September 2011
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 4 No. 9 | September 2011 
Focus On...COSEE Great Lakes Subscribe
Network Topics
COSEE Online
Working Group Updates
COSEE at Conferences
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE Great Lakes
COSEE GL participants at the end of their shipboard research workshop, July 2011

COSEE Great Lakes is the September Center of the Month. Find out what’s new here!
 Network Topics
 Vera Shi
Wei "Vera" Shi
COSEE China Visitor Wei "Vera" Shi, representing COSEE China from Xiamen University in Xiamen, China, had a successful and productive visit to several COSEE Centers during August. She enjoyed experiencing COSEE activities first-hand at COSEE Ocean Systems in Maine, COSEE OCEAN and COSEE NOW in Massachusetts, and COSEE TEK in Connecticut. Watch for a full report and video interview with Vera coming soon!
 COSEE Online
Facebook The COSEE Network now has a Facebook page!

Theme Pages The Theme Pages on organize the ever-growing collection of resources produced by the COSEE Network, and has recently been updated. Check out the Theme Pages here.
 Working Group Updates
Strategic Planning Working Group Billy Spitzer is leading the Strategic Planning Working Group in developing the 2012 Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the National COSEE Network. This work will occur via a series of 4 or 5 conference calls during September and October in preparation for presenting the 2012 AOP for discussion approval at the November NCC/NAC meeting. Notes and documents will be available on the COSEE File Manager in the folder marked COSEE Strategic Business Plan WG. Please contact Billy if you have any questions.

Hurricane Irene 
Forecasting Hurricane Irene saw Dr. Isaac Ginis’s research in action. Photo: NASA
Scientist Engagement Working Group The case study for Dr. Adina Paytan (University of California, COSEE California) has been approved and is posted on the COSEE Scientists Making an Impact website. The case study for Dr. Peggy Fong (University of California, COSEE West) is complete and is in the approval process, and the case study for Dr. Isaac Ginis (University of Rhode Island), COSEE National Office) is nearing completion. Work has begun on the case study for Dr. Michael Castellini (University of Alaska, COSEE Alaska). Please contact SEW-G Chair Jessie Kastler with questions, suggestions and comments (228-872--4269).

Screenshot of the COSEE Ocean Systems home page
Web Working Group The WWG, with Raytheon Web Solutions, is currently developing functionality to permit blog commenting, while continuing to refine CMS capabilities to allow video and photo gallery presentations. Please check out our event, news, and resource sharing functions - all Centers, including those not on the CMS - can post these items to, which helps us expand our reach (contact Lisa Taylor for help with this). For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.

ENTS Sub-Group ENTs has been reviewing several new tools for inclusion in the Online Tools Guidebook as well as best practices for email marketing, and is developing the next Network webinar. For more information, contact one of the ENTs co-chairs Catherine Cramer and Carla Companion.
 COSEE at Conferences
2012 SACNAS National Conference, San Jose, CA, October 27-30, 2011 The COSEE NCO will host a booth in the exhibit area and helped to coordinate the first Ocean Sciences “street” in the exhibit area, organizing several ocean sciences-focused organizations into one area to highlight the growing presence of the field within the community.

The COSEE NCO is involved with hosting two sessions, a Scientific Symposium: Empowering Innovation and Synergy through Diversity in Marine Science and Conservation, and a Professional Development Session: Diversity in Ocean Sciences Empowering Innovation.

COSEE staff also will host an Ocean Sciences table during the Meet the Scientist session. The Meet the Scientist session is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to sit down in a casual setting to ask practicing professionals about their field and what it takes to establish a career in the field.

2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, February 20-24, 2012 The COSEE Network is planning a large presence during the upcoming Ocean Sciences Meeting. The NCO will host a booth in the exhibit area and several Centers are planning to host activities.

