May 2009
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 2 No. 5 | May 2009 
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Collaboration Spotlight
Working Group Updates
Central Coordinating Office Updates
Resources and Announcements
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico

What's new at COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico? Visit the May Center of the Month and find out!
 Collaboration Spotlight
COSEE-West Colorado Collaboration The University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences invited Los Angeles educators to participate in a Teacher Workshop May 9 via video conferencing. The workshop included two activities - Weather Stations and Observing Clouds - and a lecture by NOAA scientist Dr. Ola Persson: The Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice and the Role of the Atmosphere. Details online.
 Working Group Updates
Messaging and Marketing Working Group The MMWG Steering Committee helped develop the position description for the Smithsonian Institution Senior Educator, and members of the MMWG participated in the selection of Elizabeth Ban as Senior Educator. In addition, the MMWG has recommended that each Center provide 20 science-based messages, using the National Environmental Education Foundation-Earth Guage format, for use in the Ocean Today Kiosk "ticker tape" area at the Sant Ocean Hall. For more information on the MMWG contact Sharon Walker.

Evaluation Working Group The EWG was inactive while a new National Evaluator was being selected and was re-activated in February 2009. Its scope of work includes: providing a forum for identifying collaborative opportunities among the National Network Evaluator and Center Evaluators; and providing a periodic review and assessment of National Network Evaluator plans. For more information on the EWG contact Rosanne Fortner.

Diversity Working Group The DWG has developed a time line for the year's goals, which are: to develop a review of best practices for increasing and accomodating diversity in ocean science education using primary literature; develop a survey of current diversity programming within the COSEE Network; and develop a Diversity Guidance Document to be delivered to the Network. For more information on the DWG contact Dionne Hoskins.
 Central Coordinating Office Updates
Network meeting
COSEE Network Meeting Over 80 members of the COSEE Network community attended the May meeting at the Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head, South Carolina. Great sessions and presentations combined with beautiful surroundings made for a productive and memorable time. Read Jane Lee's first-person account (PDF, 13.28 MB) of the meeting, and view our photo album here.

COSEE at NSTA 2009 COSEE had a very successful presence at the NSTA meeting in March 2009. For the full report, visit here. View a short slideshow of conference photos here.
 Resources and Announcements
EDF Seeks Diversity Fellows The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is seeking applicants for Diversity Fellowships in a full-time, one-year position focused on a project that is integral to one of EDF's key program areas - Oceans, Ecosystems, Climate or Health. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with EDF staff on a significant project, develop core professional skills, understand the EDF approach to environmental issues, and develop an understanding of environmental advocacy as a career path. Details available online.

Marine Scientists Return from Expedition to Erupting Undersea Volcano Scientists who have just returned from an expedition to an erupting undersea volcano near the Island of Guam report that the volcano appears to be continuously active, has grown considerably in size during the past three years, and its activity supports a unique biological community that is thriving despite the eruptions. The research was funded by the NSF's Division of Ocean Sciences. Read the summary.

Climate Literacy Guide NOAA has released Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, a 13-page guide that includes information on how individuals and communities can help reduce climate change and its impacts. to download, see the NOAA Climate Program Office website.

Ocean Priorities Report The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative has released Changing Oceans, Changing World: Ocean Priorities for the Obama Administration and Congress, a report that outlines priority actions for ocean and coastal policy and management, international leadership, ocean science, and funding for ocean and coastal policies and programs. For details, see the Commission website.

Webcast for Science Educators Meet Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of PBS's NOVA scienceNOW, during an interactive webcast event for science educators, Wednesday, May 27, 6:00 - 7:00 pm EDT. Register online.

ThinkFinity Literacy Network The Verizon Foundation's Thinkfinity Literacy Network links to free, online educational resources for literacy instruction and lifelong learning for adults along with family literacy programs. The content aims to strengthen literacy development, creativity, and critical thinking skills. The website of literacy resources is meant for teachers, volunteers, adult learners, tutors, parents, and students. A simple search on "marine" brought a response with more than 900 listings.
 Center News
COSEE-NOW podcast glider
COSEE-Networked Ocean World Podcast The latest edition of the Ocean Gazing podcast is titled: The Glide of a Lifetime, Part II. Rutgers University oceanographers Scott Glenn and Oscar Schofield have a passion for creating the next generation of ocean explorers by introducing their students and the public to the wonders of the sea. In this episode, they’ll share their deep commitment to education and why they feel it’s going to help ocean science in the long run. Visit the Ocean Gazing podcast archive.

COSEE-West Award COSEE-West is receiving an award for their education efforts on May 16 from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. The award ceremony is part of the Grand Grunion Gala.

COSEE-Networked Ocean World Webinars COSEE-Networked Ocean World and Virginia Sea Grant announce their first online web seminars on ocean science education. Tune in on May 20 to learn more about The Bridge resource center, and on May 28 for an Ocean Observing Systems Primer. Information on how to register to participate for either or both sessions is online.
 COSEE Network Calendar
May 2009
COSEE-West Public Lecture, Dr. Nina Karnofsky, "Asking the Auks about Climate Change in the Arctic," May 28, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

COSEE-West Educators Workshop and Lecture, Mitigating Threats to Pelagic Birds, May 30, Marine Mammal Care Center, San Pedro, CA

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 MexicoTeacher/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
Environmental Sensing Networks The University of Massachusetts Boston Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN) announces the second conference on Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN '09), July 23-24, 2009. This two-day conference will be comprised of three panel sessions held in conjunction with Coastal Zone '09 (CZ '09). Contact Kristin Uiterwyk for more information.

2010 Ocean Sciences Call for Sessions Ocean Sciences 2010: From Observation to Prediction in the 21st Century is 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, as well as efforts focusing on education, outreach, and marine policy. The deadline for session proposals is May 29, 2009. For more information visit online.
Undersea Glider Explores Under the Ice An undersea glider developed by the University of Washington recently returned from a record breaking six months of operating under the ice close to the Arctic Circle. Funded by NSF, data collected by the glider helps explain how glacial fresh water affects climate change. Watch the video.
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 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)