October 2011
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 4 No. 10 | October 2011 
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Network Topics
COSEE Online
Working Group Updates
COSEE at Conferences
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
Announcements and Reports
Media Resources
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE Pacific Partnerships
PRIME intern from the Northwest Indian College learns how to do a CTD cast

COSEE Pacific Partnerships is the October Center of the Month. Find out what’s new here!
 Network Topics
Network-Wide Collection of Excellent Hands-On Activities COSEE OCEAN is spearheading an effort to produce a "Best of COSEE Hands-on Activities" CD to be handed out to every registrant at the Ocean Sciences Meeting being held February 2012 in Salt Lake City. All Centers have been requested to send in their best three hands-on activities for inclusion. The goal of this CD is to put high quality, easily accessible, effective and engaging Hands-On Activities into the hands of scientists, most of whom find themselves in situations where they are teaching or presenting to students, the public, or other non-science audiences and where a Hands-On Activity would be an effective tool to communicate with and engage their audience. Once scientists try one of these activities and trust the set, they are more likely to engage in more Education and Outreach activities and seek help from COSEE. COSEE will also have a booth at the Ocean Sciences Meeting where anyone in the greater COSEE Network can demonstrate these activities and hand out the CD. For more information contact Bob Chen.
 COSEE Online
Some recent additions to the site include:

Webinars and Online Workshops To assist first-time visitors to the COSEE site, direct links were created to Centers which offer webinars and online workshops.

Themes In an effort to organize ocean education resources from the Network and other excellent providers, we kicked off the Themes section of the COSEE site with Oil Spills last year and have recently added several more. The goal is to crowd-source the Themes section of the website. If your Center already has or produces materials that fall within the thematic areas, please take a moment to post the resource. We hope to continue to add Themes in the future.

YouTube We have begun adding videos to our COSEE YouTube channel.

If you have questions or content to add to any of these pages, please contact Lisa Taylor.
 Working Group Updates
Evaluators Working Group There was an evaluators/planning meeting from September 26-28, 2011, at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, with Center evaluators, Center PIs, NCO, COSEE Council Chair, and advisors to discuss a NSF supplemental funded study on the ways in which COSEE has influenced scientists’ research and teaching activities. After a thorough discussion, the group was able to achieve a consensus on the research questions, methodology, and timeline on the scientist study.

Four evaluators from COSEE Alaska, California, Ocean Learning Communities, and West (Dave Plude, Rena Dorph, Andrea Anderson, and Patricia Kwon) will be working intensively on the scientist study. COSEE West, through the University of Southern California, received funding for this study, with Dr. Linda Duguay as PI and EWG Chair Patricia Kwon serving as lead on the scientist study. This includes review of the existing scientist survey data and case studies, selected interviews with a small number of scientists to better understand specific ways in which research and teaching has been affected, and development and pilot testing of the survey questions, prior to administration of a new scientist survey. The timeline calls to launch the scientist survey sometime in February 2012 and to have results available by August 2012.

Peggy Fong 
Peggy Fong
Scientist Engagement Working Group The case study for Dr. Peggy Fong (University of California, COSEE West) has been approved and is now posted to the COSEE Scientists Making an Impact website. The case study for Dr. Isaac Ginis (University of Rhode Island, COSEE National Office) is complete and will be posted in the near future, and work has begun on the case study for Dr. Michael Castellini (University of Alaska, COSEE Alaska). The Production Team recently visited COSEE Ocean Systems to interview Dr. Mary Jane Perry and other colleagues. Please contact SEW-G Chair Jessie Kastler with questions, suggestions and comments (228-872--4269).

Screenshot of the COSEE Pacific Partnerships home page
Web Working Group The WWG, with Raytheon Web Solutions, is working on new functionality to permit blog commenting, while continuing to develop capabilities to create photo and video galleries. For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.

ENTS Sub-Group Wondering how best to get the word out about your Center’s great activities? Looking for a new way to present data in an engaging way? ENTs is here to help! The COSEE Network is invited to join our bi-weekly ENTs calls to ask any and all questions about online tools. For more information, contact one of the ENTs co-chairs Catherine Cramer and Carla Companion.
 COSEE at Conferences
MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2011 Report At the Oceans '11/Marine Technology Society/IEEE Annual Conference in Kona, Hawaii, COSEE staff participated in two successful One-Day Teacher Professional Development Workshops on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The workshops were conducted at the Institute for Astronomy (IFA) in Hilo and at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kona.

