The newsletter of NEOSEC & COSEE-New England

August 2009
Vol 6 No 11
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In This Issue
Announcements, Publications
Online Ocean Science Education Resources
Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses
Jobs Around New England (and Beyond)
NEwswave Schedule
Announcements, Publications

Gulf of Maine Fact Sheet The Ecosystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) is a committee of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. ESIP is developing indicators for the Gulf of Maine and integrating regional data for a new Web-based reporting system for marine ecosystem monitoring, and has just published an initial fact sheet. To access this fact sheet and other information about ESIP visit the website.

Nantucket Biodiversity Conference The 3rd Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Conference will be held September 19, 2009, at the Egan Maritime Institute at the Historic Coffin School, 4 Winter Street, Nantucket, MA. Any person or organization who has conducted biodiversity related research on Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, Long Island or other similar habitats is invited to apply for a place on the program either for an oral or poster presentation. For more information contact Questions: Please contact Bob Kennedy.

Ocean Plan Hearings Formal public hearings on the draft ocean management plan for Massachusetts have been scheduled during the month of September, and will take place in various locations. Comments on the plan may be made online.
Online Ocean Science Education Resources

Ocean Facts Website NOAA's National Ocean Service offers an ever-growing Ocean Facts Website. Questions are arranged under several categories, such as Ocean Life, Ocean Observations, and Geology. Visit Ocean Facts

Harmful Algae Digital Library The Harmful Algae Digital Library from the National Sea Grant Library contains a collection of downloadable Sea Grant documents arranged by subject area: red tide/PSP, brown tide, ciguatera, killer algae, and Pfiesteria. These documents are products of Sea Grant research.

Giant Squid Curriculum Module The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Mississippi State University, and partners offer this online Giant Squid Curriculum Module. Lessons in the module are related to information in the web pages of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

Bioluminescence Expedition Education Module The NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Program has launched the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition. Educators working with scientists from the expedition developed an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module (EEM) for the mission. Designed for teachers of students in Grades 5-12, the EEM offers lessons tied to the National Science Education Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. Weblogs, written by educators and scientists that capture daily activities and discoveries, complete with compelling video and images, are posted within 24 hours of their receipt from the explorers on the Ocean Explorer Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition website.

Adopt a Drifter Buoy for Your Classroom The NOAA Adopt a Drifter Program provides teachers with the opportunity to infuse ocean observing system data into their curriculum. A drifter is a floating ocean buoy equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensing instruments, which are linked to transmitting equipment that sends observed data to data collecting centers. An initial global array of 1250 drifting buoys was completed during 2005.  Find out how to apply to adopt a drifter.

Classroom Aquarium Guide Ocean Animal Aquarium: Collection of Intertidal Organisms: Mini-Marine Ecosystem, Teachers' Guide: Lessons and Activities, prepared by Becky Lash, of the Maine Biological Laboratory, is a 15-page teachers' guide for setting up and using an ocean animal aquarium in the classroom. Download the guide in PDF

Seminars, Workshops, Online Courses

Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop at University of Connecticut Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)-Ocean Systems presents an  Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop at the University of Connecticut (Avery Point Campus), October 9-10. This unique workshop will team ten formal and informal educators with researchers to create multimedia learning resources. Meet the participating scientists. Application deadline: Monday, August 31, 2009. Apply online! Application information will be used to match you with a research scientist based on your interests, and will be also used to evaluate what you gained from the workshop. For details contact Carla Companion.

Online Seminars on Science from AMNH Registration is open for two sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History. The courses are online and can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits each. Courses run Sept-Oct or Oct-Nov. Sign up now at Courses include The Ocean System as well as the newest course, Water: Environmental Science. Since the courses are fully web-based, there is no need to come to the museum at any time and all courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a PhD scientist in the field. Registration for Session One closes August 24. Contact for more details.

EETAP Fall Courses Online The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) offer the following online  courses this fall: Fundamentals of Environmental Education, September 8-November 25, 2009; Making EE Relevant for Culturally Diverse Audiences, September 8-November 13, 2009; Applied Environmental Education Program Evaluation, September 7-December 4, 2009; Leadership Development in Natural Resources: Strategic Planning and Implementation, September 22-November 21, 2009 Check the website for availability and registration deadlines.

