April 2009

 In This Issue CNN Vol. 2 No. 4 | April 2009 
Focus On...COSEE-Great LakesSubscribe
New Collaboration Spotlight
Ocean Hall Update
Encyclopedia of Life and COSEE
Center News
Working Group Updates
Central Coordinating Office Updates
COSEE Network Calendar
News from NSF
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE-Great Lakes

What's new at COSEE-Great Lakes? Visit the April Center of the Month and find out!
 New Collaboration Spotlight
The New Collaboration between COSEE-California and the University of Hawaii has begun! Read about their workshop here.
 Ocean Hall Update
As part of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Ocean Initiative, Elizabeth Ban, the COSEE Ocean Science Education Specialist, has been working to develop and enhance collaborations for the Sant Ocean Hall Education program. Read an update about Elizabeth's activities here.
 Encyclopedia of Life and COSEE
EOL Reaches Out to K-16 Educators with
Marine Theme

by Ann Downer-Hazell

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), the global initiative to put every one of Earth's 1.8 million known living species online in approximately 10 years, is enlisting the help of COSEE as it launches its K-16 education outreach with a year-long campaign focusing on marine biodiversity and conservation. Get the full story here.

 Center News
Polar bear
COSEE-Alaska The new COSEE-Alaska website is up and running.

Marilyn Sigman, a respected marine science educator from Homer, Alaska, has been named marine education specialist for COSEE-Alaska and the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. Read more here.

COSEE-Alaska recently hosted the third annual Communicating Ocean Science Workshop, attracting more than 65 ocean scientists, community members, educators and communicators during the first day of the 2009 Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska. Find out more here.

COSEE-Networked Ocean World The latest edition of the Ocean Gazing podcast is titled: Cyber fiber: John Orcutt and Frank Vernon wire the ocean. Cyberinfrastructure allows online access of underwater observations to anyone in the world in real time. Details here.

COSEE-SouthEast The Winter 2009 issue of Coastal Heritage Cold-Water Corals: Ancient life in the deep, dark sea is now available online. Learn about unique biological features, current research and threats to survival for deep sea corals. Find out how this information can be used in classrooms to address educational standards by visiting Curriculum Connection.
 Working Group Updates
Web Working Group The WWG continues to refine the COSEE websites, concentrating on increased functionality of the Content Management System. Issues easy to implement have been completed and the items remaining on our wish list, such as search tips, site maps, print capabilities, and browsing images for re-use have been prioritized. For more information on the WWG, please contact its Chair, Annette deCharon.
 Central Coordinating Office Updates
CCO staff member Romy Pizziconi at work at the COSEE exhibit
COSEE at NSTA 2009
By Gail Scowcroft

COSEE was well-received at the NSTA conference in New Orleans. Our new exhibit was visited by literally hundreds of teachers and it received many compliments. Kudos to Liesl Hotaling, Andrea Kecskes, Romy Pizziconi, and the Office of Marine Programs staff for building the IKEA furniture. Many thanks go to Liesl, Andrea, and Romy for the new COSEE one-pagers and exhibit graphics. It looked very professional to have a graphic identity that ties, the exhibit, and the printed materials together. Thanks to all the COSEE folks that helped staff the exhibit booth!

Jessie Kastler from COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico presenting the COSEE session Sediment-It Ain't Just Dirt
Thanks also to Liesl for coordinating a full day of COSEE sessions on Saturday. The sessions, all given by COSEE folks, were very well attended. Friday's short course was also a big success. COSEE-Ocean Systems and COSEE-NOW partnered to offer this engaging course and four area scientists participated in delivering the content, in addition to COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico scientists. The COSEE lunch and lecture on Saturday were at maximum capacity, and Dr. Isaac Ginis gave an awesome talk.

All in all we can be very proud of our COSEE colleagues and being part of this great Network!

COSEE Network Meeting Over 80 members of the COSEE Network Community are planning to attend the May meeting at the Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head, South Carolina. The meeting will begin with a beachside cocktail hour on Monday evening, May 4 and continue through May 6.

