October 2009
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 2 No. 10 | October 2009 
Focus On...COSEE-Coastal Trends Subscribe
New Funding Announcements
Tools That Work: Success Stories
Ocean Hall Update
COSEE Presence at Conferences
Central Coordinating Office Updates
Working Group Updates
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
Online Resources
Publications and Announcements
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE-Coastal Trends
What's new at COSEE-Coastal Trends? Visit the October Center of the Month and find out!
 New Funding Announcements
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently made awards to new COSEE projects that support the National COSEE Network (NCN).

Linking Researchers and Graduate Students Through COSEE Tools and Services Four COSEE Centers - California, Networked Ocean World (NOW), Ocean Systems and West - will test new models of scientist-centered workshops that partner ocean researchers and graduate students. Participants will create new and innovative ocean-climate content and/or improve their ability to meet NSF Broader Impacts criterion. Read more. For more information contact Annette deCharon.

Enhanced Engagement of Scientists By the COSEE Network for Broader Societal Impacts The Network will build its COSEE name recognition, particularly among researchers (potential participants), by focusing on its successes with individual scientist participants. This new collaborative project will promote efforts of each COSEE with scientists via exciting, robust, engaging, and interactive web-based case studies of researchers who have used their COSEE experience as a springboard to excellence in addressing the broader impacts of their research. Read more. For more information contact Sharon Walker.

Sant Ocean Hall Lecture Series The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History will host an ocean sciences lecture series and associated programming to promote public understanding of current issues in ocean science, such as climate change and its effects on the ocean, ocean biodiversity loss, the ocean and human health, and coastal hazards. Read more. For more information contact Elizabeth Ban.
 Tools That Work: Success Stories
The COSEE Excellence in Network Technology Work Group (ENTs) is reviewing all of the online networking tools that COSEE Centers have tried. This is a place to showcase the tools that have worked - and why!

COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico Meets Moodle
by Brian McCann

COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico is reporting great success with their annual Teacher Scientist Institute held each June and July, specifically attributing increased involvement and interaction between teachers and scientists with their implementation of the online portion though the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Moodle, also known as a Course Management System (CMS) or Virtual Learning Environment, is a free and open-source e-learning software platform that can be implemented on a private or public server to help educators create online courses with opportunities for rich interaction. Read more.
 Ocean Hall Update
Lots of news from the Sant Ocean Hall: The One Year Anniversary celebration, Ocean Portal update, and a new NSF grant to host an ocean sciences lecture series and associated programming. Details here or contact Elizabeth Ban for more information about the Sant Ocean Hall.
 COSEE Presence at Conferences
COSEE-SouthEast at NAAEE The 2009 North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference is being held October 7-10 in Portland, Oregon. COSEE-SouthEast will be represented during the conference by marine education specialists Terri Kirby Hathaway and Angela Bliss. Angela will present Marine Debris: Engaging Activities to Promote Awareness as part of the Coastal and Marine Education thematic strand, and As the World Turns (Warmer and Colder): COSEE-SE Climate Change Professional Development as part of the Climate Change Education strand. Terri will present Our Amazing Coast: Introducing Coastal Habitats to Elementary Teachers as part of the Coastal and Marine Education strand. All presentations will engage the participants in methods to transfer ocean science education to the classroom and increase ocean and climate literacy.

COSEE Evaluations Session at Ocean Sciences Meeting The COSEE evaluators have had a session accepted for the 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, held February 22-26 in Portland, Oregon. Entitled COSEE Evaluations: What We've Learned and Implications for the Future, the co-convening evaluators are Chris Parsons (COSEE-NOW), Rena Dorph (COSEE-California), Patricia Kwon (COSEE-West) and Mark St. John (National COSEE Network Evaluator).

Anyone who has conducted an evaluation or research study of COSEE-related activities is invited to submit an abstract for this session. Abstracts are due by October 15, 2009. For abstract submission guidelines, visit the conference site.

The session co-conveners recommend you review the session proposal to determine if your work fits. You can also contact the co-conveners to discuss ideas. In addition, please consider creating a presence for your Center by submitting a poster to an appropriate session, as it would be great to see all COSEE Centers represented. If no one from your Center can attend the meeting, contact Liesl Hotaling; she will be happy to work with you to put your poster up and make sure there is a volunteer there to discuss your Center.

COSEE at SACNAS COSEE will be exhibiting at the Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in Dallas, October 15-18. In addition, COSEE is hosting Mary Silver, professor of ocean sciences from University of California Santa Cruz. Dr. Silver's session is titled Sustainable Seas: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Conservation and Management of Ocean Resources.

