January/February 2013
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 6 No. 1 | January/February 2013 
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National COSEE Office
COSEE Online
Sant Ocean Hall
COSEE at Conferences
Working Group Updates
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Focus On ... COSEE Alaska

COSEE Alaska is this issue's Featured Center. Find out what’s new here.
 National COSEE Office
COSEE’s newest partner is the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE). In March, COSEE partnered with C-MORE to bring a C-MORE/WHOI researcher Dr. Sonya Dyhrman to the 2012 NSTA National Conference in Indianapolis, IN as the featured COSEE Luncheon speaker. Dr. Dyhrman captivated the audience with her presentation: The Oceans and Human Health: From Australia to Antarctica the Benefits and Detriments of Marine Microbes and their Linkages to our Daily Lives. To further our collaboration, the C-MORE Education and Outreach Director, Barb Bruno, has shared a wonderful catalog of marine microbe resources with the COSEE community and they are now posted and organized into a "Theme" on the COSEE site here. The partner page for C-MORE is here.

The COSEE National Network Meeting will be held May 6-8, 2013, in Tampa, Florida and will focus on four strands:
  1. Cultivating the 21st Century Oceanographer
  2. Ocean Science and Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards
  3. Building a Broader Consortium - Increasing COSEE's Reach and Sustainability
  4. COSEE's Impacts and Legacy
For more information contact Andrea Gingras.
 COSEE Online
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 Sant Ocean Hall
Ocean Today Website This website provides access to current and archived videos on the Ocean Today kiosk. The Ocean Today kiosk was designed to be a dynamic, visitor-friendly experience at the Sant Ocean Hall, and its content illustrates both the ocean's influence on humans and their influence upon the ocean. The website offers an online archive, including a transcript of each video along with links for more information. The main content themes are Ocean News, Ocean Life, Science & Technology, and Discoveries. Visit Ocean Today.
 COSEE at Conferences
ASLO 2013 COSEE will have a very strong presence at ASLO 2013, which is being held in New Orleans February 17-22. GEARS – a full-day workshop for broadening research impacts – will be held Sunday February 17. Contact Bob Chen for details. Also being held on Sunday is Preparing Workforce and Transfer Students in Two-year Colleges for Geoscience Careers, organized by Jan Hodder. During the week will be special sessions, a lunch series, town halls and a teacher expo. For more details visit here.
 Working Group Updates
Scientist Engagement Working Group Work on the case study for Dr. Mary Jane Perry (University of Maine, COSEE Ocean Systems) is nearing completion. The SEWG case studies are featured on the newly redesigned front page of We welcome you to visit the SEWG website!

Screenshot of the COSEE Island Earth home page
Web Working Group The WWG is now researching methods to make the website an evergreen resource highlighting the work and people of COSEE. New templates under construction for display of "Best of COSEE" features will be unveiled at the Network Meeting in May for comments. For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.

ENT Sub-Group Wondering which webinar platform is most user-friendly? How to reformat video files? How to track the response to your programs? Excellence in Network Tools subgroup (ENTs) members have been busy providing expert advice on a myriad of questions from the COSEE Network, and they would be happy to provide the same for YOU. For more information, contact one of the ENTS co-chairs Catherine Cramer and Carla Companion.
Next Generation Science Standards Draft Check out the final review draft of the Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce, based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council. Read here.

Live Giant Squid Filmed in Deep Ocean Ocean explorers have finally achieved one of their most alluring but elusive goals: video footage of the legendary giant squid (Architeuthis dux) in its natural deep-sea habitat. Scientists say that the film, captured during an expedition off Japan’s Ogasawara archipelago, answers enduring questions about the enigmatic invertebrate. The six-week mission was funded by the Japan Broadcasting Commission (NHK) and the United States Discovery Channel, and took place in July 2012. To view the video, click here.
Current Call for Submissions The editors of Current: The Journal of Marine Education are seeking articles for upcoming general issues on topics related to marine education. Original manuscripts that describe research, lessons, resources, or strategies for teaching marine and aquatic lessons to a variety of audiences are welcomed. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2013. Contact Lisa Tooker.