COSEE-convened Sessions
  • COSEE: Using Evaluation to Measure the Impacts of Education/Outreach; Patricia Kwon (COSEE West), Andrea Anderson (COSEE OLC), Diana Payne (COSEE TEK), Shawn Rowe (COSEE PP)
  • Using Data from Autonomous Vehicles and Drifters to Support Education and Outreach; Janice McDonnell, Jim Yoder (COSEENOW)
  • Science Communication Courses: Giving the Next Generation of Scientists a Voice; Craig Strang, Eric Simms (COSEE CA), Janice McDonnell (COSEE NOW)
  • International Education and Outreach Activities; Adrienne Sponberg, Bob Chen, (COSEE OCEAN), Melissa Ryan (COSEE TEK)
  • Improved Broader Impacts = Enhanced Scientific Impacts; Gail Scowcroft (COSEE NCO), Liesl Hotaling (COSEE NOW, NCO)
If you are interested in submitting a proposal to a COSEE convened session, please contact the session conveners and note abstracts are due October 7, 2011. Submissions here.

Other activities in planning stages are a series of luncheons, a pre-conference workshop for early career scientists, and a Meet the Scientists session in which COSEE staff will meet with interested scientists to discuss personalized broader impact plans.

2012 National Science Teachers Association Nation Conference, Indianapolis, IN March 29 – April 1, 2012
  • Strand One: Mapping Our Way to Success Through the New Core Standards
  • Strand Two: Pathways to a Sustainable Planet
  • Strand Three: Merging Inquiry, Creativity, and Innovation Through STEM
  • Strand Four: Traveling New Instructional Roads Through Technology
Although NSTA has not completed the selection process, the COSEE Network submitted 10 proposals for concurrent sessions and one proposal for a short course. Determination of sessions should be complete Fall 2011.

USA Science and Engineering Festival logo
USA Science and Engineering Festival, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C, April 28-29, 2012 Don’t miss COSEE at the largest celebration of science in the US! Explore science & engineering with 1500 free, hands-on activities and over 75 stage shows and author presentations. The two-day Expo is perfect for teens, children and their families, and anyone with a curious mind who is looking for a weekend of fun and discovery. USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo.

2013 National Science Teachers Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 11 – 14, 2013
  • Strand 1: Next Generation Assessments: Effectively Measuring Student Learning
  • Strand 2: Next Generation Elementary Science: Building the Foundation
  • Strand 3: Next Generation Special Populations: Improving Science Instruction to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • Strand 4: Next Generation Technology: Putting the “T” in STEM
Proposals are due April 15, 2012. More information here.
 Center News
COSEE Florida produced six Flash slideshows that are available on YouTube and TeacherTube as well as Google Earth; all accessible from this page as part of the Research Experience for Pre-Service Educators. COSEE Florida also recently hosted an Educator Workshop in Jacksonville. Coming up: a Presentation Boot Camp in September and a Science Cafe in October.

COSEE Great Lakes For the third year in a row, landlocked Marshfield High School won first place in the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB), thanks to support from Wisconsin Sea Grant and COSEE Great Lakes Co-PI Jim Lubner. First prize for the winning team was a week-long trip to Puerto Rico in July. [More].

COSEE OCEAN The New York Hall of Science has organized an Inquiry Group (IG) to support COSEE OCEAN, modeled after the Inquiry Groups developed by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). This inquiry group will meet electronically during years Two and Three of COSEE OCEAN, with an in-person meeting in year Three. It will issue and disseminate its report through multiple channels during the third year of COSEE OCEAN.

Ten ocean science educators and informal science leaders will serve on the COSEE OCEAN IG. The IG will review COSEE OCEAN-identified education materials and other resources, examine current dissemination activities by COSEE Centers across the nation, and recommend ways to improve dissemination to the informal science education field. The goal of COSEE OCEAN and the IG is to explore the opportunities and barriers to producing an ocean literate society, one that is able to participate in informed decision-making on ocean policy. Members of the group are:
  • Lisa Craig Brisson, Consultant
  • Paul Boyle, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Vince Breslin, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Johnny Frasier, Institute for Learning Innovation (formerly with the Wildlife Conservation Society)
  • Alan Friedman, New York Hall of Science/Consultant
  • Katie Gardner, Liberty Science Center
  • Sarah Schoedinger, NOAA
  • Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Steve Uzzo, New York Hall of Science
  • Steve Yalowitz, Institute for Learning Innovation (formerly with the Monterey Bay Aquarium)
For more information contact Alan Friedman.

COSEE Ocean Systems The Many Learning Pathways in the Ocean Sciences (MLPiOS) Webinar Series is set to resume in mid to late October featuring speakers on mentoring underrepresented students, increasing diversity participation in education programs and other topics relating to diversity in ocean science. Dates and details are TBD and will be posted on the COSEE-OS website.

