February 2010
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 3 No. 2 | February 2010 
Focus On...COSEE-SouthEast Subscribe
Tools That Work: Success Stories
Network News
Working Group Updates
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
COSEE at Conferences
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE-SouthEast
Lemuel Patterson with the estuarine food web story during ’09 Coastal Legacy
What's new at COSEE-SouthEast? Visit the February Center of the Month and find out!
 Tools That Work: Success Stories
The COSEE Excellence in Networking Tools Sub-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-West and Qualtrics
As the CCO gears up for the COSEE Network meeting in May, the ENTs helped out by doing some research into useful tools for online registration. COSEE-West has been having success registering participants online for their summer workshops. Find out what they are using here.
 Network News
COSEE-China Coming up in March, fifteen participants from eight COSEE Centers will be visiting Beijing, Xiamen and Qingdao to explore the possibility of establishing a COSEE-China. Participation in the two-day workshop on March 8-9 in Beijing will also include representatives from five Chinese universities, the State Oceanic Administration, and the NSF Beijing Office. For more information contact Bob Chen.

COSEE Program Solicitation The National Science Foundation recently released the updated and revised program solicitation for COSEE Centers. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2010. Contact either Lisa Rom or Don Elthon for more information.

NSF Ocean Education Program Director Position Announcement The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Program Director in the Ocean Education Program. The Ocean Education Program supports efforts to integrate ocean research and education via Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), and COSEE.

Ocean Literacy CD The Banana Slug String Band is getting ready to release Only One Ocean, their Ocean Literacy CD produced with support from COSEE, NMEA, NOAA Office of Exploration and Research, and the College of Exploration. Many talented and well-known musicians have contributed to this exciting project! Look for an announcement about the CD release this spring.

Award with COSEE Connections Dr. John Manderson is the 2009 winner of the Judith Brennan Hoskins Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance in the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) Science Program. The award is presented to the member of the NEFSC permanent scientific staff who best exemplifies dedication and excellence of research. The award announcement included mention of his extensive work with COSEE. Dr. Manderson has made significant contributions in education and outreach to both COSEE-Networked Ocean World and COSEE-California, and serves as a principle science advisor to both Centers related to their collaborative development of the NOAA-funded Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences for Grades 3-5 and 6-8. He was also an active participant in the Special Scientist Review of the soon-to-be-published Ocean Literacy Scope & Sequence for Grades K-12.
 Working Group Updates
ENTS Sub-Group The Excellence in Networking Tools Sub-Group (ENTs) recently provided expertise to the CCO, in the form of advice on a multi-user registration form for the upcoming Network meeting. (And in the process, Jane Lee wrote the Tools That Work story on Qualtrics, used by COSEE-West.) ENTs is putting the finishing touches on the online networking tools guidebook, and we expect to be disseminating it to the COSEE Network in the very near future! ENTs will also be providing expertise to the Professional Development Ad Hoc group during their next conference call. For more information contact ENTs co-chairs Carla Companion and Catherine Cramer.

COSEE-Pacific Partnerships home page
Web Working Group This month the WWG reviewed Raytheon Web Solutions' progress on development of a functionality to allow partners and those Centers not on the CMS to control their own "About Us" page on It is expected that this development will be done by mid-February. Also under review: the potential for online event registration - perhaps with the capability to accept credit cards; use of the site for displaying SEW-G pages; and network-wide blogs. For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.

Scientist Engagement Working Group SEW-G members are in the process of identifying scientists who will best represent the efforts of each Center through exemplary education and outreach efforts. In January the Production Team began the enjoyable task of working with its first featured scientist, Dr. Bob Chen of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, representing COSEE-New England. After two days spent following Bob with a camera and microphone to field sites, classrooms, vessels, and his lab and office, Brian McCann and Catherine Cramer have begun the process of telling Bob’s story. For further information on SEW-G please contact its Chair Jessica Kastler.
Podcasts from EOL The Enyclopedia Of Life Learning and Education website recently added new features to the podcast page, including episodes featuring the Sea Cucumber and North Atlantic Right Whale. The series of 13 podcasts will be paired with educational resources, a Meet the Scientist section, and a page full of audio extras and fast facts from EOL.

