February 2011
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 4 No. 2 | February 2011 
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Network Topics
CCO Updates
Working Group Updates
COSEE at Conferences
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
Oil Spill Announcements
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE SouthEast
COSEE SouthEast sea seekers
What's new at COSEE SouthEast? Visit the February Center of the Month and find out!
 Network Topics
COSEE and ITEST Team Up for Webinar In this webinar, Curriculum Developed in the NSF-funded ITEST and COSEE Programs, ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) Learning Resource Center and COSEE will showcase curriculum materials on topics ranging from computer game development to ocean sciences. These curricula - designed for middle/high school teachers and students and available online at no charge - encourage and support innovative STEM learning and teaching and have been adapted through collaboration with partners, educators and students across the ITEST and COSEE education programs.

Time: Wednesday, February 23, 2:00-3:00 ET
Click here to access this webinar.
Toll free: 1-888-450- --- 5996
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Participant Access Code: 424447#
 CCO Updates
Both the COSEE map image and COSEE map handout have been updated. View the map here.
 Working Group Updates
Michael Kemp 
Michael Kemp
Scientist Engagement Working Group The Scientist Engagement Working Group (SEW-G) is at different stages in the development of several case studies, with work ongoing in the cases of Dr. Scott Glenn (Rutgers, COSEE NOW); Dr. Michael Kemp (University of Maryland, COSEE Coastal Trends); and Dr. Crystal Johnson (Louisiana State University, COSEE CGOM). The production team also recently visited COSEE West and interviewed Dr. Peggy Fong. The National Network Evaluators at Inverness Research are working with the SEW-G production team to begin assessment of the impact of this project, and the SEW-G is working with the COSEE Council to identify effective means of publicizing SEW-G resources. SEW-G and the production team welcome comments about the case studies. Explore the website here. Please contact SEW-G Chair Jessie Kastler with questions, suggestions and comments (228-872--4269).

Evaluation Working Group We have now closed the second annual cross-COSEE Scientist Engagement Survey, led by the Evaluation Working Group (EWG). Fourteen centers participated in this effort and sent out invitations to approximately 900 scientists. We expect a response rate in the range of 30% to 50%. Our next step, with the help of Inverness Research, is to collate the data from all of the centers, and, through March, analyze what we have collected. The final results will be available in early April. Results from this survey will enable us to add to our NSF Decadal Review report the number of scientists working with COSEE in 2010, the types of interactions, and the benefits that scientists gain from COSEE.

We want to thank everyone in COSEE for the attention you have paid to this project. It definitely has been a COSEE-wide effort. For more information about the survey, contact Chris Parsons of COSEE NOW.

Our other EWG news is that starting in February, Patricia Kwon of COSEE West will be the chair of the EWG. I want to thank Rosanne Fortner (past EWG chair) for her stellar support while I was chair, and I invite everyone to support Patricia in her new role. I cannot thank Patricia and all EWG members enough for being part of this awesome working group. We could not have accomplished all that we did in 2009 and 2010 without you. Now on to 2011! For more information about the EWG, contact Patricia Kwon of COSEE West.

Submitted by Chris Parsons

Screenshot of the COSEE Florida home page
Web Working Group In January the WWG saw the addition of resource and blog capabilities to the About Us pages for Centers, partners, and working groups. The group also worked on adding four Centers to the CMS: Florida, OCEAN, TEK, and SouthEast. COSEE Florida is the first to publish their CMS-driven website. For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.

ENTS Sub-GroupThe Excellence in Networking Tools Sub-Group (ENTs) has sent the COSEE Network a survey on relevant topics for upcoming webinars. The results of the survey will help ENTs to choose webinar topics that reflect Network needs. If you would like to participate in the survey and did not receive a link, please contact one of the ENTs co-chairs Catherine Cramer and Carla Companion.
 COSEE at Conferences
ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting February 13 – 18, 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico. COSEE will not have an official presence at the meeting, however several members of the COSEE Network are offering workshops and convening sessions. Details here.

NSTA National Conference March 9 – 13, 2011, San Francisco, CA. The COSEE Network will be represented for the 4th year at the NSTA National Conference. COSEE will have a booth in the Exhibition Hall (#821), will convene COSEE Day at NSTA, present a full day of concurrent sessions, and will sponsor a luncheon for teachers featuring Dr. David Hollander of University of South Florida, who will speak about the Deepwater Horizon event and residual environmental impact. Details here.
A Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization, commissioned by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and prepared with the assistance of the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), is now available. The Summary considers the practicalities, opportunities and threats associated with large-scale ocean fertilization. To request a print copy contact Kathy Tedesco or Emily Breviere.

Google Global Science Fair Google has partnered with NASA, CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American, and LEGO to create a STEM competition that is open to students age 13–18 around the world. The deadline for entry is April 4, 2011.
 Center News
COSEE Florida announces the launch of their new website. Upcoming events include a Presentation Boot Camp for Ocean Scientists and a lecture and workshop for educators, featuring Dr. Edie Widder.

