March 2009

 In This Issue CNN Vol. 2 No. 3 | March 2009 
Focus On...COSEE-CaliforniaSubscribe
Feature Story
Center News
Working Group Updates
Central Coordinating Office Updates
COSEE Conference Activities
COSEE Network Calendar
News to Use
COSEE Center Directory
Focus On...COSEE-California

What's new at COSEE-California? Visit the March Center of the Month and find out!
 Feature Story
A View From The Lecture Hall: Comments From COSEE-West Program Participants

What do high school students have to say about attending a COSEE-West lecture? Find out here.

 Center News
Chris Martens looking out from one of the Aquarius viewports
COSEE-Networked Ocean World invites you to listen to the first three episodes of the podcast Ocean Gazing: (1) An Internet portal into the ocean: A conversation with John Delaney, (2) Seeing the small: Heidi Sosik and Rob Olson on their underwater camera, and (3) Coral concerns: Chris Martens studies the reef by living on it. Each episode features a sonic stumper, and listeners are encouraged to submit questions for the scientists who are profiled. And if you haven't subscribed to Ocean Gazing, there are three ways to do it: RSS, iTunes, and Web (click on Podcast). Photo of Chris Martens looking out from one of the Aquarius viewports by Alexa Elliott.

COSEE-Coastal Trends eNewsletter is available online.

COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities has a new website.

COSEE-West scientists Peggy Hamner, Bill Hamner and Gwen Noda were seen on the National Geographic documentary Into The Abyss, covering their 2007 research cruise to the Celebes Sea. Find out more about the cruise on the NOAA Ocean Explorer Website.
 Working Group Updates
COSEE Network website
Web Working Group The WWG continues to refine the COSEE websites, concentrating on layout and increased functionality. During the next few months, we will discuss and prioritize methods for handling Network business (e.g. password-protected staff pages, posting of the COSEE Network Newsletter, etc.) and integrating those Centers not currently on the Content Management System. For more information on the WWG, please contact its Chair, Annette deCharon.
 Central Coordinating Office Updates
COSEE Network Meeting Over 80 members of the COSEE Network Community are planning to attend the May meeting at the Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head, South Carolina. The meeting will begin with a beachside cocktail hour on Monday evening, May 4 and continue through May 6. Sessions during the meeting will include an evaluation review of COSEE, marketing COSEE services to scientists, engaging the business sector with COSEE, and storytelling as a communication tool. National Advisory Committee members will also meet. In addition, a draft of the new Strategic Business Plan will be presented by Billy Spitzer (COSEE-New England) and Carroll Hood (Raytheon/National Advisory Committee). For more information contact Andrea Kecskes.

COSEE business meeting
Strategic Business Plan Workshop In early March members of the COSEE Council and National Advisory Committee, with the help of facilitator Cindy Zook, met in San Francisco to brainstorm and develop a new Strategic Business Plan. The new plan will encompass elements that focus on the growth and development of the Network, raising outside funds for the Network, and expanding the COSEE Network to include inland states. A draft will be presented at the May Network meeting. For more information contact Billy Spitzer.
Ocean Observing Data Site EARTH (Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses) uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. EARTH is a project of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Minority Report from NSF Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering is a report that provides information about the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment. Information on the site is organized by topic and group. Links to additional data sources and reports are provided.

Robert Ballard
Ocean Research on Prime Time Oceanographer Robert Ballard recently appeared on the television show The Colbert Report. Dr. Ballard explains why ocean exploration is so critical, discusses some of the findings that he has had over the years, and in the process refers to Ocean Literacy Principles 5, 6 and 7! View Dr. Ballard's video here. Photo of Dr. Ballard by Mark Thiessen.

NOW ON PBS recently featured programming on ocean effects from climate change. You can view the 26-minute program Sea Change online.

NOAA Podcasts Making Waves is a weekly audio podcast reporting on the latest National Ocean Service news and information. Diving Deeper is a bi-weekly audio podcast featuring discussions with NOS scientists on a wide variety of ocean topics. Access the podcasts here.

Science Radio Science at Work is a series of radio programs produced by NPR radio station WCAI, based in Woods Hole. The programs feature interviews with scientists working in the Woods Hole science community. Listen to Science at Work.

Sylvia Earle in submarine
State of the Oceans on PBS The State of the Planet's Oceans is the next episode in the award-winning environmental series, Journey to Planet Earth, which will be broadcast on PBS on March 18 at 8:00 PM. The State of the Planet's Oceans investigates the health and sustainability of the world's oceans, with a special emphasis on issues affecting marine preserves, fisheries, and coastal ecosystems in the United States and worldwide. An edited 25-minute version is available to environmental organizations, schools, and colleges throughout North America. Find out more online.

Seals on Facebook WHOI researcher and producer of COSEE-NOW podcasts Ari Shapiro recently wrote an article on titled For Seals on Facebook, It's Complicated. Read the story.

Ocean Leadership Calendar View the Ocean Leadership Calendar. If you have any additions, email submissions to Gregg Schmidt.

Ocean Leadership calendar

 COSEE Conference Activities
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Session The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation will meet in Portland, Oregon November 1-5, 2009. The theme of the meeting is Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World. Jan Hodder (COSEE-Pacific Partnerships), Eric Koepfler (Coastal Carolina University) and Laura Murray (COSEE-Coastal Trends) are chairing a session entitled Partnering Scientists and Educators to Increase Coastal and Estuarine Knowledge. COSEE scientists and their education partners are encouraged to submit a paper for this session. Read the Session Abstract here. Abstract submission is now open; the deadline for submission is May 15. For more information on the conference visit here.