The workshop in Kona conducted by Paula Chavis, Laura Murray and Gail Scowcroft, featured information on Pacific Coral Reefs and Climate Change and a presentation on the Discovery of Sound in the Sea program. The workshop in Hilo was conducted by Erica Moulton and Liesl Hotaling and featured three guest speakers (Bobby Bus, “Robotic and the Exploration of our Solar System”, Eric Warmbier “Electrical components for Amateur ROVs” and Drew Michel, “Marine Technology and the Ocean Workforce") and two hands-on sessions featuring ROV-in-a-Bag, in which participants assembled and operated the ROVs; and SENSE IT, in which participants constructed water quality sensors. For more information about the workshops and the OCEANS 2011 conference visit here.

2012 SACNAS National Conference, San Jose, CA, October 27-30, 2011 The COSEE NCO will host a booth in the exhibit area and help 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 (COSEE NOW)
  • 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)
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 National 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.

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. Please follow this link to submit a proposal.
 Center News
COSEE Great Lakes A Sturgeon Research Workshop for Educators was held in Onaway, Michigan, to learn about lake sturgeon research, exploring educational linkages and opportunities related to this incredible and charismatic fish. A recent article in the Minnesota Sea Grant newsletter showcased the COSEE Great Lakes cruise.

COSEE NOW We've completely redesigned our website for Ocean Gazing, the audio series that tracks the real-time swirl of creatures, chemicals and currents of our seas. The content is easier to find, the design is superb, and we've got a whole section set up for teachers called the Teacher Zone. Special thanks to Mary Choueiter and Clement Valla who redesigned and programmed the whole thing.

COSEE OCEAN The Ocean Science Sequence (OSS) is being taught across the Fourth and Fifth grades in Milton, Massachusetts – the first school district in the U.S. to adopt this curriculum. The teachers plan to complete all three units during the Fall, and a new cohort of 7-10 teachers will start in January. The COSEE OCEAN Inquiry Group has begun its regular calls, and has chosen 10 topics to investigate how Ocean Literacy is being addressed and what the needs are. The goal 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. For more information contact Alan Friedman. COSEE OCEAN recently presented a poster at the Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN 2011).

COSEE Ocean Systems The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) is partnering with COSEE-OS to identify and model broader impact best practices for effectively engaging NEOSEC member institutions and scientists to develop model ocean science programs and events. [More]

COSEE-OS and NEOSEC are presenting a free workshop, Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs, on November 4. The workshop will showcase a spectrum of broader impact programs for scientists to partner with formal and informal education programs as well as highlight best practices in partnering with these institutions based upon survey data and research. During the afternoon session, participants will engage in a professional development opportunity by Tom Wolff, Ph.D., from Tom Wolff & Associates, a nationally recognized consultant on coalition building and, the author of The Power of Collaborative Solutions. For more information about this workshop, contact Kim Frashure.

COSEE TEK COSEE TEK sponsored three Teacher Technology Experiences (TTE’s) this summer. Each was lead by researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Marine Sciences and highlighted their research program and the technologies they use to study the ocean. The TTE’s also involved research technicians and graduate and undergraduate students as part of these Technology Team efforts. Each professional development TTE also featured an overview of ocean technologies, an opportunity for formal and informal educators to present the challenges of teaching and communicating ocean sciences to the scientists, data collection and analysis, and drafting of technology-based educational resources. Pre-post concept maps and a teacher ocean technology content survey were conducted to assess teacher ocean technology content knowledge and scientists’ awareness of the challenges of implementing formal and informal ocean science broader impacts.

 Three physical oceanography technologies used for the Glide With the Tide TTE
Three physical oceanography technologies used for the Glide With the Tide TTE - a glider on deck, a CTD being deployed, and a LISICOS buoy in the background
Glide with the Tide Dr. Jim O’Donnell, a physical oceanographer, lead the first COSEE-TEK TTE that focused on several technologies used to sample the dynamic physical oceanography of the near-shore environment of Long Island Sound (LIS). The technologies used included a conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) sampler; an acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP); and an autonomous underwater glider to collect a range of data in LIS. This combination of technologies provided point (CTD), transect (glider), and time series (ADCP) data to assess the physical characteristics of coastal LIS. In addition, the Long Island Sound Integrated Coastal Observing System (LISICOS) web-based data was used as a longitudinal data set providing a longer time series of observations of several physical oceanographic parameters at several buoy locations along LIS.