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants NOAA’s Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications for projects designed to build the capacity of informal educators (including interpreters and docents) and/or formal educators (pre- or in-service) to use NOAA data and data access tools to help K-12 students and/or the public understand and respond to global change. Successful projects will enhance educators' ability to use the wealth of scientific data, data visualizations, data access technologies, information products, and other assets available through NOAA (plus additional sources, if desired) to engage K-12 students and/or other members of the public in a minimum of two U.S. states or territories. To read the full funding announcement, visit

Climate Assessment Report The Draft 2013 National Climate Assessment predicts that global carbon emissions will cause increased climate impacts in the coming decades. The report demonstrates that these impacts are already apparent: the country is hotter, rainfall is more intense and erratic, and rising seas and storm surges are threatening the coasts. The more than 1,000 page report is aimed to provide industries like farming and public service sectors with the climate change information they need to make informed decisions moving forward. The draft report opened for public comment on January 14, and will be finalized in March 2014. If you are interested in participating in this effort, email Staci Lewis.

Update on The Ocean Project Executive Director William Mott will present an update on the major findings from The Ocean Project's ongoing public opinion and strategic communications research initiative, America and the Ocean, including how those findings have been distributed and are now being applied, especially by zoos, aquariums and museums in experimental efforts aimed at inspiring visitors to do more to help conserve the ocean. The Ocean Project: Updates and Major Findings.
 Center News
COSEE Great Lakes A group of educators who formerly staffed the multi-state efforts of COSEE Great Lakes has secured support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to form the Center for Great Lakes Literacy, in partnership with USEPA's Great Lakes National Program Office! They are offering similar experiences to those that made the COSEE experience great: summer workshops aboard the RV Lake Guardian, and smaller scale land-based workshops focused on how GL Literacy can foster stewardship activities among learners. A Great Lakes Education Workshop will be held July 21-27, 2013, at F.T. Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie. Contact Rosanne Fortner for more information.

Rosanne W. Fortner, former Director of COSEE Great Lakes, has published an article on a "Database of Research in Marine and Aquatic Education" in Current - The Journal of Marine Education 28(2): 47-50. The database is useful for new education researchers, and demonstrates opportunities to expand the field with new scholarly activity.

COSEE Great Lakes educators Terri Hallesy and Robin Goettel of the IL-IN Sea Grant Program received a 2012 APEX [Award for Publication Excellence] for One-of-a-Kind Education & Training Publications. The award was based on COSEE Great Lakes' 212-page Fresh and Salt -- A curriculum integrating Ocean and Great Lakes Literacy Principles. More information about the publication, plus downloadable sections by Literacy Principle, are available here.

 Executive committee
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COSEE Island Earth (IE) started the new year off right with their first annual strategic planning retreat. The 11-member executive committee congregated at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) to evaluate the progress of the program and to envision for Year Two. COSEE IE collaborators traveled from Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island to gather and discuss the past and future of COSEE Island Earth. The morning included reporting on the major accomplishments of the past year, including the establishment of a monthly marine science radio show, the outreach program executed on the 2012 Reef Assessment and Monitoring research cruise, and the formation and testing of the seaHarmony website, which strives to match community educators with marine science researchers. The afternoon offered an opportunity to provide input and evaluation using SWOT and Draw-See-Think-Plan models. The meeting also gave the committee an opportunity to tour UHMC's new Ike Lea science building, an innovative construction complete with classrooms and laboratories for the various science fields as well as a rooftop garden, wind turbines, and photovoltaic cells. The suggestions drafted at the retreat will be incorporated into COSEE’s programing.

 Radio show
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A few days following the retreat, COSEE IE continued their jump into 2013 with the first radio show of the year. All Things Marine on 760 AM focused on Hawaiian fishponds and their restoration, with featured guests Kelii Kotubetey from Paepae o Heeia Fishpond; Dr. Clyde Tamaru, faculty and aquaculture specialist from the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Chris Cramer, co-founder of the Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center; and Jessica Crasson, education coordinator for the Malama Loko Ea Foundation. Together, they contributed their own unique perspectives on the science and management of these important cultural resources.

