involvement. Leading this project is the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the state's coastal management agency. For more information visit online.

Mass Ocean Plan Workshops Two identical workshops will be held on the development of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. The dates and locations are: Saturday May 2 from 9:30 AM-1:00 PM at the Jonsson Center  in Woods Hole, and Wednesday May 6  from 9:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Hynes Convention Center  Boston.  You can register online for one or both meetings.  The purpose of the workshops is to present preliminary screening of ocean data based on goals and strategies, identify and discuss compatibilities  and incompatibilities, and discuss conceptual management measures.

Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Gulf of Maine Research in Podcast The most recent in the series of podcasts called Ocean Gazing focuses on the future of the Gulf of Maine. To access the podcast visit producer Ari Shapiro's website.

WhaleNet Interactive Education Resources WhaleNet disseminates free educational resources focusing on marine concepts for use with existing curriculum. Resources include: real-time and archived satellite tracking data of seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles; 11 years of North Atlantic Right Whale sighting data from the calving grounds in the Florida/Georgia areas to the feeding grounds off of New England and Canada for your educational use; instructions for building your own whale. WhaleNet was initiated in 1993 with funding from the National Science Foundation and is sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Follow an Ocean Drilling Ship The JOIDES Resolution scientific ocean drilling ship, run by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, is  currently  out at sea until May 5, collecting core samples from the ocean floor to study questions about earth's history, climate, and more.  You and your students can follow her adventure on the new JR website. Through the website you can interact with scientists, watch daily or weekly videos from on board, track her location, play games, and share in the scientific adventure through daily blogs, Facebook, Twitter, My Space and more.
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Free Webinar with Jean-Michel Cousteau Jean-Michel Cousteau is the guest on Diving into the Digital World of Marine Science, the next free webinar in the PBS Teachers LIVE! series. Monday May 4 at 8:00PM EDT. Details online.

Professional Development Workshop for Educators at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  Pollution in Marine and Terrestrial Environments, Friday May 8 9:30AM-2:00PM.
Featuring presentations on Plastics in the ocean: science and potential student experiments by Dr. Christopher Reddy, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, WHOI; and How animals defend themselves against pollutants: the chemical 'defensome' by Dr. Jed Goldstone, Biology Department, WHOI. Registration deadline May 1.Contact: Kathy Patterson or Kate Madin.

Coastal Archeology in Maine The Shoals Marine Laboratory, located on Appledore Island, Maine, is offering a non-credit field school in coastal archaeology at the Isles of Shoals, June 8-22. The field school is directed by Dr. Nathan Hamilton, Dept. of Geography-Anthropology, University of Southern Maine. For details visit the  AIA field school listing.

Professional Development at Cape Cod Museum The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA presents Beneath the Waves Workshop, Saturday May 16  9:00AM-3:00PM and Sunday May 17 10:00AM-2:00PM. Call 508-896-3867, ext. 133 for information. Participants explore concepts related to marine wildlife and climate change; recommended for teachers in grades 3-9. Led by Nancy Church, M.Ed., and Maureen Dwyer, MA, CAGS, the workshop includes participatory indoor/outdoor activities and ways to incorporate technology in the classroom.

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.
Student Opportunities

NSF Ocean Science Assistants The National Science Foundation (NSF) has opening for Science Assistants in the Division of Ocean Sciences, open to college graduates. Details online.

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.


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.

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!

Science and Engineering Fair The Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair will be held Saturday May 2, 12;30-3:00 at MIT's Johnson Athletic Center. Free and open to the public. Details online.

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.
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.

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 May 14, 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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