COSEE-Pacific Partnerships at the 2009 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Meeting At this CERF meeting, November 1-5 in Portland, Orgeon, COSEE-PP Director Jan Hodder will present a poster about COSEE-PP and opportunities for scientists to engage in the Center's programs. Coordinator Coral Gehrke will give an oral presentation about the Promoting Research Investigations in the Marine Environment (PRIME) internship program for community college students. Both presentations are part of a session entitled Partnering Scientists and Educators to Increase Coastal and Estuarine Knowledge, chaired by Eric Koepfler, Coastal Carolina University, and co-chaired by Jan Hodder and Laura Murray, Director, COSEE-Coastal Trends. COSEE-PP 2009 PRIME intern Sea-oh McConville will present a poster about her PRIME research project, Shoots and Blooms: A controlled mesocosm experiment assessing the effects of ulvoid macroalgae blooms on eelgrass (Zostera marina) in Pacific Northwest estuaries.

COSEE-West Session at AAAS COSEE-West will present a special session at the AAAS meeting in February 2010, Building Bridges Between Ocean Scientists, Educators and Students. For more information contact Linda Duguay.
 Central Coordinating Office Updates
The CCO hosted both an Evaluators Workshop and a first-ever Best Practices Work Session in Rhode Island, September 24-27. An evaluator from each Center was present for the workshop and the participants worked diligently to create a timeline which will ultimately end with the decadal review in 2011. The Best Practices Work Session focused on professional development and allowed for all the Centers to come together and share their "best of the best" within the Network and review exemplary programs. The results of the work session will help immensely in the decadal review.

The COSEE Council annual Fall meeting will take place in Washington DC November 2-4.
 Working Group Updates
ENTS Sub-Group The Excellence in Networking Tools Sub-Group (ENTs) is working hard on developing a networking tools guidebook. We recently moved our workspace from a Google doc to a Wiki, where we are collaboratively designing and building the guidebook. The goal of the guidebook is to provide Centers with up-to-date descriptions, reviews and best practices in order to make choosing the appropriate networking tool easier and more productive. For more information contact ENTS co-chairs Carla Companion and Catherine Cramer.

COSEE-OS home page
Web Working Group The WWG is currently reviewing a new release implemented at the beginning of October for the Content Management System. This new version changes how events are displayed on the home page, increases the number of news items that print out in the news link boxes, and corrects minor formatting issues in various browsers and browser versions. For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.
 Center News
Ocean Gazing podcast
COSEE-NOW In a new Data Analysis Teaching Activity from the Bridge and COSEE-NOW - Can't Take The Heat? - students get a hands-on introduction to heat capacity and its effects on our daily lives. Check out these regular features on the COSEE-NOW website: Ocean Gazing, Stories from Ocean Observing Systems, COSEE-NOW Team blog.

COSEE-CGOM Read the current issue of COSEE-CGOM's Newsletter which includes information on a new grant award Enhanced Engagement of Scientists by the COSEE Network for Broader Societal Impacts, the 2009 NMEA Teacher of the Year Charlene Mauro, and the annual Teacher Scientist Institute sessions implemented in June and July.

COSEE-Great Lakes co-PI Helen Domske was featured in a newspaper article Great Lakes Educator Shares Love of Water with Diverse Audiences in the SUNY Buffalo Reporter.

COSEE-Ocean Systems During September, COSEE-OS conducted Ocean-Climate Interactive and Concept Map Builder training for undergraduate students at Bowdoin College (Introduction to Oceanography) and the University of Maine Darling Marine Center (Semester By the Sea). The goal is for these students to collaboratively create maps that highlight connections among important concepts they are learning in their course work.

Based on the results of a survey by the Center Evaluator, Dr. Ted Repa, COSEE-OS has changed its approach to External Advisory Committee (EAC) telecon planning, level of reporting, and overall communication. The first "revamped" EAC meeting was held on 17-Sep-09 and included discussion on how to structure the EAC to be more effective, particularly in terms of giving advice on future directions as COSEE-OS prepares its renewal proposal.

Fur seals
COSEE-Alaska Read about a field trip that connects St. Paul students with Seal Research at the Vancouver Aquarium, the first COSEE-Alaska ocean science fair awards at the 2009 statewide science and engineering fair, and Sound Predictions 2009: The Alaska Ocean Observing System Field Experiment.

