June 2009
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Smithsonian Ocean Hall Update
COSEE at Conferences
Working Group Updates
Resources and Announcements
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
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 Smithsonian Ocean Hall Update
The Smithsonian Institution helped celebrate World Ocean Day in and around the Sant Ocean Hall with the help of NOAA and the Deep Earth Academy.  Held on Saturday, June 6, the One World, One Ocean Family Festival included the Ocean Friend Challenge, Name the Jellyfish Species contest, guest scientists and much more.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has been working with Funny Garbage, the Ocean Portal web producer, to develop content for the launch in fall, 2009.  The Ocean Portal is the next phase of the Smithsonian’s Ocean Initiative, and will use state-of-the-art, interactive web technologies to create a community of citizens who understand their connection to the ocean; continually build their knowledge of, interest in, and concern for the ocean; are inspired  to become better ocean stewards; and share their growing excitement with others.

The Institute for Learning Innovation recently completed a visitor study of the Sant Ocean Hall.  Visitors interviewed were learning new facts related to the main messages, especially about the size of the ocean and its diversity. They were also reminded about their personal responsibility and personal connection to the ocean, reinforcing concepts from before the visit. When asked about specific messages, they were most likely to say they saw or heard information about the diversity of the ocean, how it operates as one big system, how the ocean’s life forms have changed over time and/or how the ocean affects life on the planet. For more information please contact Elizabeth Ban, COSEE/Ocean Science Education Specialist at or 202-633-1087.
 COSEE at Conferences
The COSEE Network will be well represented at upcoming conferences. So far, plans are being made for COSEE presence at meetings of: Oceans 2009, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF), American Geophysical Union (AGU), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Ocean Sciences. For more information about COSEE's participation at conferences, contact Liesl Hotaling.
 Working Group Updates

Evaluation Working Group The Evaluation Working Group (EWG) meets weekly by conference call. Primary tasks in progress involve the development of categories for data collection in advance of the NSF Decadal Review of COSEE, scheduled for 2012.  The group has produced a draft of “bins” for efficient capture of demographic data about scientists and educators engaged in COSEE. Our next dataset to consider is the range of activities, strategies and products used in COSEE programs. For more information on the EWG contact Rosanne Fortner.

 Resources and Announcements
The Year of Science Ocean and Water website is now live! Explore these pages and get a chance to name a new species of jelly, ask an oceanographer a question (including WHOI scientist and COSEE program participant Jian Lin, in photograph), download videos from ocean research expeditions, visit the Fun Zone (including Nab the Aquatic Invader, a website created by COSEE-Great Lakes co-PI Robin Goettel), and more. Visit Ocean and Water.

Celebrating NOPP As part of the continued celebration of the first ten years of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), the current issue of Oceanography magazine highlights ocean research conducted through NOPP and the downstream impacts of ocean partnerships on the field of oceanography. The articles included in the special issue demonstrate the range of work funded by NOPP with the aim of bringing together cutting edge science, ocean information, and broad partnerships to better serve society and the ocean research community.

To see the current issue of Oceanography, click here.  Hard copies will be available shortly; contact the NOPP office at if you would like one.

NAC Member George Matsumoto co-authored a paper with Lisa Adams, Enhancing Ocean Literacy Using Real-Time Data, in a recent issue of Oceanography.

Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle Reaches the Deepest Part of the Ocean Read the WHOI press release.

Follow the Scarlet Knight Underwater Robotic Glider On April 27, 2009, students and scientists from Rutgers University launched a small underwater robotic glider off the coast of New Jersey, christened the Scarlet Knight, with the hope that it will be the first underwater robot to cross the Atlantic. The glider’s progress is being tracked online.

New Online Graduate Certificate Program The University of South Florida is now offering an Informal Science Institution Environmental Education Graduate Certificate beginning this fall.
 Center News
COSEE-Great Lakes PI Rosanne Fortner
COSEE-Great Lakes The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) presented the prestigious John R. (Jack) Vallentyne IAGLR Outreach Award to Dr. Rosanne Fortner, COSEE-Great Lakes PI, at its 52nd annual Conference on Great Lakes Research.  This award recognizes important and sustained contributions to informing and educating the public, youth, adults and policymakers on Great Lakes scientific issues. In the photo above, Rosanne receives her award from Dr. John Gannon, Senior Scientist with the International Joint Commission.

COSEE-Great Lakes is also co-sponsoring a workshop with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab on Great Lakes On-Line Data for Classroom Use, July 15, and presenting Boats, Nets, Fish and Lake Michigan Research as part of Chicago's Science Saturday, July 18.

NEOSEC (New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative), which grew out of COSEE-New England, now has a blog.

COSEE-West Grand Grunion CA Senate citation
COSEE-West One of many citations awarded recently to COSEE-West (at left).

COSEE-West was also given the Dr. Susanne Lawrenz-Miller Education Award from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Read Jane Lee's account of the Grand Grunion Gala here. See pictures of what COSEE-West won on the COSEE-West blog.

COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities held an Exploring the Spectrum of Citizen Science Workshop in April and it was a great success. The workshop was co-hosted by Washington Sea Grant, Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Puget Sound Partnership. The two-day event was held in Port Townsend at the Fort Worden Conference, where over 160 participants (ocean/marine scientists, formal/informal educators, graduate/undergraduate students, resource managers, and citizens) came to share their expertise, experiences, and questions regarding citizen science.

The workshop opened with keynote speaker Bruce Lewenstein from Cornell University presenting on different elements of citizen science. Following was a full day of 16 panel sessions on various topics (e.g. starting up a citizen program, case studies of citizen science driving action/change, data issues and gaps, training and managing citizen volunteers, and publishing – scientist and citizen challenges); a poster session with 20-plus examples of citizen science or marine/ocean related research; and many opportunities throughout the two days to network and connect.

COSEE-Networked Ocean World Listen to the latest installment of the COSEE-NOW podcast series COSEE-Networked Ocean World......Ocean Gazing.

Read the latest in the collection of Stories from Ocean Observing Systems.
 COSEE Network Calendar
June 2009
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
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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)