COSEE Great Lakes The Great Lakes Literacy website was selected as the Great Lakes Information Network's Site of the Month. Launched this past fall, the website links teaching resources with each of the eight newly created Great Lakes Literacy Principles.

COSEE OCEAN PI Bob Chen facilitated a Special Interest Group on Ocean and Environmental Education at last month’s MSP Learning Network Conference in Washington DC. COSEE OCEAN will be presenting an all-day workshop at the ASLO meeting, Using Network Science for Collaboration. The new COSEE OCEAN website is currently under construction, as is a Facebook page for Graduate students for Ocean Education (GrOE), an online network to support graduate students.

COSEE Ocean Learning Communities just presented Connecting Scientists, Educators and Citizens to Address Environmental Challenges, at Seattle Aquarium. It included a community reception to connect with outreach organizations, scientists, volunteers, educators and citizens concerned with marine environmental issues, and keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Graumlich, Dean of UW College of the Environment. The next day local high school students presented SoundCitizen’s curriculum projects about science, community and action to protect Puget Sound, hosted by SoundCitizen and OACIS GK-12.

Rick Wahle
Rick Wahle
COSEE Ocean Systems will launch its second Research-Based Online Learning Event (ROLE) Model Webinar series starting on February 16. Building on the experience OS gained with the first series, the new speakers will include topics highly relevant to science educators - including UMaine Scientist Dr. Rick Wahle (Feb. 16) talking about ecosystems, fisheries and human impacts on lobsters in the Gulf of Maine; University of Southern Mississippi scientists Karen Orcutt and Kjell Gundersen (March 23) who will give a picture of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster 9 months later; and David Fields (April 13) from the Bigelow Laboratory of Ocean Sciences who will discuss the ways in which zooplankton behavior is affected by their environment. For more information on how to sign up for these webinars, or to watch previous webinars by COSEE-OS, visit here.

COSEE-OS is named on two successful National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) mini-grants with its Center partners at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Gardiner Area High School.

Remotely operated vehicle
Remotely operated vehicle Photo: NURTEC
COSEE TEK highlights the role of technology in ocean sciences. Find out more on their About Us page.

COSEE TEK is developing a Broader Impacts Network (BIN), which will utilize a database of programs and activities that scientists are using to spread their research messages to a broader audience. These may include teacher research experiences, virtual field experiences, the development of online and onsite courses and workshops, and others. The goal of the BIN is to provide ideas and potential collaborators to researchers looking for outreach avenues for their own work and their own proposals. Input from the COSEE Network is now being collected on broader impact methods/activities that focus on ocean technologies (underwater vehicles, buoys, sensors, etc.) to be included in the online BIN. The structure of the database is being developed and your input is welcome. Contact Melissa Ryan.
 COSEE Network Calendar
For the up-to-the-minute list of upcoming COSEE events, visit the Events page.
White House Volunteer Program for Students The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has a student volunteer program that offers undergraduate and graduate students unique opportunities to learn how science informs policies across a vast array of federal agencies and how science policy shapes the development of our Nation’s scientific enterprise. More information is available here.

Current Seeking Articles The editors of Current: The Journal of Marine Education are seeking articles for upcoming general issues. The Journal hopes to review and publish articles on topics related to marine education. Sought are original manuscripts that describe research, lessons, resources, or strategies for teaching marine and aquatic lessons to a variety of audiences. Contact Lisa Tooker for details.

NOAA Online Workshop How Do We Explore? An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels in partnership with the College of Exploration is running through February 11, 2011. Topics include searching for anomalies, selecting sites for exploration, communication tools, telepresence technology, mapping techniques, water column study and operating remotely-operated vehicles. This course contains inquiry-based lessons for all grade-levels, and facilitated online reflective conversations about how we approach the study of our largely unexplored ocean. Participants include formal and informal educators, ocean explorers, scientists, and other interested members of the public. There will be opportunities to engage with ocean explorers and other participants. The How Do We Explore? lessons, a wealth of other supporting resources, and optional graduate extension credit will be provided. The workshop is free for all participants and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Registration is open.
 Oil Spill Resources
NOAA Deepwater Horizon Library NOAA offers this web archive of the maps, wildlife reports, scientific reports and other previously released public information used by emergency responders, fishermen, mariners, and local officials during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The archive also contains image and video galleries, fact sheets and publications, press releases and transcripts, educational resources, and more.

Teaching About the Gulf Oil Spill Webinar Registered EE Week 2011 participants are invited to participate in Teaching about the Gulf Oil Spill, an interactive educator webinar, February 23, 2011. The webinar will provide information on the timeline and effects of the spill and address questions about the spill and its long-term consequences. Participants will also learn about the National Wildlife Federation's Oil Spill educational materials, service projects, and how teachers and students can get involved. Visit here for more information.
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, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)
COSEE Coastal Trends (Laura Murray, U of Maryland Center for Environmental Science)
COSEE Florida (Edwin Massey, Indian River State College)
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 (Bob Chen, University of Massachusetts)
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 TEK (Ivar Babb, University of Connecticut)
COSEE West (Linda Duguay, University of Southern California)