October 2010
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 3 No. 10 | October 2010 
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Network Topics
Working Group Updates
COSEE at Conferences
Ocean Hall Update
Resources on Gulf Oil Spill
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE Coastal Trends
COSEE Coastal Trends Co-PI Deidre Gibson demonstrates plankton collection to Institute participants
What's new at COSEE Coastal Trends? Visit the October Center of the Month and find out!
 Network Topics
Annual Operating Plan
from Billy Spitzer

As part of the Strategic Business Plan that we developed and approved last year, we agreed that we would use this multi-year plan to develop an Annual Operating Plan (AOP) to guide our work each year. We developed an AOP for 2010, and it is now time to develop one for 2011. The schedule calls for us to do this work during September-October, in preparation for presenting the 2011 AOP for discussion and approval at the November NCC/NAC meeting.

Billy Spitzer is leading this process with a small working group of Council and NAC members, via a series of conference calls with some follow up work in between, in order to:
  • Review the mission, vision and goals of the COSE Strategic Business Plan
  • Assess where we are on track, behind, or off-course with the 2010 Annual Operating Plan
  • Consider how we may need to adjust the 2011 plan, given our progress and current circumstances (e.g., Decadal Review, Center funding status, NAC and NSF feedback, etc.)
  • Think about how we will need to incorporate Decadal Review findings, outcomes of the Community Meeting, etc. into our future planning
Please contact Billy with any questions.

COSEE and IOOS There are eleven Regional Ocean Observing Systems around the country, and several COSEE Centers have formed successful collaborations with their Regional OOS. This month read about the variety of ways that East Coast COSEE Centers have found to interact with these partners. [more]

Community Meeting The COSEE Network is hosting a Community Meeting to Envision the Next Decade, November 3-4, 2010, Washington, DC. Visit online for the meeting announcement.
 Working Group Updates
Rick Keil
Scientist Engagement Working Group The Scientist Engagement Working Group (SEW-G) is nearly finished with Dr. Rick Keil’s case study (COSEE OLC, University of Washington) and is beginning work on the case study of Dr. Scott Glenn (COSEE NOW, Rutgers University). The production team has an October visit scheduled with Dr. Adina Paytan (COSEE California, University of California, Santa Cruz). For updates, read the SEW-G blog on Questions and comments about SEW-G and the case study project are welcome. Contact SEW-G Chair Jessie Kastler.

ENTS Sub-Group The Excellence in Networking Tools Sub-Group (ENTs) is developing Network-wide training webinars. A webinar focusing on blogs was held September 16, covering what a blog is, how COSEE uses blogs, and the new blog functionality on Representatives from several Centers made presentations on a variety of blog uses, and, according to post-webinar survey results, the content was well-received by the webinar participants. Watch for a Network-wide survey on future webinar topics, coming soon. The first ENTs-led webinar (demonstrating online presentation tools) is archived and available on the ENTs Online Tools Guidebook. Make sure to also check the Online Tools Guidebook for new entries, as ENTs continues to add new material. Submissions for the Tools That Work collection are also welcome. For more information contact ENTs co-chairs Catherine Cramer and Carla Companion.

Screenshot of the COSEE Coastal Trends home page
Web Working Group This month the WWG welcomed new members Mike McKee, Ivar Babb, and Giancarlo Cetrulo, and spent some time working out the procedures for adding new Centers to the CMS. Also discussed: archiving historic Center websites. For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.
 COSEE at Conferences
SACNAS (Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2010, Anaheim, CA) The COSEE Network had a strong presence at the SACNAS (Society for Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) Conference. COSEE co-hosted a science session and a professional development session, and occupied a booth on the exhibit floor with a prime location next to other NSF-funded networks. Read the full report here.

AGU Fall Meeting 2010 (December 13 – 17, 2010, San Francisco, CA) If you are attending the AGU Fall Meeting, please consider attending the COSEE themed sessions.

ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting (February 13 – 18, 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico) COSEE is participating in two sessions:
  • S26: Improved Broader Impacts = Enhanced Scientific Impact (for professional scientist efforts)
  • S54: Student Engagement in Education and Public Outreach (for undergraduate/graduate student efforts)
Click here for session descriptions.
 Ocean Hall Update
Smithsonian/COSEE Lecture Series On October 7, in the second installment of the Smithsonian/COSEE ocean science lecture series, Changing Tides, Dr. Isaac Ginis, professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, discussed how we observe, model and forecast hurricanes around the world. Changing Tides is an ongoing series of public talks by top ocean scientists about current research and how it is helping to change the tide in ocean science and conservation. The series is co-sponsored by COSEE.
 Resources on Gulf Oil Spill
NSF Science Nation Video and other resources.