COSEE-Coastal Trends education modules are now officially live on the web. The modules were developed by last year's Scientist-Educator teams and are based on research conducted by the teams on seagrass and dead zones. The modules feature movies, video interviews, photographs, diagrams, and 5-E lesson plans for use in the science classroom. Read more from COSEE-Coastal Trends on their E-Newsletter and on CNN's Center of the Month.

COSEE-West The Resources section of the COSEE-West website was named Website of the Month in the NOAA Information Exchange for Marine Educators September issue.
 COSEE Network Calendar
October 2009
COSEE-West Cephalopods, Chameleons of the Sea, lecture, October 6, Aquarium of the Pacific

COSEE-Ocean Systems Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop, October 9-10, University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus

COSEE-Great Lakes Lake Erie Teachers Workshop, October 14, Tifft Nature Preserve

COSEE-West Dreamless Sleeper: The Lure of the Greenland Shark, lecture, October 15, Aquarium of the Pacific

COSEE-West Ocean Observing Systems, workshop, October 23-November 13, online

COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities Nature Mapping for Beaches Training, October 27, Seattle Aquarium

November 2009
COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities Nature Mapping for Beaches Training, November 10, Port Townsend Marine Science Center

COSEE-SouthEast Ocean Awareness Day, November 11, Rocky Mount Children's Museum & Science Center

COSEE-CGOM SAME Conference, November 13-15, Camp Timpoochee, Niceville, Florida
 Online Resources
HABs on Whyville NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) sponsored a scientist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to create and regularly update a harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring feature in the virtual world of Whyville, including the virtual Plankton Lab at the Whyville Oceanographic Institute. Find out more about WHOI and Whyville or visit Whyville.

NASA Ocean Surface Topography from Space New items on the website: NASA Tsunami Research Makes Waves, NASA’s climate website updates the Sea Level Viewer, Oceans of Climate Change Video. Visit Ocean Surface Topography from Space.

Podcasts from Thank You Ocean The Thank You Ocean Report focuses on interesting and exciting California ocean topics such as marine mammals, the latest news on ocean health, timely ocean issues and fascinating ocean facts. Stories feature interviews with ocean experts, explorers, scientists, conservationists, government and business leaders. Listeners learn about ocean activities and recreation, surfing, fishing, boating, and the many ways we all can thank the ocean through conservation and stewardship.

Ocean Leadership Calendar View the Ocean Leadership Calendar. If you have any additions, send email submissions to Gregg Schmidt.
 Publications and Announcements
Science Activities Issue from Rosanne Fortner, Executive Editor, Science Activities There were so many good submissions for the Special Issue of Science Activities magazine on Ocean Literacy that we couldn't fit them all into one issue! The Winter 2010 issue, Volume 46(4), is hot off the press and includes three more activities you may want to include in teaching:

Ocean Literacy Essential Principle #5:
  • Growing up the in the ocean: Complex life cycles of common marine invertebrates, by Katie Bennett and Laurel Hiebert, both in the NSF GK-12 program at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.
  • Salt marshes: At the boundary of land and sea, by John Trowbridge of Southeastern Louisiana University.
Ocean Literacy Principle #6:
  • One fish, two fish: Balancing economy with ecology as a fishery manager, by Paul Dunn and Timothy Davidson, both from the NSF GK-12 program at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.
Thanks to COSEE- Pacific Partnerships leader Jan Hodder for challenging graduate students to submit their work for publication. COSEE grows by supporting both the marine science and science education pipelines!

Reports from CAISE Citizen science projects contribute to awareness and understanding of key scientific concepts and excel in building interest in scientific activities and developing science-related skills. These are the conclusions suggested by the evidence from the recently completed Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) Inquiry Group study of Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR) programs. Read the report.

In addition, CAISE recently published a report on Strengthening Informal Science Education in the Latino Community.

Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences: Undergraduate Participation (MIMSUP) 2010 The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) is currently accepting applications for MIMSUP, an innovative program designed to increase diversity within the next generation of marine scientists. Participants receive hands-on training in the marine sciences and in the professional opportunities available to those who choose this career path. Applications are encouraged, in particular, from U.S. citizens belonging to groups currently underrepresented in the marine sciences (i.e., African Americans, Latino/Hispanics, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans or Native Pacific Islanders). Visit the MIMSUP homepage for full program information, including comments from past participants.

NOSB National Ocean Sciences Bowl will hold regional competitions in February and March. Details online.
Contribute to CNN! Send news and announcements of interest to the COSEE Network community to the editor, Catherine Cramer.

 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)