 Jan Hodder
Jan Hodder
COSEE Pacific Partnerships PI Jan Hodder will present about COSEE at the September meetings of the National Association of Marine Laboratories and the Western Association of Marine Laboratories. The presentations will provide an overview of the COSEE Network, its mission and impact, and will focus on how marine laboratories can benefit from involvement with COSEE. Jan will highlight what COSEE is currently doing at marine labs, provide information on relevant COSEE products and program models, and suggest ways in which marine labs might become more involved in future COSEE activities.

On November 10, COSEE PP staff Shawn Rowe, Jude Apple, and Coral Gehrke will run a concept mapping workshop for graduate students attending the Western Society of Naturalists Meeting in Vancouver, WA. The workshop will introduce participants to techniques and online tools for identifying and communicating the big ideas behind their work in ways that make it relevant and interesting without over simplifying it. Participants will identify audiences with whom they would like to communicate their work, map out key components of their work, and develop strategies for communicating with their maps.
 COSEE Network Calendar
For the up-to-the-minute list of upcoming COSEE events, visit the Events page.
Alaska Marine Sciences Symposium The 2012 Alaska Marine Science Symposium is now accepting registrations and abstract submissions. The conference will be held January 16-20, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska. Abstracts need to be submitted no later than October 3, 2011. [More] For more information, contact:Crystal Benson-Carlough, Chair, Alaska Marine Science Symposium Organizing Committee.

Underwater Intervention The Marine Technology Society's (MTS) ROV Committee is a co-organizer of this year’s annual Underwater Intervention (UI) conference and exhibition, taking place January 24-26, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. COSEE Network members should consider submitting a technical paper for consideration in this year's Education and Academia track. For more information and to submit, visit online. Contact Jill Zande with any questions.

Office of Naval Research STEM Initiative The Office of Naval Research (ONR) announces a STEM Initiative for K-12 and higher education, with an invitation for proposals in support of the Office of Naval Research’s mission of scientific outreach and education, in working to develop the next generation of scientists capable of providing support to the continued development of critical technologies in support of the Department of Defense. Amount: $200,000/year for 3 years. Date due: September 30, 2011. For more information, click here.

NSF Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers Research Initiation Grants in an effort to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the ocean sciences. Research Initiation Grants provide start-up funding for researchers who have been recently appointed to tenure track (or equivalent) positions, with the twin goals of enhancing the development of their research careers and broadening the participation of under-represented groups in ocean sciences. In this solicitation, the term “underrepresented groups” will refer to and include the following: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders. Details here.

OOI Streams Live Underwater Volcano Video National Science Foundation's (NSF) Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is surveying the site of a recent volcanic eruption off the Oregon coast and streaming live video of the volcano. A team of University of Washington (UW) scientists and engineers on an OOI expedition very near the eruption, aboard the research vessel Thomas G. Thompson, is conducting site surveys for the deployment of a sensor infrastructure that's part of OOI. Surveying this site is just one example of the ways in which OOI will revolutionize the way oceanography is conducted. UW oceanographers John Delaney and Deborah Kelley are leading the expedition, known as VISIONS '11. For more information visit here.

Grad Students Benefit From Teaching Experience "Graduate Students' Teaching Experiences Improve Their Methodological Research Skills," is a report published in the August 19 issue of Science. According to the report, graduate students in the sciences who both teach and conduct research show greater improvement in their research skills than do those who focus exclusively on laboratory work. [More].

ITEST Webinar The ITEST National STEM Learning Exchange, in partnership with ITEST PIs and STEM professionals who work with ITEST projects, hosts a quarterly public webinar series designed to provide guidance counselors and educators with resources and strategies to increase student awareness of STEM career opportunities. The series features STEM professionals speaking about their fields of expertise, how they became interested in this career, and how their work contributes positively to society. The session will include recommendations for transferring these learnings to increase students’ engagement and motivation in STEM learning. EVENT #2: Bioscience Careers: hosted by Jeanne Chowning, Principal Investigator, Bio-ITEST project and guest scientists. Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – 3:00 – 4:00 ET. For more information visit STEM Careers Quarterly Webinar Series.
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 COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
COSEE Alaska (Robin Dublin, COSEE Alaska)
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 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)