COSEE NOW's new scientist tools, the Broader Impact Wizard and the related Pre-Award and Post-Award Scientist Resources can be found at here. The Broader Impact Wizard is designed to assist scientists applying to NSF for research funding with their Criterion II requirements. The software is a five-step process that helps scientists determine the best education and public outreach plan to translate their research broadly. The final product of the program is an outline of important points to incorporate into your Broader Impact statement, including detailed objectives, examples of relevant educational literature to include, and an evaluation plan for the proposed project. Meanwhile, the Pre-Award and Post-Award Scientist Resources are aimed at further supporting scientists in writing their statements and implementing their projects. Please send any comments/feedback to Carrie Ferraro.

COSEE OCEAN conducted a Professional Development workshop on the Ocean Science Sequence for teachers in the Boston Public Schools district in January. Much of our attention has been focused on preparing for ASLO 2013, including a Town Hall featuring the Inquiry Group report on Ocean Literacy, as well as presentations, lunchtime workshops and the Teacher Expo. As always, check out the GrOE Facebook page!

COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities held two successful events in November. For the fourth year COSEE OLC, in collaboration with SoundCitizen, the University of Washington Institute of Science and Mathematics Education and the UW Ocean and Coastal Interdisciplinary Sciences GK-12 program, offered the high school level curricular materials, My Place in Puget Sound. The curriculum is a place-based inquiry science unit that addresses environmental issues with real and current data, is community relevant, and empowers students to act around environmental issues. The culminating event was a public poster session held at the UW campus during which over 80 high school students shared their projects with fellow students, scientists, and graduate students. Plans are to showcase a selection of the posters at the Seattle Aquarium in late Spring.

Using a short “lightning talk” format, COSEE OLC held a last-evening program to bring scientists, informal educators and volunteers together. Lightning Strikes featured ten scientists and informal educators giving brief talks on topics ranging from current ocean/marine science to citizen science to using the ocean as a context for art expression. The evening’s program included over 150 participants from the Puget Sound region, providing an opportunity for outreach and networking.

COSEE-Ocean Systems wrapped up its latest three-part webinar series this week. The Turbulence Webinar series - attended by a total of 80 people from 20 states and 6 countries - focused on the physics of ocean turbulence and its effect on marine organisms, including copeopds and marine osmotrophs. Drs. Donald Webster and Jeannette Yen of Georgia Tech presented the first and second webinars that focused on the effects and scales of turbulence, and Dr. Pete Jumars from the University of Maine completed the series spotlighting some of the ocean's tiniest creatures living in a turbulent world. All three presentations will be archived online, and can be accessed here.

 Activities that model impacts of ocean acidification
Teachers assemble a tesseract puzzle based on the changing abundance of prey species (enlarge)
COSEE-West This fall, COSEE-West organized and presented a workshop (Ocean Acidification Workshop: Using What Works) for teachers that integrated a suite of models and approaches that had been developed over its 10-year tenure. The workshop included structural components from lectures, workshops, courses, classes, and partnerships that have proven valuable for communicating ocean science to educators. The various components complemented one another and the new structure of the workshop proved to be a practical and versatile design. Some of the protocols that were combined for this workshop are summarized here.

Participants’ evaluations of the workshop were enthusiastic, and indicated that the workshop served its purpose: to bring current ocean science to teachers and demonstrate practical ways for them to share it with their students.
 COSEE Network Calendar
For the up-to-the-minute list of upcoming COSEE events, visit the Events page.
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 (Robin Dublin, COSEE Alaska)
COSEE California (Craig Strang, UC Berkeley)
COSEE Florida (Edwin Massey, Indian River State College)
COSEE Island Earth (Judy Lemus, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology)
COSEE Networked Ocean 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 (Carrie Thomas, North Carolina State University)
COSEE-TEK (Ivar Babb, University of Connecticut)
COSEE-West (Linda Duguay, University of Southern California)