February 2009

 In This Issue CNN Vol. 2 No. 2 | February 2009 
Focus On...COSEE-SESubscribe
Center News
Working Group Updates
Central Coordinating Office Updates
Meet Elizabeth Ban, Ocean Science Education Specialist at Sant Ocean Hall
News to Use
COSEE Network Calendar
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE-SouthEast

What's new at COSEE-SouthEast? Visit February's Center of the Month and find out!
 Center News
University of Washington oceanography professor John Delaney
COSEE-Networked Ocean World recently launched their new biweekly podcast Ocean Gazing, highlighting the science, researchers and sounds of Ocean Observing Systems. The first episode of Ocean Gazing features University of Washington oceanography professor and visionary John Delaney. Listen to the episode, view pictures, hear additional clips, and comment on the episode on the COSEE-NOW website. Keep up to date by subscribing to the COSEE-NOW RSS feed.

COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities will launch their new website in the beginning of March. For a preview of the new layout visit here.

COSEE-SouthEast Marine Debris Publication COSEE-SouthEast developed and published a middle school, 48-page publication, The Educator's Guide to Marine Debris for the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico. This publication is available online and provides an accessible avenue of ocean science stewardship based on science and volunteer information. COSEE-SouthEast has also produced a poster about marine debris that can be downloaded and printed. See the poster here.

 Working Group Updates
COSEE Network website
Web Working Group The WWG continues to refine the COSEE websites, concentrating on layout and increased functionality. During the next few months, we will discuss and prioritize methods for handling Network business (e.g. password-protected staff pages, posting of the COSEE Network Newsletter, etc.) and integrating those Centers not currently on the Content Management System. For more information on the WWG, please contact its Chair, Annette deCharon.
 Central Coordinating Office Updates
COSEE-Inspired CD The Banana Slug String Band has joined forces with COSEE to write, produce and record their next CD focusing on ocean ecology topics. The working title of the new CD is Only One Ocean and is co-sponsored by COSEE.

COSEE Network Meeting The annual COSEE Network Meeting will be held at the Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May 4-6, 2009. Contact Andrea Kecskes for more information.
This year at the NSTA Convention, March 19-22 in New Orleans, COSEE will be presenting sessions throughout the day on Saturday, March 20 and a short course on March 19. Please contact Liesl Hotaling if you can help staff the COSEE exhibits during the conference.

COSEE-NOW Data Activity - Don't Even "Sink About It" Learn about buoyancy with this classroom-ready activity using real scientific data. Presenter: Christopher J. Petrone, Virginia Sea Grant

COSEE-West Opportunities for Teachers and Students in the Online World and Beyond Both teachers and students benefit from bringing research experiences into the classroom and providing opportunities for student-centered learning. Presenter: Lynn Whitley, Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies

COSEE-Coastal Trends in Sea Grass This teaching module on sea grass describes the importance of these coastal systems, their decline and restorative research. Presenter: Laura Murray, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

COSEE-Great Lakes Explorations Online resources and summer programs engage teachers in learning about Great Lakes coastal resources. Presenters: Bruce Munson, University of Minnesota and Rosanne Fortner, COSEE-Great Lakes

From Sea to Inland Sea - COSEE Teachers Exchange Coastlines for Broader Professional Experience Professional development through COSEE opens new environments for a COSEE Educator Exchange. Presenters: Rosanne Fortner, COSEE-Great Lakes and Lundie Spence, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

New Views on Sand: Virtual Samples Bring The World's Beaches to Your Classroom Combing web-based sand images with real sand samples expands the scope of lab activities. Presenter: Carol Hopper Brill, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

COSEE Luncheon: Natural Coastal Hazards and Their Impacts on the Human Condition Dr. Ginis, an oceanographer and national leader in hurricane research at the University of Rhode Island, will discuss his research.

