January 2012
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COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On...COSEE West

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 National COSEE Office
Plans are underway for the National COSEE Network meeting to be held in San Diego in May 2012. The annual Evaluators Workshop and Best Practices Work Session will be held at the University of Rhode Island September 10-14 2012. The Best Practices Work Session will focus on broadening participation and diversity issues in ocean sciences with a subtopic of broadening participation through informal science education. Sue Cook of COSEE Florida will be leading a steering committee that will develop the agenda for the work session and prepare a paper based on the results.
 Network Topics
Volunteers Needed at Ocean Sciences COSEE OCEAN, in partnership with the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and the National COSEE Office (NCO) are seeking volunteers to help with a pilot project taking place at the Ocean Sciences 2012 meeting in Salt Lake City, February 20-24. After years of having our workshops overlap in the few hour-long slots available for outreach activities at national conferences, we are taking a new approach to interacting with ocean scientists. COSEE and ASLO, a partner in the OS meeting, will be hosting an outreach-consulting booth in the Exhibit Hall for the duration of the conference. Attendance at the 2012 meeting will be high, with over 4,000 abstracts submitted. This new approach will provide more opportunities for EPO professionals to interact with ocean scientists who are interested in starting or expanding their individual education and outreach activities.

ASLO and COSEE have arranged to have three adjacent exhibit spaces for this activity. Our plan is to have a triage desk, where researchers can begin a conversation with EPO professionals. The EPO professionals will work with the researcher to brainstorm ways they can expand their broader impacts and will help direct the researcher to resources (people, websites, etc.) they can consult with to get on the path to more effective EPO for their research. We will also have space for some demonstrations of hands-on activities, many of which will be featured in the "Best of COSEE" CD to be distributed to attendees at the registration desk.

As this is a new project, it is hard to tell how well-attended the booth will be, but when the idea was presented to the ASLO Board, there was a lot of enthusiasm around the table. If successful, it is very likely that this event will become a regular offering at ASLO conferences.

But to be a success, we need volunteers! We want to be sure that we have consistent coverage in the exhibit space. If you are planning on attending the meeting and are interested in spending a few hours at the booth interacting with researchers (and maybe finding some new partners!) or conducting demonstrations, please contact Adrienne Sponberg (COSEE OCEAN) or Liesl Hotaling.
 Working Group Updates
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Scientist Engagement Working Group The case study for Dr. Isaac Ginis (University of Rhode Island, National COSEE Office) has been posted to the SEWG website. The work on the case study for Dr. Crystal Johnson (Louisiana State University, COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico) is complete and pending approval. Work is almost complete on the case studies for Dr. Michael Castellini (University of Alaska, COSEE Alaska) and Dr. Jude Apple (Western Washington University, COSEE Pacific Partnerships). Work is underway on the final two cases studies, for Dr. Joel Hoffman (Environmental Protection Agency, COSEE Great Lakes) and Dr. Mary Jane Perry (University of Maine, COSEE Ocean Systems). Please contact SEW-G Chair Jessie Kastler with questions, suggestions and comments (228-872--4269).

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Web Working Group The WWG continues to work with Raytheon Web Solutions on the implementation of automated photo and video galleries to the CMS. For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.

ENTS Sub-Group In lieu of our regular meeting ENTs members attended a free webinar offered by NASA on Technology Tools that Enhance Collaboration: Solutions from Climate Change Education Initiatives. Tools covered include, Google Sites, Mobile Apps, and Drupal. For more information, contact one of the ENTs co-chairs Catherine Cramer and Carla Companion.
 COSEE at Conferences
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.

Professional Development for Early Career Scientists
Sunday, February 19, 2012
8:00 – 5:00
Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

COSEE/ASLOMP Young Investigator Luncheon
Monday, February 19, 2012
12:30 – 13:30

COSEE Ladder of Scientific Success Luncheon Series
Monday, February 19, 2012 – Deconstructing
Tuesday, February 20, 2012 – Understand
Wednesday, February 21, 2012 - Build
Thursday, February 22, 2012 - Broaden

COSEE-convened Sessions
COSEE: Using Evaluation to Measure the Impacts of Education/Outreach
Monday, February 20, 2012
Oral Session 10:30 – 12:30
Poster Session 5:00 – 7:00

Improved Broader Impacts = Enhanced Scientific Impacts
Monday, February 20, 2012
Oral Session 2:00 – 4:00, Ballroom F
Poster Session 5:00 – 7:00

