Job Posting – Content Specialist, North Carolina

University of North Carolina – Wilmington Center for Marine Science  MarineQuest program seeks a Content Specialist who will assist in developing educational programs and activities for preK – 12 groups based on national and state science education standards and Ocean Literacy principle. This candidate will serve as a lead instructor for school‐based and specialty programs and will be required to independently lead educational lessons and activities. For more information contact Jeremy Burnett burnettj@uncw.edu

Right Whale Research in the News

During August and September the right whale research staff from New England Aquarium are on the water, following the right whales in the Bay of Fundy between Downeast Maine and New Brunswick.

Recently, a Bangor Daily News reporter and photographer spent a thirteen-hour work day with the Aquarium right whale staff, and published an article about the experience.

New England Aquarium Lecture Series

Upcoming lectures at the New England Aquarium include:

Sailors for the Sea Ocean Exploration, September 21

History of Marine Mammals at New England Aquarium, October 13

Rising From the Ashes: The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, November 2

Jacques Cousteau: the Sea King, November 9

…plus film screenings and more

See the full schedule and register

DataStreme Ocean Distance Learning Course

DataStreme Ocean is a precollege teacher enhancement program of the AMS/NOAA Cooperative Program for Earth System Education (CPESE). The program is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

DataStreme Ocean explores the ocean in the Earth system with special emphasis on (1) the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean, (2) the internal properties and workings of the ocean, (3) interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system (hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere), and (4) the human/societal impacts on and response to those interactions. This approach is inquiry-based and consistent in methodology and goals with the National Science Education Standards.

DataStreme Ocean is pedagogically guided by a teaching approach (Project-Based Science) that seeks to engage learners in exploring their world by investigating meaningful questions. DataStreme Ocean incorporates driving questions, investigations, collaboration, technology, and artifacts.

Find out how to participate.

There are spaces available in the Fall 2009 Online Learning DataStreme Ocean course.

There are DataStreme Ocean learning teams in  Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.

Locate a DataStream Oceam team leader by state.

Boston Harbor Educators Conference

The Boston Harbor Educators Conference will be held Saturday October 3, 2009.  The conference title is “Celebrating the Beauty of a Resource Long Forgotten”, and will be a day of discovery featuring a cruise through the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area to Thompson Island. Using all of our senses, we will learn about the islands, their living and cultural resources and ways we can incorporate these invaluable local sites into our lesson plans.
LOCATION: UMass Boston/Fox Point Pavilion for registration at 8:00 AM, Boston Harbor Islands cruise to Thompson Island for workshops and keynote presentation.  Boat departure at 9:00 AM, return to UMass at 5:00 PM.
Program fee of $40 covers boat tour and transit to and from Thompson Island, all workshops, keynote presentation and lunch.
For more information or to register visit the MME website

Sponsors: Massachusetts Marine Educators, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area,
UMass Boston/Marine Operations, Ocean River Institute, and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Ocean Policy Taskforce Requests Public Comments

The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force is requesting input on its activities from interested parties. The Task Force asks that comments focus on any of the five key issues identified in the June 12 Presidential Memorandum: a national ocean policy, a framework for policy coordination, implementation strategies, marine spatial planning, and emerging issues on ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes policy.  Presidential Memorandum

Submit comments

Job Opening – Education Center Director, Maine

The Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education seeks an experienced, innovative professional with excellent communications skills for the position of Education Center Director. This is a full-time, 24-month position, with renewal contingent on funding and job performance. The Education Center Director will coordinate all education activities at the Downeast Institute associated with a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation program. These activities include developing an original, inquiry-based curriculum focused on marine science education, offering workshops for in-service teachers,
developing and delivering summer programs at the Center for youth, organizing regular meetings of the partnership team from the University of Maine at Machias, Maine Sea Grant, Washington County Community College, and the Downeast Institute, and working with team members on other educational activities. Successful grant-writing ability will be required to secure ongoing funding for salary and educational programs. This position is based at the Downeast Institute in Beals, Maine.