The Oceans They Are A-Changin': How Might This Affect You Discovering how science and technology can frame the impact of climate change on coasts, ecosystems and human activities. Presenters: Liesl Hotaling, The Beacon Institute; Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University; Annette deCharon, University of Maine and Amy Holt-Cline, University of Maine

Sediment - It Ain't Just Dirt Explore the importance of sediment as a valuable commodity for restoring coastal habitat. Presenters: Jessie Kastler, J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Tim Savoie, South Cameron High School

In addition to the above sessions, Annette deCharon (COSEE-Ocean Systems), Liesl Hotaling (The Beacon Institute) and Janice McDonnell (COSEE-NOW) will examine the role of ocean-observing technological advances as a means to understanding coastal change in a short course entitled "COSEE: The Oceans, They Are A-Changin': How Might This Affect You?" Participants will actively interact with professionals from NASA and NOAA and use COSEE-developed materials and classroom activities.

COSEE will also present our new exhibit and Center one-pagers. For those of you planning to attend the convention, you can browse sessions and add them to your personal scheduler through the NSTA website. See y'all in New Orleans!
 Meet Elizabeth Ban, Ocean Science
 Education Specialist at Sant Ocean Hall
Elizabeth Ban
COSEE, the Smithsonian Institution-Sant Ocean Hall (SI-SOH), NOAA-Office of Exploration and Research, and NOAA-Sea Grant, represented by the Search Committee for the Senior Educator Position at SI-SOH, are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Ban has been selected as the Ocean Science Education Specialist. Elizabeth comes to this position with a strong commitment to ocean science education and building multi-program partnerships. Read more about Elizabeth.

Journal of Visualized Experiments JoVE was founded in October 2006 as the first online journal devoted to video-publication of life science research. JoVE has so far released 21 monthly issues including over 300 video-protocols on experimental approaches in developmental biology, neuroscience, microbiology and other fields. To facilitate the integration of video content into scientific publishing, JoVE has developed an organizational and technical structure to perform and/or assist scientists with filming and editing in their labs. Watch a video on blood collection from a horseshoe crab.
 News to Use
Year of Science Ocean and Water Web Pages The COSEE Network supports the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) and its Year of Science 2009 2009 project. June 2009 is Ocean and Water month, and web pages are now under construction. Visit the Ocean and Water web page. If your Center would like to add a resource or link to the Ocean and Water web page contact Catherine Cramer. Comments and suggestions about the web page are welcome and may be made to Jen Collins.

Woods Hole Diversity Initiative Partnership Education Program (PEP), a consortium of six science institutions, is launching a program this summer in Woods Hole, Massachusetts to bring college undergraduates to the village for a course and research opportunity. PEP is supported by the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative to promote diversity in the Woods Hole science community, and especially seeks students from minorities under-represented in ocean and environmental sciences. The priority date for admission and funding consideration was January 31but inquiries are still welcome. For more information contact PEP Director Dr. Ambrose Jearld.

HBCU Educator at Sea Needed The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (Ocean Leadership) together with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program - U.S. Implementing Organization (IODP-USIO) is currently seeking an educator from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to sail on board the renovated JOIDES Resolution (JR). The HBCU Educator at Sea will be part of IODP Expedition 324 - Shatsky Rise Formation, scheduled to begin in Yokohama, Japan on September 4, 2009 and end in Townsville, Australia on November 4, 2009. This opportunity is open to full-time HBCU educators from science or education departments that are interested in experiencing life on board a scientific vessel, sharing experiences in real-time with land-based audiences, and creating educational materials related to the expedition. The application and further information are available online. The application deadline is April 27, 2009.

Sylvia Earle's TED Wish On February 5, Census of Marine Life U.S. National Committee (USNC) member and ocean advocate Dr. Sylvia Earle was awarded the 2009 TED prize. The prize, awarded at the annual TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference, grants the winner One Wish to Change the World. Find out Sylvia's wish.
Session for Education and Outreach Professionals at NSTA If you are attending the 2009 NSTA conference in New Orleans, consider attending a free 4-hour workshop to build the community of participants using and contributing to the NEO-Sphere website, Wednesday March 18, 1-5:00 PM. The workshop will offer an introduction to the resources on the site and guided instruction in adding and accessing these resources. The ideal participant in this workshop would be an education and outreach professional who serves as the link between basic research projects and the public, whether at a research center, a museum, or a university. Register online. For more information contact Katherine Lawrence.