Online Video Glossary from Berkeley Lab The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offers the Berkeley Lab Video Glossary, containing 1- to 2-minute video clips of Berkeley Lab scientists and engineers explaining (in easy-to-understand language) a term that applies to their research. Click here for the complete list.
 Center News
R/V Lake Guardian
COSEE-Great Lakes announces its summer professional development programs: Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Michigan, July 6-12; Lake Ontario Exploration Workshop, July 25-30.

Individual staff of COSEE-Great Lakes will be teaching in special programs eligible for Marine Immersion scholarships: Tropical Marine Ecology [Domske], Roatan, August 7-14; Ocean and Great Lakes Literacy [Fortner], Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie, June 13-19; Teaching with Google Earth and Google Ocean [Fortner & Hart], Stone Lab, June 20-26. Read the Winter 2010 online newsletter.

Bobbing and bowling podcast image
COSEE-Networked Ocean Worlds COSEE-NOW has produced a CD containing the first 26 episodes of the Ocean Gazing podcast, along with a bundle of associated lesson plans for upper elementary, middle school, high school, and early college students. The CD will be available (free!) at the COSEE booth at Ocean Sciences, NSTA and NMEA.

COSEE-Alaska Visit SEANET for blog posts, resources, and more.

COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico The latest COSEE-CGOM newsletter is now available online.

Workshop presenter
COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities recently presented a very successful workshop on Addressing Broader Impact Requirements for Research Proposals. Dr. Bruce Alberts, current editor of the journal Science and former president of the National Academy of Sciences, presented Redefining Science Education and the Roles That Scientists Play in Society.

The following day, over 150 participants took part in sessions that included how to leverage yourself, your lab group, and your research into existing outreach opportunities; how citizen science can be used for scientific gain and your education and outreach requirements; strategies for promoting diverse participation in the sciences; and more.

Phoebe deployment
COSEE-Pacific Partnerships is sponsoring a special session at the 2010 Oregon Academy of Science annual meeting on Saturday, February 27 at Concordia University in Portland, OR. Katie Rathmell, a scientist with the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP), will discuss CMOP's use of Phoebe, an autonomous underwater glider that collects data in the Columbia estuary and coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest.

The session will look at what data are collected and how they can be used in education, and will cover information on career paths that students interested in this type of science might follow. Read more about the session.

 COSEE-OS workshop participants
COSEE-Ocean Systems just completed its first-ever workshop to investigate climate, ocean, and biosphere connections by teaming graduate students with prominent researchers. Watch for a report coming soon!
 COSEE Network Calendar
For the up-to-the-minute list of upcoming COSEE events, visit the Events page.
 COSEE at Conferences
COSEE conference poster
New Poster Page on There is a new page on devoted to COSEE posters featured at national conferences. If your Center would like your posters included please send them to Lisa Taylor.

COSEE at Ocean Sciences The COSEE Network will have an impressive showing during the upcoming Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon, February 22-26. COSEE will have a booth on the exhibition hall floor, Booth #321; please contact Liesl Hotaling if you have some time to volunteer to staff the booth. COSEE Network members are convening several oral and poster sessions. For details on the complete COSEE concurrent session proposals visit here. In addition COSEE will present a Town Hall Meeting Communicating about Ocean Science with Non-Scientists, and a workshop on Broadening Your Research Impact.

COSEE at NSTA 2010 Philadelphia COSEE will also have a significant presence at NSTA this year, offering a full day of sessions on March 20 as well as a luncheon. The COSEE exhibit booth will again be on display for the duration – please contact Liesl Hotaling if you can volunteer to staff the booth. Find session details here.

REMINDER COSEE at NSTA 2011 Share your good ideas - submit a session proposal for NSTA's 2011 national conference in San Francisco, March 10–13, 2011. The deadline is April 15, 2010. The strands for the 2011 conference are: Embracing Technology in the 21st Century Classroom; Accessing Language Through Science and Mathematics Content; Exploring Earth, Wind and Fire; Building Scientific Minds: Inspiring Teaching and Effective Learning.
White House Releases Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 Report The National Science Board recently released its Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 report. The detailed report presents information about elementary and secondary science and math education, the science and engineering labor force, and public attitudes and understanding about science and technology. Read the report.

National Lab Day President Obama announced National Lab Day (NLD) in November as part of the Administration’s Educate to Innovate campaign. More than 6.5 million professionals from 200 STEM organizations are being asked to join NLD, which is tentatively set for May 2010. Scientists can register online to be matched with projects that need their help. Find out more about NLD.
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)