Why Do We Explore? Online Workshop Join the College of Exploration and NOAA's Ocean Explorer for the free online teacher workshop, Why Do We Explore?, October 5-16, 2009. This is the second workshop in a series of teacher professional development opportunities focused around NOAA's new ship, the Okeanos Explorer. Scientific keynote presenters and education facilitators will work with participants to delve into the benefits of ocean exploration targeting climate change, energy, human health and ocean health. The workshop will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Join the workshop

ROV Building Workshop The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), MIT Sea Grant, the Office of Naval Research, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers are partnering to offer an ROV building workshop for middle and high school teachers.  Participants will experience the MIT SeaPerch program through building their own ROV and then exploring how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field. Teachers will receive a complete ROV kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide. The workshop will take place at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, November 6-7. For details contact Amy Hoffmaster

Jobs Around New England (and Beyond)

Project Staff Associate- Syracuse, NY Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) has an opening for a Project Staff Assistant to assist the Executive Director in the overall administration of the GLRC. The project associate also serves as liaison to the New York Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council and helps administer the New York Great Lakes Protection Fund small grants program. The GLRC office can be contacted directly at or at 315-470-6720.

Aquarium Program Assistant - California The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is seeking applications for a part-time Public Programs Assistant. The Public Programs Assistant will report directly to the Public Programs Manager and work closely with the Public Education Coordinator and the Volunteer and Public Programs Coordinator. Details 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!

PCCS Whale Watch TOMORROW Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) invites you to a whale watch Friday, August 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $100 all inclusive. Free one-year membership for newcomers to PCCS! Reserve by email All proceeds directly benefit the Humpback Whale Studies Program, which has been studying and protecting the whales you watch for over 30 years.

Gulf of Maine Lecture Series The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) presents Sea State 4.1 lecture series Ocean Wind:Charting a Course for Maine's Energy Future, Second Thursday of each month, 7PM, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101. Sea State lectures are free and parking is provided in GMRI's adjacent parking lot.

August 13 - How Does a State Take the Lead in Ocean Wind? Lessons from Rhode Island and New Jersey
Chris Wisseman, Deepwater Wind

September 10 - The Challenges and Opportunities for Maine to Emerge as an International Ocean Energy Leader
George Harte, Ocean Energy Institute

October 8 - Grid Scale Renewable Energy: Lessons from Europe Speaker to be Announced

November 12 - Community Wind on Maine's Islands: Lessons from an Early Win on Vinalhaven and North Haven
George Baker, Harvard Business School and Fox Islands Electric Cooperative

Seabird and Whale Tale Excursion Join the Seabird & Whale Tales (SAWT) excursion scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 8 am - 4 pm, leaving Plymouth (MA) Harbor and headed for the waters of Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay, including the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The trip is an annual fundraising event for the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), a non-profit organization based in southeastern MA. For more information contact Krill Carson
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The next issue of NEwswave will be sent in early September 2009. Updated information will be posted on the NEwswave 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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NEOSEC Member News
COASTSWEEP Needs Volunteers

COASTSWEEP, the Massachusetts annual coastal cleanup program, is looking for volunteers to coordinate cleanup events this fall.  Cleanup events can be held any time during September and October. All supplies will be provided. For more information on COASTSWEEP and how to participate, visit online or email

For information about coastal cleanups in other areas around the globe, visit International Coastal Clean-Up.


New Media of Interest
Scientific Visualization Studio NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio works with scientists to create visual products that promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science. Ocean science related animations include hurricane upwelling, island underwater flybys, beach erosion, and more.

Ocean Gazing Podcasts
COSEE-Networked Ocean World produces a new podcast every other week on current ocean research topics. Visit Ocean Gazing

Free Videos from PBS
The PBS series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures offers educational materials that are free and are available on the website. While you're there, be sure to check out the short web-only videos made specifically for educational use, and their accompanying lesson plans.

Winning Ocean Video
The Living on the Ocean Planet video contest announced the winner, Our Oceans, Our World , by Lexington (MA) High School students Eric Kao and Jorie Heilman. The winning video will be on display at the Smithsonian's Ocean Hall throughout the year. The contest was sponsored by the National Ocean Science Bowl and the Census of Marine Life.

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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