International Education and Outreach Activities
Monday, February 20, 2012
Poster Session 1:00 – 7:00

Using data from autonomous vehicles and drifters to support education and outreach
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Oral Session Morning
Poster Session 5:00 – 7:00

COSEE/ASLO Exhibit Hall Booth
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! ASLO and COSEE have arranged three contiguous exhibit spaces. Our plan is to have a triage desk where researchers can begin a conversation with EPO professionals. The EPO professionals will work with the researcher to brainstorm ways they can expand their broader impact statements and activities and direct the researcher to resources (people, websites, etc.) they can consult. We believe this will be a great way to connect researchers who are not at a COSEE-affiliated institution to learn what COSEE has to offer. We will also have space for some demos of hands-on activities.

New COSEE Products for Dissemination
"Best of COSEE" featuring Hands-on activities collected from the COSEE Network on CD for distribution to all attendees at the registration desk and from the COSEE/ASLO Booth

"Ocean Gazing" featuring 52 episodes of the Ocean Gazing podcast series with accompanying classroom lesson plans and activities for distribution at the COSEE/ASLO Booth

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 shortly.

National Marine Educators Association Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, June 24-28, 2012 The Call for Proposals for the 2012 National Marine Educators Conference, North to Alaska's Seas: a confluence of science and culture, is now open until February 17, 2012. The conference, which will take place in Anchorage, Alaska, during June 24-28, 2012, will bring together formal and informal educators, scientists, students, and resource managers to share ideas about the world of water. Conference sponsors this year are the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) and COSEE Alaska. Conference themes include Science and Art, Science and Culture (to include the integration of traditional knowledge and western science), Science and Technology, and Large Marine Ecosystem Science and Education. Click here for conference information or to download the Call for Proposals.

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. Follow this link to submit a proposal.
 Center News
COSEE Alaska COSEE Alaska is in full-swing, planning for the 2012 Ocean Science Fair season, focusing on Yup'ik communities in coastal Alaska. In January, science curriculum specials and teachers from the Lower Kuskokwim School District, Lower Yukon School District and the Kuspuk School District will come together in Anchorage in preparation for regional ocean science fairs, leading up to the state fair in late March. Alaska's ocean science fairs are unique because student projects are judged by scientists on scientific merit combined with judging from elders and other community members on local/Native knowledge and content. This winning combination blends the two worlds of Alaska's rural and Native youth in one student-defined, real-world project.

COSEE Alaska PI Ray Barnhardt and Ocean Science Fair Coordinator Sean Topkok have finalized the finishing touches for the 2012 handbook, "Alaska Science Camps, Fairs & Experiments" and a new publication, "Alaska Native Science Guide" by Dolly Garza, which will be included in the January ocean science fair training, is at press. Click here to view and order these and for a whole cadre of other remarkable publications and CD's that address the integration of traditional Native knowledge with western science.

COSEE Alaska will evaluate scientists, students and teachers this year to determine the impact of Ocean Science Fair participation. That evaluation project will be completed in late spring 2012 along with a document designed to disseminate lessons learned for other COSEE Centers and organizations interested in taking this model to a broader audience.

COSEE Alaska presents the Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop on January 16, Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage during the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. Randy Olson will lead a two-hour session on communicating through story. The second section of the workshop will be dedicated to practical applications of effective storytelling to bring science to broader audiences.

COSEE NOW will be hosting the 3rd annual Rutgers Ocean Days for MARE educators on April 2-3. More here.

COSEE OCEAN The Ocean Literacy Inquiry Group has been gathering Ocean Literacy resources in preparation for producing a report that will be useful for the entire national COSEE effort. Included will be "What's Out There in Ocean Science Literacy", a catalog of activities in ocean science literacy programs in K-12 and ISE.

Co-PI Stephen Uzzo will present a poster titled Ripple Effects: Small-Scale Investigations Into the Sustainability of Ocean Science Education Networks at the CompleNet 2012 conference.

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COSEE Ocean Learning Communities On January 23, COSEE OLC, in partnership with Washington Sea Grant, will be hosting the first in a series of six afternoon at the University of Washington on “Tools and techniques for reaching audiences and broadening the impact of your research”. The series is intended for environmental science faculty, staff, post docs and graduate students. Click here (PDF, 1.35 MB) for more information.