Sessions during the meeting will include an evaluation review of COSEE, marketing COSEE services to scientists, engaging the business sector of COSEE, and storytelling as a communication tool. National Advisory Committee members will also meet. In addition, a draft of the new Strategic Business Plan will be presented by Billy Spitzer (COSEE-New England) and Carroll Hood (Raytheon/National Advisory Committee). For more information contact Andrea Kecskes.
Ocean Motion Website The NASA Ocean Motion website provides a comprehensive review of the surface circulation of Earth's ocean, along with classroom investigations appropriate for various disciplines at the high school level. The website features satellite and model data, quick evaluation quizzes, classroom investigations, and more.

Ocean Leadership Calendar View the Ocean Leadership Calendar. If you have any additions, email submissions to Gregg Schmidt.
2010 Ocean Sciences Call for Sessions Stewardship of marine resources in the 21st Century demands the development of predictive tools based on models and field observations. The challenge of developing these tools forms the theme of the 2010 Ocean Sciences meeting, which will be assembled February 22-26 in Portland, Oregon. This overarching theme emphasizes efforts to link observations and models to form superior predictions across multiple space and time scales. Special session proposals are invited that are related to this theme, i.e., focusing on some aspect of observations, models, and also field or laboratory experiments that ultimately seek to enhance our predictive ability, as well as efforts focusing on education, outreach, and marine policy. Session proposals focusing on paleoceanography, geological oceanography and research related to the International Polar Year are also encouraged. For more information visit online.

2010 AAAS Annual Meeting - Request for Proposals The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, February 18-22, 2010 in San Diego, California, will offer a venue to communicate cutting edge marine science to thousands of scientists and hundreds of journalists from around the world. The meeting's theme is Bridging Science and Society. The deadline for submission is April 28, 2009. Details online.
 COSEE Network Calendar
April 2009
COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities Exploring the Spectrum of Citizen Science, April 10-11, Fort Worden Conference Center

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

COSEE-West Public Lecture, Dr. Nina Karnovsky, Sea Birds, Plankton and Global Warming in the Arctic, The Huntington Library

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-Central Gulf of Mexico, Teacher/Scientist Institute, June 21-26, various sites

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

COSEE-Ocean Systems Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop, July 27-29, Darling Marine Center

August 2009
COSEE-Coastal Trends Coastal Trends Workshop, August 4-6, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

COSEE-California Teacher at Sea: Plastics in the North Pacific Gyre, August 9-21, onboard R/V New Horizon

COSEE-West Ocean Observing Systems Institute for Teachers, August 10-14, various sites around Los Angeles
 News from NSF
NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) This program provides funding for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to bring their leading research practice and findings into K-12 learning settings. Through collaborations with other graduate fellows and faculty from STEM disciplines, teachers and students in K-12 environments, and community partners, graduate students can gain a deeper understanding of their own research and place it within a societal and global context. Read the program solicitation.

Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) The Directorate for Geosciences of the National Science Foundation supports research and education in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences. The Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) Program is designed to address the fact that certain groups are underrepresented in the geosciences relative to the proportions of those groups in the general population. The primary goal of the OEDG Program is to increase participation in the geosciences by African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (American Indians and Alaskan Natives), Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesians or Micronesians), and persons with disabilities. Read the program solicitation.
Environmental Visualization Resources The NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab has launched a new website. On this site you'll find streaming and downloadable video files, high resolution satellite images, and various educational resources. Imagery and animations will continue to be updated on a daily basis. The site developers appreciate any feedback; send comments to Dan Pisut.

Ocean Acidification Oregon Sea Grant has posted three short videos discussing ocean acidification and the problems it brings: Ocean acidification: ­A three-part interview with Dr. Richard Feely, NOAA lead scientist

Part I: What is ocean acidification?
Part II: How are ocean animals affected?
Part III: How will ocean ecosystems be affected?
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)