March 2009

 In This Issue CNN Vol. 2 No. 3 | March 2009 
Focus On...COSEE-CaliforniaSubscribe
Feature Story
Center News
Working Group Updates
Central Coordinating Office Updates
COSEE Conference Activities
COSEE Network Calendar
News to Use
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE-West

What's new at COSEE-West? Visit January's Center of the Month and find out!
 Center News
COSEE-New England teacher
COSEE-New England presented the Telling Your Story workshop for scientists and educators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on January 16. The Boston regional hub of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) co-sponsored the workshop presentation. Telling Your Story was last held in August 2008, in Maine, co-sponsored by the Census of Marine Life. Educator participant Pattie DeMaria, from Saco, Maine, wrote an online journal describing her experiences.

COSEE-Great Lakes The Winter 2009 issue of the GLEAMS/COSEE-Great Lakes newsletter Sweetwater Seascape is now available online.

COSEE-West Ocean Leadership Award Nominations The QuikSCience COSEE-West Ocean Leadership Awards recognize educators who make outstanding contributions to K-12 ocean science education. Nominating information is on the QuikSCience website.
 Working Group Updates
COSEE-West workshop
Web Working Group The WWG has been hard at work getting the new websites ready. Now that they are live, the WWG will continue to meet regularly to improve functionality. For more information on the WWG, please contact its Chair, Annette deCharon.

Evaluation Working Group The COSEE Evaluation Working Group will be re-convening, with membership to include Center evaluators, national evaluators, and COSEE PIs. Rosanne Fortner has agreed to help spearhead the reconstitution of this group. The group's goals are to keep COSEE leadership informed of the national evaluation progress; work with the national evaluators; and to provide feedback on the national evaluation efforts.
 Central Coordinating Office Updates
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. For details contact Andrea Kecskes.

Business Plan Development Meeting In response to a recommendation made at the National Advisory Committee (NAC) meeting in November 2008, a work session will be held March 5-6, 2009 in San Francisco to initiate the development of a business plan for the National COSEE Network. Cindy Zook will be facilitating the work session. Former and present chairs of the COSEE Council, the Central Coordinating Office staff, National Advisory Committee members and NSF Program Manager Don Elthon will be attending. Contact Gail Scowcroft for more information.

Earth Album is a photo mash-up that allows you to explore the world through photographs, courtesy of Google Maps and Flickr. To begin your journey, just click somewhere on the map.
 News to Use
Learning Science in Informal Environments Phil Bell, co-PI of COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities, helped lead a National Research Council consensus study, funded by NSF, exploring what we know about how people learn science in informal environments. The report based on the group's findings was released last week. Read the press release from the National Academies.

Ocean Conveyor Pump Switches Back On One of the "pumps" that helps drive the ocean's global circulation suddenly switched on again last winter for the first time this decade. The finding surprised scientists who had been wondering if global warming was inhibiting the pump and did not foresee any indications that it would turn back on. Read the story in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's publication Oceanus.

COPUS Year of Science Celebrates the Ocean in June The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) has launched the Year of Science. The theme for June is Ocean and Water. All Centers are invited to contribute to the Ocean and Water website, coming soon. More information on contributing to the website is available from
COSEE at NSTA Volunteers to staff the COSEE exhibit during the conference are still needed! Contact Liesl Hotaling to volunteer. March 19-22, New Orleans.

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. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 15. Any COSEE Network members who are interested in organizing the COSEE submissions to this conference should contact Annette deCharon.
 COSEE Network Calendar
January 2009
COSEE-West workshop and lecture for K-12 educators, January 24, Center for Marine Studies

COSEE-SouthEast Georgia's Amazing Coast Workshop, January 31, Northside Elementary School, Walterboro, SC

February 2009
COSEE-SouthEast Georgia's Amazing Coast Workshop, February 7, Michaux Conservancy, North Charleston, SC, and February 21, SC Aquarium, Charleston, SC

COSEE-Great Lakes Great Lakes Alive! Virtual Workshop, February 16-27

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

Researchers in the Consortium for Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean are merging sparse observations of the Southern Ocean with a state-of-the-art ocean circulation model to produce estimates of ocean conditions of greatly increased accuracy. Read more from NSF.
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)