The newsletter of NEOSEC & COSEE-New England

June 2009
Vol 6 No 9
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In This Issue
Announcements, Publications
Online Ocean Science Education Resources
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Jobs Around New England (and Beyond)
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Announcements, Publications

World Ocean Day Podcast The Thank You Ocean Report podcast features The Ocean Project's Bill Mott, who discusses the history of World Ocean Day and describes some of the events you can participate in on June 8. To listen to the podcast, scroll down on the Thank You Ocean podcast page.

World Ocean Day Beach Cleanups Celebrate World Ocean Day with the New England Aquarium by volunteering at one of the cleanup campaigns in Revere, South Boston or Quincy,
Massachusetts, June 6. This event is free but you are asked to register online.  
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Year of Science Ocean and Water Pages The Year of Science Ocean and Water website is now live. Submit your suggestion for the name of a new species of jelly, ask an oceanographer a question, download videos from ocean research expeditions, check out the Fun Zone, and more. Visit Oceans and Water.

Sand for Students Sand for Students is an education outreach and "citizen science" program offered by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). The program instructs students on how to collect sand from nearby rivers and seashores and help build a worldwide sand database. Visit Sand for Students.

Build Your Own ROV NOAA scientist Doug Levin has developed a detailed manual for building a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for use in the classroom, all for under $100. The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website publications page offers the downloadable manual (PDF), along with ROV lesson plans and other activities.

Surface Ocean Current Teaching Materials Ducks in the Flow: Resources about Surface Ocean Currents for the Upper Elementary Classroom, intended for grades 3-5, includes a storybook and three classroom activities. The materials were developed at the Office of Education and Outreach at  Eastern Michigan University with funding from NOAA. In the storybook, three children work collaboratively to explore and investigate surface currents found in the ocean and the Great Lakes while learning about the journey of a seafaring plastic duck. Three hands-on activities for the classroom further explore the science content and provide instruction in basic science process skills. Explore Ducks in the Flow.

Hurricane Resources for the Classroom Annenberg Media offers resources that can help you learn and teach about hurricanes. The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science, Unit 2 describes hurricanes in Section 7 of the online textbook. In an interview with MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel, he explains what a hurricane is and how it forms. The weather interactive helps you to understand the forces that influence weather, hurricanes, and other powerful storms. Dr. Emanuel explains what computer models and an energy systems approach can reveal about the behavior of hurricanes in Science in Focus: Energy, Workshop 6, "Energy and Systems," and his MIT home page contains additional information on hurricanes, tracking models, and various resources related to cyclonic storms.

Research Vessel Websites Make an online visit to both of these research vessels. The 470-foot JOIDES Resolution (JR) is one of the largest earth and ocean science research vessels in the world. On this new interactive site, you can ask real scientists questions, track the ship's location, explore daily ship blogs, watch up-to-the-minute videos and take advantage of other real time resources. The Deep Sea Drilling Vessel Chikyu website includes information on the expedition currently underway, and follows researchers on the daily report. The site is maintained by the Center for Deep Earth Exploration, a center of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. Visit the For Educators page.

Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Topics in Aquaculture is a one-week course for educators that provides an overview of aquaculture with emphasis on applications in New England. Participants gain the skills needed to set up and operate a small, recirculating aquaculture system as a living laboratory in their classroom. June 22-26 at Cat Cove Marine Laboratory, Department of Biology, Salem State College, Salem, MA. Contact instructor Joe Buttner for details.

Oceans, Coasts and Climate for Teachers This course, given at the Waquoit Bay Research Reserve, Falmouth, MA, will present information, research, and activities on climate topics with a special focus on marine systems. Participants will carry out field studies, practice using marine and coastal data, and engage in lessons and activities for teaching about climate. August 3-7 plus follow-up date in November.
Visit online for more information or contact Pat Harcourt.

Climate Science and Oceans Professional Development Workshop Climate Science and the Oceans, for teachers of grades 6-12, will run August 10-13, 8:00AM-4:00PM, with a follow-up meeting date to be decided during the summer session, at New England Aquarium, Boston, MA. For registration information, email or call 617-973-6590.

NSDL Brown Bag Webinars The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Resource Center offers monthly Brown Bag webinars on topics of interest to STEM educators at all levels. Learn about trends and issues in education, technology use in educational settings, and useful tools, services, and best practices. Check out the upcoming brown bag, What Works? Using NSDL Collections in the K-12 Classroom, and look through the archives for information about open source technology tools you can use. Visit the Brown Bag website.
Jobs Around New England (and Beyond)

Education Coordinator and Lab Manager, Maine The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine has two openings, one for a part-time Education Coordinator and one for a full-time Lab Manager. Details online.

Environmental Education Program Director, Vermont The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is seeking an Environmental Education Program Director, responsible for overall leadership of VINS' environmental education programs, including programs for children, adults, citizen scientists, and professional educators. Details online.

Education Program Host, Florida The Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys has an opening for a Program Host. The job opening is in the Education Department and includes narrating live-action, ever-changing presentations of DRC's dolphins and sea lions. This is a full-time position. For details contact

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: 2-3:00PM, Public lectures: 7-8:00PM. 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, 8:00AM-4:00PM. To learn more about this trip or to download the registration form, visit online.

Ocean Voyagers Film at the Music Hall The Seacoast Science Center presents a special screening of the award-winning feature film Ocean Voyagers at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, June 14 at 3:00PM. A panel discussion follows the film. Details online.

International ROV Competition The 8th Annual International Student ROV competition is being held at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA, June 24-26. Sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE), over 60 teams from all over the world will be competing. Visit the MATE website for details.
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The next issue of NEwswave will be sent in early July 2009. Information will be posted on the blog on a daily basis. 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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Include Your News in NEwswave!
Send news and announcements of interest to the New England Ocean Science Education community to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

NEOSEC Member Events
Northeastern University Marine Science Center  offers a
Coastal Ecosystems Summer Workshop for Teachers and a Summer Academy for High School Students. Visit the
Northeastern University Marine Science Center.

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

Sea Education Association
Openings still available in the3-week High School Summer Seminars as well as the Fall 2009 undergraduate SEA Semesters. Visit online or contact for more information.


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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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