Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    May 17, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News | COSEE NOW Workshops| Job Announcements | Coming Events
Another Successful SECOORA Board and Members Meeting
On May 11-13, 2010 we had another successful and productive Annual Board and Members meeting.  Kudos to Robert McGuinn and Susannah Sheldon for their diligence in organizing everything from hotels to webcasts to agenda and panel development.  Their hard work obviously paid off.  Over 65 people attended, and some of the key events included: 
  • Preview of the new SECOORA Web site with a fresh new look and feel and a more intuitive organization.
  • Round table discussions of how members are contributing to oil spill response efforts with presentations from George Maul, Mitch Roffer, and Yonggang Liu.
  • Access to key leaders in the IOOS movement via discussions with Zdenka Willis, NOAA IOOS Office and Josie Quintrell, NFRA.
  • Overviews of our neighboring regions and how we can collaborate more effectively.
  • Information on thematic work going on in the region through panel sessions and networking.
  • Detailing of the proposal development process for the FY2011-2015 IOOS proposal.
Look for speaker presentations and a meeting summary online in the coming weeks.

SECOORA 2010 Board election results
Board members continuing in their current seats for another three-year term: Cliff Merz (Dialytics, Inc.), Jim Nelson (SkIO), Pat Welsh (UNF), Lundie Spence (COSEE SE), Mike Spranger (FL Sea Grant), Roger Pugliese (SAFMC)
Welcome to the following new Board members, whose terms begin July 1:  Shirley Pomponi (HBOI), John Proni (FIU), Nick Shay (UMiami-RSMAS)
Farewell to Joe Ramus, Duke University Marine Laboratory, who will resign his Board of Directors seat at the end of this term.  His practical guidance of the Governance Committee will be missed.
Latest Oil Spill Monitoring and Recovery Activities
SECOORA members continue to monitor the oil spill in the Gulf.  This weekend, Mitch Roffer and Dick Dodge were quoted in an article in the Palm Beach Post, Oil from spill may be entering Gulf Loop.  Keep up to date on recent activities and articles at  Of interest: NSF has a rapid response grant specifically for addressing emergency needs with funding up to $200K.   It may be of help in responding to the oil spill.
Department of the Interior Regional Climate Science Centers
The DOI has released a new grant opportunity to fund regional climate centers.  The closing date is June 18th and the funding is upwards of $7.5 million.  Eligibility is for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations interested in hosting Centers in the Northwest, Southeast, Southwest or North Central region.  More information can be found here.  Please contact Debra Hernandez ( if you are interested in discussing this opportunity.
NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News 
Call for Independent Commission to Review Oil Spill
The Ocean Conservancy is introducing legislation in both the House and Senate to establish an independent commission to review the oil spill.  While efforts right now are on the urgent response needs, it will be important to learn from this experience.  An independent commission that includes non-governmental representatives makes sense and could provide an avenue for addressing how non-governmental information such as that provided by the RAs and RA members are used in future situations.  NFRA, on the RAs behalf, is endorsing the call for supporting these pieces of legislation and establishing an independent commission. 
NOAA seeking applications for Panel Membership Solicitation Process
NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is seeking applications for the HSRP 2010 Panel Membership Solicitation process. NOAA would greatly appreciate your distributing the attached Federal Register Notice to interested applicants. Closing date is June 30, 2010.  The HSRP is a Federal Advisory Panel that provides recommendations to the NOAA Administrator on NOAA's hydrographic and navigation products and services. NOAA is encouraging applicants with expertise in navigation data, products and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science-related fields as determined by the Administrator to apply for Panel membership. For further information on the HSRP FACA Panel, visit the website.
COSEE NOW Workshops 
COSEE NOW has upcoming webinars tackling the topic of "Using Ocean Data in Education" and another series on "Broadening you Impact".   Please see or for more information.   
Job Announcements
North Carolina Sea Grant  
North Carolina Sea Grant is now taking applications for a Public Communications Specialist opening.  The description and application requirements are online.
North Carolina Reserve Announcements
Education Coordinator job opening in Beaufort
Closes May 28
NC Reserve-NC Sea Grant 2010 Coastal Research Fellowship Program
Applications due June 11
Lois-Yoder Swaim Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Applications due July 15.  Project must be completed in conjunction with National Estuarine Research Reserve staff.

Coming Events 
May 17-19, 2010 IOOS Product Developers Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI
May 23-26, 2010 Pattullo Conference, Charleston, SC
June 2-3, 2010 SECOORA DMCC Meeting, Columbia, SC
June 8-10, 2010 ENERGYOCEAN 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
June 9, 2010 Forum on Earth Observations, Washington, DC
June 9-10, 2010 Gulf of Mexico Alliance Monitoring Forum, St. Petersburg, FL
June 13 - 16, 2010 22nd International Conference of The Coastal Society, Wilmington, NC 
November 3-5, 2010 Sustainable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
November 13-17, 2010 Restore America's Estuaries, Galveston Island, TX Poster Deadline Extended to April 2

February 13-18, 2011 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
Are you interested in ocean observations, ecosystem management, marine operations, or coastal hazards? Then you should know about SECOORA, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association. SECOORA is the regional solution to integrating coastal and ocean observing in the Southeast United States. Commitment to ocean observing technologies in our region is critical. Your input, guidance, support, and membership will insure that SECOORA continues to develop the products and services that you need. Join SECOORA and be a part of the Southeast's future. Contact Executive Director Debra Hernandez ( for more information.
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