NSTA 2009 COSEE has a large presence at the NSTA meeting in New Orleans this week. Watch this space for future reports and photographs from the conference!

NSTA 2010 Proposal submissions are already being accepted for NSTA 2010, and our goal is to create another day of COSEE-themed concurrent sessions. NSTA 2010 will be held in Philadelphia March 18-21. If you decide to submit a session proposal that is COSEE-related, include COSEE in the title. (For example, COSEE: Using Ocean Observing Data in the K-12 Classroom.) This will make it easier to coordinate sessions with NSTA and to maintain an organized presence at next year's conference. The Strands for the 2010 conference include:

Strand 1: Meeting the Unique Needs of Urban and Rural Science Learners

Strand 2: Connecting Content: Between, Within and Among Subjects

Strand 3: Closing the Digital Generation Gap Between Teachers and Students

Strand 4: Rekindling the Fires of Science Teaching and Learning

COSEE will again host a booth on the exhibit floor. Contact Liesl Hotaling for more information and to let her know if you have submitted a COSEE proposal. Proposals are due April 15, 2009.

 COSEE Network Calendar
March 2009
COSEE-West Marine Protected Areas and the Marine Life Protection Act Online Workshop, March 16-April 3

COSEE-West The Ocean in a Warming Climate Teacher Workshop, March 21, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

April 2009
COSEE-Coastal Trends Coastal Trends Weekend, April 4-5, Virginia Aquarium

COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities Exploring the Spectrum of Citizen Science, April 10-11, Fort Worden Conference Center

May 2009
COSEE-Pacific Partnerships Workshop and Field Trip for Community College Instructors, May 1, Clatsop Community College

June 2009
COSEE-California Communicating Ocean Sciences Instructors' Workshop, June 3-5, Lawrence Hall of Science

COSEE-SouthEast Coastal Legacy Workshop, June 15-20, Honey Creek Camp and Conference Center

COSEE-Coastal Trends Scientist-Educator Partnership Orientation, June 16-19, Horn Point Laboratory

July 2009
COSEE-Coastal Trends Ocean Science Course Workshop, July 7-10, Horn Point Laboratory

COSEE-Great Lakes R/V Lake Guardian Shipboard Workshop, July 7-13, Lake Superior

COSEE-Great Lakes Lake Erie Exploration Workshop, July 18-24, Lake Erie basin locations

COSEE-Pacific Partnerships Community College Faculty Institute, July 20-24, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

COSEE-SouthEast Ocean Sciences Education Leadership Institute, July 20-25, Baruch Marine Lab

COSEE-Great Lakes R/V Lake Guardian Shipboard Workshop, July 25-31, Lake Huron
 News to Use
Year of Science Ocean and Water Web Pages The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) is developing web pages for each month in 2009 as part of the Year of Science project. (March celebrates Physics and Technology.) June 2009 is Ocean and Water month, and your help is needed! Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. Your answers will help make the Ocean and Water web page a useful resource.

Understanding Science The mission of the website Understanding Science is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. This project has at its heart a re-engagement with science that begins with teacher preparation and ends with broader public understanding. The Understanding Science site was produced by the Museum of Paleontology of the University of California at Berkeley, in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and teachers, and was funded by the National Science Foundation. Visit Understanding Science.

e-Biosphere '09 Conference Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is teaming up with several research organizations and museums to co-host an international conference on biodiversity informatics in London this June. Read the e-Biosphere 09 announcement. Even if you can't attend the conference, you can join the free Online Conference Community where you can share ideas, moderate forums, or suggest topics for discussion groups online and during the meeting. There are 16 discussion groups under way, including those on climate change; fisheries; and uses of biodiversity information with the public, K-12, and higher education.

Summer Workshop for Faculty in Intermediate ROV Building for Classroom Projects The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is offering its annual Intermediate Level Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Building workshop July 20-26 in Monterey, California on the campus of Monterey Peninsula College. Along with learning ROV building skills, educators will learn how to build, use and incorporate sensors into ROVs. Knowledge provided in this workshop will also prepare educators to support a team in MATE's ROV Regional and International competitions. For more information and an application visit online or contact Erica Moulton.

MARE Summer Institute 2009 The Marine Activities Resources and Education (MARE) Staff of the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley presents Integrating Marine Science & Literacy: An Inquiry-based Institute for K-8 and Informal Educators, focusing on meaningful connections between inquiry science and literacy. Daily instruction includes ocean sciences content, field trips, and hands-on activities from the MARE and NOAA-funded Ocean Sciences Sequence for grades 3-5 curricula. The Institute will be held at the University of California at Santa Cruz from July 5-9 and is intended for classroom teachers, science resource teachers, literacy specialists, bilingual teachers, curriculum leaders, professional developers, school administrators, and non-classroom educators. Find out more about the workshop online or contact Sarah Pedemonte.
Send news and announcements of interest to the COSEE Network community to the editor, Catherine Cramer. This includes calls for presentations, workshop announcements, etc.
 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, Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium)
COSEE-Coastal Trends (Laura Murray, U of Maryland Center for Environmental Science)
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 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-West (Linda Duguay, University of Southern California)