COSEE Ocean Systems COSEE-OS will host a workshop on January 20 for University of Maine graduate students as part of OS's graduate student and school district collaborations. The workshop will (1) familiarize University of Maine graduate students with hands-on oceanography activities for presentation in a classroom setting, (2) introduce the COSEE-OS Concept Map Builder software so that they may create concept maps for classroom presentations, (3) provide the opportunity to create a concept map based on their own scientific studies and practice presenting their research to fellow graduate students, (4) disseminate tips about teaching in a classroom setting, (5) present a list of teacher expectations with respect to student presentations, and (6) gather information about UMaine students (e.g., science expertise, classroom activities that they are willing to present, etc.) to provide to teachers in preparation for partnership match-ups. See our website for more information on our graduate student and school district collaborations.

COSEE Pacific Partnerships COSEE Pacific Partnerships and the COSIA Educators Network are sponsoring a COSIA Instructors Training Workshop, January 11-13, 2012 at the McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, OR. The COSIA workshop prepares scientists and science educators who are interested in teaching the Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (COSIA) course at their institutions. Details are available on the COSEE PP website or contact Coral Gehrke for more information.

PI Jan Hodder gave a presentation on COSEE PP at the AGU meeting in December.

COSEE SouthEast has a new website!

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 COSEE Network Calendar
For the up-to-the-minute list of upcoming COSEE events, visit the Events page.
Articles for General Issues of Current The editors of Current: The Journal of Marine Education seek articles for upcoming general issues on topics related to marine education. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2012. View the guidelines. For more information contact Lisa Tooker.

Report on Federal Investment in STEM Education and Federal STEM Programs The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) interagency Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) has issued its detailed inventory of Federal agencies’ spending on STEM education (PDF). The inventory found that federal agencies are making some 252 distinct investments in STEM education for a total budgetary commitment of $3.4 billion. A five-year federal STEM education strategic plan that will “help Federal agencies contribute to improved STEM education in an effective and well-coordinated manner” is expected out in early 2012.

NSTA Releases Reader’s Guide to the Framework for K–12 Science Education A Framework for K–12 Science Education provides a broad set of learning expectations for students as they study science and engineering throughout the K–12 years. Released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July, the Framework guides the writers of the forthcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); will influence curriculum, assessment, and teacher professional development decisions for years to come; and ultimately will help inspire new generations of science and engineering professionals and scientifically literate citizens. NSTA has released a Reader’s Guide to the Framework; visit for a link to the Guide.

Google Science Fair In January 2012, Google will launch the second annual Google Science Fair. The Google Science Fair is an international competition which encourages students between the ages of 13 to 18 to be curious, ask questions, and perform science experiments to answer those questions. In partnership with CERN, National Geographic, LEGO and Scientific American, Google invites these students to post their science projects online so that they may compete for prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Interested students and teachers should visit to register to be notified when the competition opens.
EOL Google Earth Tours - Biodiversity on the Move! Atlantic Public Media and Eduardo Garcia Milagros were granted a Google Earth Developer Grant to produce "One Species at a Time: Stories of Biodiversity on the Move, with the Encyclopedia of Life", in Google Earth narrated tours. Narrated by podcast host Ari Daniel Shapiro, these tours are available as videos and Google Earth kmz files. View all of the EOL Google Earth Tours.

 Aquarius' first map of global ocean salinity
Aquarius' first map of global ocean salinity [Image: NASA/GSFC/JPL-Caltech]
Aquarius Educator Webinar Series – Online COSEE-OS will host a two-part webinar series on the Aquarius/SAC-D Satellite and the science behind what it takes to measure the salinity of the world's oceans, January 17 and 24, 2012. NASA scientists Gary Lagerloef, David Levine, and Yi Chao will discuss the complexities of getting accurate salinity measurements from space, and will share the most recent data collected by the satellite. The concept map based webinars will also provide participants with a rich collection of educational resources relating to Aquarius, salinity and technology. Details here.

The Hurricanes: Science and Society Webinar Series Hurricanes: Science and Society will host a five-part webinar series in the spring of 2012. The webinar series will provide participants with an opportunity to meet some of the country’s top hurricane scientists and introduce a range of hurricane topics, from the basics of hurricane science to advances in forecasting hurricanes to preparing for an approaching hurricane. Registration for the Hurricanes: Science and Society Webinar Series is available here.
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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)