Hiding in the Light Dr. Heidi Dierrsen, a biological oceanographer, lead COSEE-TEK’s second TTE, focused on a variety of technologies used to understand the optical properties of light in the ocean. Images acquired with a hyperspectral imager were compared to images obtained using conventional digital cameras. Freely downloadable image analysis software (ImageJ) was utilized to analyze images taken of different species of fish at the Mystic Aquarium to assess the effectiveness of different camouflage strategies. Lab experiments included measuring light transmission at various wavelengths and water clarity, and using polarizing filters to assess fish scales’ ability to polarize light.

 Teachers tank testing their Basic Ocean Buoys
Teachers tank testing their Basic Ocean Buoys. Vera Shi, a visitor from COSEE China, participated in the TTE and assisted with the building of the BOBs.
The Courtship of EVA and BOB Dr. Penny Vlahos and Dr. John Hamilton lead this TTE that featured teachers building a Basic Ocean Buoy (BOB) that they used to deploy Dr. Vlahos’ passive water quality sensors she has developed, which use ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) embedded with markers to sample for a number of existing pesticides and emerging contaminants (flame retardants). The BOB also was designed to accommodate biological settling plates identical to those that have been deployed by Dr. Hamilton in Long Island Sound for a decade to assess short (2-week) and longer (months) settlement patterns and dynamics. The samplers and plates were initially deployed on pilot BOBs that COSEE TEK designed based upon the original BOB developed by NOAA and COSEE Southeast. Teachers also were involved with preparation of the EVA samplers and provided an overview of the lab analysis of the EVA samplers. In addition, they also assisted with the recovery of the pilot BOBs and received an overview of how to census the settling plates for percent cover of the dominant organisms. Teachers were also provided with a Hobo temperature monitor to be deployed on their BOB to provide a long-term record of ocean surface temperature.
 COSEE Network Calendar
For the up-to-the-minute list of upcoming COSEE events, visit the Events page.
 Announcements and Reports
Invitation for Grad and Undergrad Students Undergraduate and graduate students who participate in the following NSF programs are invited to submit abstracts for the 2012 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM:
  • Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
  • Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • LSAMP-Bridges to the Doctorate
  • Research in Disabilities Education (RDE)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
This conference is cosponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the NSF Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, on February 23-25, 2012. All student poster and oral presentations will be scheduled for Friday, February, 24, 2012 or Saturday, February 25, 2012. The conference is designed to help students to enhance their science communication skills; better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce; and, to find out about summer, graduate school and employment opportunities. For complete conference information visit here.

Articles on Diversity from The Chronicle A few articles on diversity in The Chronicle were recently published:States to Lead Effort to Write New Science Standards A group of 20 states has been selected to lead an important effort to improve science education for all students. The 20 states will lead the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a state-led effort that will clearly define the content and practices all students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The NGSS process is being managed by Achieve, a non-partisan education non-profit. The Lead State Partners are Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. For more information, visit the Next Generation Science Standards website.

STEM and Economic Growth According to a recently released report issued by the National Research Council (NRC), the primary drivers of future economic growth and job creation will be innovations largely derived from advances in science and engineering. [More]
 Media Resources
Aquarius Image Released NASA's new Aquarius instrument has produced its first global map of the salinity of the ocean surface, providing an early glimpse of the mission's anticipated discoveries.

Lab Out Loud Returns to the Podwaves In Episode 65, "Framing a New Vision For Science Education,” hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler kick off their 2011–2012 season by talking science standards with Jonathan Osborne from Stanford University. As a committee member who helped draft the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards released this summer, Osborne talks about science practices, crosscutting concepts and core ideas found within the framework.

STEM Internet Radio NSF has launched Science360 Radio, the first Internet radio stream dedicated to STEM programming. Science360 Radio offers 24/7 programming, with more than 100 radio shows and podcasts produced in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The programming is made available by the producers at no cost to NSF or listeners. It's available on the Web and via iPhone and Android devices. [More]
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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)