The newsletter of NEOSEC & COSEE-New England

May 13, 2009
Vol 6 No 8
In This Issue
Announcements, Publications
Online Ocean Science Education Resources
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Jobs Around New England (and Beyond)
NEwswave Schedule
Announcements, Publications

Exciting Expedition to Erupting Undersea Volcano
Scientists who have just returned from an expedition to an erupting undersea volcano near the Island of Guam, named NW Rota-1, have much exciting news to report, including the discovery of a new shrimp species. The international science team on the expedition, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), also captured dramatic new information about the eruptive activity of the volcano. "This research allows us, for the first time, to study undersea volcanoes in detail and close up," said Barbara Ransom, program director in NSF's Division of Ocean Sciences, which funded the research. "NW Rota-1 remains the only place on Earth where a deep submarine volcano has ever been directly observed while erupting." Photos from the expedition and a report summary available online.

Climate Literacy Guide
NOAA has released Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, a 13-page guide that includes information on how individuals and communities can help reduce climate change and its impacts. To download, see the NOAA Climate Program Office website.

Ocean Priorities ReportThe Joint Ocean Commission Initiative has released Changing Oceans, Changing World: Ocean Priorities for the Obama Administration and Congress, a report that outlines priority actions for ocean and coastal policy and management, international leadership, ocean science, and funding for ocean and coastal policies and programs. For details, see the Commission website.

Capitol Hill Oceans Week The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation invites you to participate in Capitol Hill Ocean Week June 9-11, 2009 in Washington, D.C. This year's theme The Blue Economy: Understanding the Ocean's Role in Our Nation's Financial Future highlights the link between the ocean and the economy, and will discuss tangible ways that ocean policies might impact improvements in our economy.  Free registration is required.
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Oceans, Weather, and Climate  NOAA's new Ocean's Role in Weather and Climate website features materials to help teachers and students understand factors that impact the Earth's weather and climate and how changes in temperature or air circulation are part of complex, long-term cycles. The website offers classroom resources, teacher tutorials, web seminar archives, and more.

Follow Along on a Research Cruise National Geographic's Ocean Now is a project to study the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean. Follow Dr. Enric Sala and a team of scientists as they explore the pristine waters of the southern Line Islands. Included is a blog updated daily with answers to questions posed to the research team. Visit Ocean Now.

This arcade hosted by NOAA is a portal to games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes. It highlights the science and the activities of NOAA and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship.  Visit Games@NOAA.

Marine Debris to Energy Project
The New Hampshire Marine Debris to Energy Project studies marine debris at sea and on the shore, incorporating waste-to-energy and recycling as part of cleanup efforts. The website includes individual beach debris breakdowns, a reporting form, and more. Individual beach maps will be available in the future.

ThinkFinity Literacy Network The Verizon Foundation's Thinkfinity Literacy Network links to free, online educational resources for literacy instruction and lifelong learning for adults along with family literacy programs. The content aims to strengthen literacy development, creativity, and critical thinking skills. The website of literacy resources is meant for teachers, volunteers, adult learners, tutors, parents, and students. Try a simple search on "marine".
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Teachers Enhancement Courses The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) provides online science courses developed for teachers, created by a collaborative team of scientists and in-service teachers. Courses include Fundamentals of Oceanography, Environmental Measurement: Sensors and Electronics, Streamside Science: Hands-On Approaches to Water Quality Education, and more. Visit online.

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.

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. Apply online.

MITS Summer Institutes for K-8 Educators The 2009 Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Summer Institute Inquiry-Based Science: Investigating Water & Energy Concepts in the State Frameworks will be offered
July 6-17. In each of 9 regions in Massachusetts, educators at MITS' partner institutions work together to offer a 2-week professional development opportunity. Visit each of the organizations' sites for 1-2 days and participate in both content and skill development sessions taught by professional educators, scientists and other content experts. Details online.

Jobs Around New England (and Beyond)

Education Director, Washington State Salish Sea Expeditions, based on Puget Sound, seeks an Education Director to provide vision, planning and oversight to current programs. The position is funded in part through a grant from NOAA's B-WET program. Salish Sea Expeditions was founded to inspire a passion for exploring, understanding and respecting the marine environment through hands-on scientific inquiry on Puget Sound. Find out more 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!

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.
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 28, 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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NEOSEC Member News
Long Island Sound Resource Guide published by Connecticut Sea Grant. Contact Karen Massaro for print copies.

Coastal Ecosystems Summer Workshop for Teachers
offered by Northeastern University Marine Science Center.

Integrating Ocean Science
Summer Teacher Workshop
offered by New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center.

Summer Academy for High School Students
offered by Northeastern University Marine Science Center

Sea Education Association
offers summer seminars for high school students and semester-long courses for undergraduates. Visit SEA.

Undersea Glider Video
An undersea glider
developed by the University of Washington recently returned from a record breaking six months of operating under the ice close to the Arctic Circle. The glider developers posted a video explaining how it works and the data it is able to gather.

Watch the video.

Ocean Book of the Month
The Ocean Project presents Ocean Book of the Month

Each month, The Ocean Project will highlight a book focused on the ocean and/or environmental sustainability. Books for all age groups will be covered, non-fiction and fiction, prose and poetry.

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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