Fur Seals Return to New England Aquarium

Fur seals enjoying their new home at New England Aquarium

Fur seals enjoying their new home at New England Aquarium

Watch fur seals enjoying their return to New England Aquarium courtesy of NECN.

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Online Research Video Subscription

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological research in a video format. JoVE recently published three videos of interest to NEwswave readers on seawater sampling and collecting, and filtration of coastal seawater samples. The videos are high-quality, and produced in conjunction with Steven J. Hallam, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia.  However, be aware that JoVE does charge a subscription fee in order to view the libary of videos, many of which are of a highly technical nature. There is a free one-day trial subscitption available.  Preview the seawater sampling video

Introduction to Sea Grant Online Seminar

Sea Grant 101: Have you ever wondered how the National Sea Grant College Program works – research, extension, and education?

For more than 40 years, the National Sea Grant College program has worked to create and maintain a healthy coastal environment and economy. A partnership between universities and the federal government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA), Sea Grant directs federal resources to pressing problems in local communities. By drawing on the experience of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators and students from more than 300 institutions, Sea Grant is able to make an impact at local and state levels, and serve as a powerful national force for change. NOAA presents this  seminar on Wednesday July 29, from noon to 1 PM EDT. The presentation is available through a copmbination of phone and webcast. For details visit the NOAA Seminars website

Position Opening: Summer Ecology Camp Supervisor – Urgent Hire

Summer camp coordinator urgently needed.  Ecology Camp summer program in Cambridge at the Alewife Reservation at Alewife T Stop (with office and training nearby) needs a supervisory environmental staff member to run day-to-day operations.  Duties include coordinating environmental training, much of which will be provided by volunteer consultants, but which will also require environmental experience on the part of the coordinator.  The coordinator will also plan camp logistics and carry out daily preparations for the camp.

The camp will provide the youth involved with experiences in GPS monitoring, water quality testing, trail maintenance, wildlife identification and more, provided by scientists and teachers.  Approximately 15 youth are expected.  Youth will receive minimum wage.  The camp is run by Friends of Alewife Reservation, in collaboration with City agencies. Camp will run July 6th – August 14th, 3 days a week, for 20 hours a week.  Job commences as soon as possible for simple camp preparations for 10 hrs/wk at $8/hr until camp commences on July 6.  Salary during camp will be $15/hr, for 20 hours a week.

Required Background: Successful experience working with under-served youth and leading project-based activities.  Must have substantial past experience in leading and managing youth.  Environmental background is also essential.   Must have local experience and a car.

Additional Qualifications: Promptness and fitness.  Strong responsibility to youth and volunteer consultants.  The staff member should be comfortable in urban woods and should have the ability to provide safety for youth.

If interested, please submit CV and cover letter to Friends of Alewife Reservation

by email at:


or by post at:

Friends of Alewife Reservation

186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 304

Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact the office with any questions at 617-415-1884.

Jelly Species Naming Contest Needs Your Vote

The Species Naming Contest for the Bonaire Banded Box Jelly that appeared on the Year of Science Ocean and Water page has been a huge success, with over 500 entries. Now is your chance to vote on choosing the new name from a list of seven finalists. Cast your vote

Licensed Captain Needed for Boston Harbor No Discharge Program

Full-time position for USCG licensed captain, in support of new Boston Harbor No Discharge Area program. Ability to pilot 31-foot vessel mandatory. In addition, will work in support of program development, data collection and research for this project, working with UMass Boston faculty.  Contact opctr@umb.edu

Whale Sightings on Stellwagen

whale sighted off Stellwagen Bank

Whale sighted on Stellwagen Bank

Captain Bob Avila of Capt. John Boats, Plymouth MA, reports that they are seeing lots of whales on Stellwagen Bank!

Informal Science Education Online Certificate

University of South Florida is offering a new Online Distance Learning Graduate Certificate Program in Informal Education. The program is for
· Professionals who educate the public about science
· Science teachers who want to go beyond traditional coursework and delve into the field of informal science
Courses can be used toward Ph.D., M.A. and M.Ed. degrees
If you want to
· Increase your career opportunities in informal science education
· Create a career ladder
· Understand how individuals and communities learn science
· Address learning styles for multiple audiences
· Enhance relationships between ISIs/ ISEIs and K-16 schools
· Understand the science education reform movement and standards in depth
· Build an ISI/ ISEI community professional network
· Professionalize informal science education,
then this Informal Science Education Program is for you!

Register now to become a part of the cohort beginning Fall 2009. Spaces are limited.  More online
(Select Informal Science Institutions: Environmental Education)

Course Descriptions available
For more information  contact Program Director Barbara Spector, Ph.D. at spector@coedu.usf.edu or 813.971.1856

Long Island Sound Classroom Resources

The Long Island Sound Study’s latest issue of Sound Update focuses on Fish and Fishing in Long Island Sound and is now available online
Sound Health, a publication about the health of Long Island Sound can be downloaded in four parts

If you would like to receive a hard copy of either of these free publications (or a classroom set), email Larissa at ljg85@cornell.edu.

Mariners’ Museum Educator, Virginia

The Mariners’ Museum located in Newport News, VA, is seeking full-time or part-time Educators (part time positions may satisfy internship requirements). The Educators will conceive, research, develop and implement general history and/or science based programs for classroom or distance learning settings. Programs may address elementary and secondary school educational objectives, gallery-based presentations and adult continuing-education programs that enhance the public’s understanding of the Museum’s mission, collections and resources. The successful candidates will also: serve on exhibit development committees in order to represent the Education Department with respect to the interpretive programming that will complement the exhibition; evaluate and critique the interpretive programs presented to the Museum’s visitors; and participate in the management of interpretive and educational programs. BA or BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, History, American Studies or Education preferred. For more information, or to submit an application, contact:

Noreen Becci
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606