Online Course NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the College of Exploration offer a Deep Sea Ecosystems - Gulf of Mexico course October 11-29, 2010. This course is free and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More information here.
 Center News
COSEE Alaska is partnering with COSEE California to sponsor two opportunities to learn about becoming an instructor or partner in the Communicating Ocean Sciences courses: a brown bag seminar to introduce faculty members and other educators to Communicating Ocean Sciences, and a two-day Communicating Ocean Sciences workshop.

COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico Information on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is now available on the CGOM website. In addition, a team from COSEE CGOM is working with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to produce three hour-long broadcasts and a website in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

COSEE Coastal Trends Check out the Scientist-Educator Partnership Team blog.

COSEE Networked Ocean World On September 20, members of COSEE NOW hosted a seminar on enhancing broader impact statements for the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. The program was well attended by post-docs and graduate students interested in participating in education programming offered by COSEE NOW and attending professional development to improve their practice. Read COSEE NOW’s new monthly e-newsletter.

GL Literacy brochure
COSEE Great Lakes recently held a Great Lakes Education Summit. Read a full description here. Visit the Great Lakes Literacy website, co-sponsored by COSEE GL. COSEE GL also recently participated in the North American Association for Environmental Education meeting in Buffalo, NY. This meeting attracted over 1200 individuals representing 14 countries, and COSEE GL was a key player. The following presentations were offered:
  • Great Lakes Literacy: Linking teachers to the regional environment [Rosanne Fortner and Helen Domske represented staff, with Lyndsey Manzo, teacher and COSEE Advisor, and William J. Edwards, scientist from Niagara University]
  • From Shipboard to Shoreline to Classroom [Nancy Bires, PA teacher and 2006 participant]
  • Partnerships in Conservation Education [Helen Domske, Michael Goehle (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service), Lauren Makeyenko (informal educator)]
  • Extending Learning into the Community: Three Models for Civic Action [Robin Goettel and Terri Hallesy, COSEE GL staff]
COSEE New England The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) announces its bi-annual Ocean Literacy Summit, which will take place November 11-13 at the University of New Hampshire. Details and registration available here. In addition, check out the NEwswave blog, updated daily with information about ocean science education in New England.

COSEE Ocean Systems is offering ROLE Model webinars on the carbon cycle, ocean technologies, aerosols, coastal pollutants, climate change models and more. Held every other Wednesday and open to all – and FREE! Details on all upcoming webinars are available here.

COSEE Pacific Partnerships In September, COSEE-PP Co-PI Dr. Kerry Carlin Morgan ran a workshop on Engaging Scientists for Public Outreach at the 2010 International Zoo Educators Association Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. COSEE-PP graduate student Laura Dover gave a talk on Professional Development for Staff and Volunteers that Improves Interpretation at the 2010 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conference in Houston. The session on Best Practices and Trends for Creating Interpretive Guest Experiences was moderated by Kerry Carlin Morgan.

Director Dr. Jan Hodder was invited to give a talk about COSEE-PP programs that connect ocean scientists with community college faculty and students in the session Geoscience Programs at Community Colleges: Models for Success and Innovation at the 2010 Geological Society of America Conference in Denver, October 31 - November 3. COSEE-PP will offer a 3-day COSIA-based workshop for scientists, graduate students and informal education partners at Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory, October 15-17. The goals of the workshop are to help HSU offer the COSIA course and to generate new opportunities for faculty and graduate students at HSUML to work directly with regional informal education audiences.

Cold water coral species Lophelia pertusa and a handful of the deep marine species that inhabit the deep water reefs
COSEE SouthEast The newest Creature Feature focuses on Cold Water Corals.

COSEE West is offering an online workshop with the College of Exploration, Evolution in the Marine Environment, November 1-19, 2010. Check here for registration details.
 COSEE Network Calendar
For the up-to-the-minute list of upcoming COSEE events, visit the Events page.
NOSB Academic Competition and Video Contest The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic competition that provides a forum for talented students to test their knowledge of the marine sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology. The 2011 Living on the Ocean Planet Video Contest is open to ANY high school student who wishes to participate. They do not have to participate in the NOSB academic competition to submit a video for the video contest.
Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators The National Science Board recently released a new report, Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Identifying and Developing our Nation's Human Capital. [more]

Presidential Council Report on K-12 STEM Innovations The new report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) makes specific recommendations to better prepare America's K-12 students in STEM subjects. Read the eight-page executive summary of the PCAST report, Prepare and Inspire: K–12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America’s Future. Read the full report (108 pages).

Change the Equation President Obama also announced the launch of Change the Equation, a CEO-led effort to dramatically improve STEM education that will be part of the Administration’s Educate to Innovate campaign. Read the White House press release and blog on Change the Equation and learn more about Change the Equation.

Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation in STEM A new report issued from the National Academy of Sciences, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, focuses on the critical lack of minorities in STEM-related careers and offers concrete ways to address this issue. Read the press release.
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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, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)
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)