NMEA 2009 The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) invites you to its annual conference. The theme for NMEA 2009 is One World Conserving One Ocean. The conference will be held in Pacific Grove, California, at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, June 29-July 3, 2009. Visit online for more information. Registration is now open.
 COSEE Network Calendar
February 2009
COSEE-Great Lakes Great Lakes ALIVE! Virtual Workshop, February 16-27

COSEE-SouthEast Georgia's Amazing Coast Workshop, February 21, SC Aquarium

COSEE-West Conserving Fish from the Mountains to the Sea Public Lecture and Teacher Workshop, February 25, Los Angeles River Center

COSEE-Pacific Partnerships Communications for Ocean Scientists Workshop, February 27, Oregon State University

COSEE-West Fish, Fishing and Fisheries Teacher Workshop, February 28, SEA Lab

March 2009
COSEE-Ocean Systems Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop, March 13-14, University of New Hampshire's New England Center

COSEE-West Marine Protected Areas and the Marine Life Protection Act Online Workshop, March 16-April 3

COSEE-West The Ocean in a Warming Climate Teacher Workshop, March 21, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

April 2009
COSEE-Coastal Trends Coastal Trends Weekend, April 4-5, Virginia Aquarium

May 2009
COSEE-Pacific Partnerships Workshop and Field Trip for Community College Instructors, May 1, Clatsop Community College

June 2009
COSEE-California Communicating Ocean Sciences Instructors' Workshop, June 3-5, Lawrence Hall of Science

COSEE-SouthEast Coastal Legacy Workshop, June 15-20, Honey Creek Camp and Conference Center

COSEE-Coastal Trends Scientist-Educator Partnership Orientation, June 16-19, Horn Point Laboratory

July 2009
COSEE-Coastal Trends Ocean Science Course Workshop, July 7-10, Horn Point Laboratory

COSEE-Great Lakes R/V Lake Guardian Shipboard Workshop, July 7-13, Lake Superior

COSEE-Great Lakes Lake Erie Exploration Workshop, July 18-24, Lake Erie basin locations

COSEE-Pacific Partnerships Community College Faculty Institute, July 20-24, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

COSEE-SouthEast Ocean Sciences Education Leadership Institute, July 20-25, Baruch Marine Lab

COSEE-Great Lakes R/V Lake Guardian Shipboard Workshop, July 25-31, Lake Huron

Sea Grant on YouTube Delaware Sea Grant presents SeaTalk video podcasts on YouTube. Over 20 short educational videos on topics ranging from hurricane research to alternative energies to ghost crabs are available online.
Expert Voices Gateway The National Science Digital Library Expert Voices site provides the latest science news straight from the source: scientists. Expert Voices is a weblog site for experts in STEM and a forum for educational discussion about the latest STEM news.
BLUE Ocean Film Festival The BLUE Ocean Film Festival, June 11-14, 2009 in Savannah, Georgia, is a global film festival and conservation summit for underwater filmmakers and marine researchers. They are currently accepting film submissions; check their website for submission deadlines.
Sea Change on PBS The TV series NOW on PBS recently aired Sea Change, a 26-minute video featuring programming on ocean effects stemming from climate change.
Send news and announcements of interest to the COSEE Network community to the editor, Catherine Cramer. This includes calls for presentations, workshop announcements, etc.
 COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
COSEE-Alaska (Nora Deans, North Pacific Research Board)
COSEE-California (Craig Strang, UC Berkeley)
COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico (Sharon Walker, Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium)
COSEE-Coastal Trends (Laura Murray, U of Maryland Center for Environmental Science)
COSEE-Great Lakes (Rosanne Fortner, Ohio State University)
COSEE-Networked Ocean World World (Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University)
COSEE-New England (Billy Spitzer, New England Aquarium)
COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities (Phil Bell, University of Washington)
COSEE-Ocean Systems (Annette deCharon, Darling Marine Center, University of Maine)
COSEE-Pacific Partnerships (Jan Hodder, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology)
COSEE-SouthEast (Lundie Spence, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium)
COSEE-West (Linda Duguay, University of Southern California)