Women in Science at New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium’s Women in Science Program engages young women from Boston-area schools in the many aspects of marine science. The young women are presented with examples and information demonstrating that science is not an exclusively male profession. They learn that the world of science is multifaceted and that science is not a boring, one-dimensional field.

There are two all-day events serving the middle and high school populations. The program features women scientists who speak about their work in a series of presentations and activities. Each event introduces students to professional women working in the sciences at the Aquarium; provides them a network of potential mentors; and highlights opportunities for participation in Aquarium programs. The students also go on detailed behind-the-scenes tours, where they learn how our animals are cared for. In addition, they participate in activites such as dissection, animal identification, animal feeding and animal training. The events include lunch with a keynote speaker who engages participants in a discussion about their experiences with the sciences. The students end the day with a self-guided tour of the Aquarium and an IMAX film.

Middle School Session

Thursday, October 8
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This day is for students in grades 6-8.  If you are interested in attending with your students, please contact Vickie Cataldo, vcataldo@neaq.org.  Six girls each from 10 schools can be accepted.

High School Session

Thursday, Nov. 5

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

This day is for students in grades 9-12.  If you are interested in attending with your students, please contact Vickie Cataldo, vcataldo@neaq.org.  Six girls each from 10 schools can be accepted.
Contact Info
Vickie Cataldo
Special Programs Coordinator
Education Department

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

Films, food & festivities! 2nd Annual Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Saturday, October 3, 5-9 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.
Abromson Auditorium, University of Southern Maine, Portland
$15 in advance/$20 at the door.

Tickets, film, & sponsor information at www.cascobay.org.

Coastal Cleanup Sign Up

In partnership with organizations and individuals across the globe, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup engages people to remove trash and debris from the world’s beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris, and change the behaviors that cause marine debris in the first place. Join this September: Sign up for a Cleanup near you and get involved today!

NOAA Online Workshop for Educators

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ocean Exploration and Research Program (OER)

Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels

Why Do We Explore?
October 5 – 16, 2009
in partnership with the College of Exploration

Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research for the second workshop in a series of educator professional development opportunities focused around NOAA’s new ship and America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration, the /Okeanos Explorer/. This workshop will introduce the new /Okeanos Explorer/ Education Materials Collection built around the themes: Why Do We Explore?, How Do We Explore? and What Do We Expect to Find? Scientific presenters and education facilitators will work with participants to delve into the benefits of ocean exploration targeting climate change, energy, human health and ocean health. Interact with ocean explorers, converse and share classroom applications with other educators, and find a wealth of multimedia resources. We will introduce the first in a series of Leader’s Guides for Classroom Explorers entitled Why Do We Explore?, with its companion Initial Inquiry Lesson, To Boldly Go…, as well as additional lesson plans and other resources.

Speakers include:
• Dr. Charles Fisher: Professor of Biology, Eberly College of Science at The Pennsylvania State University
• Dr. Shirley A. Pomponi: Executive Director, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University
• Dr. Edith Widder: Senior Scientist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University; Cofounder, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

The workshop is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive graduate credit (fee for the credit) or obtain a certificate of completion.

To register go to:

Susan E. Haynes
Education Program Manager
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
(401) 289-2810

Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME) Fall Conference

SENEME will host its annual Fall Conference at Project Oceanolgy (Groton, CT) on Saturday, October 3, 2009.  The conference will consist of workshops, presentations, field programs, and live and silent auctions.  To present a workshop or exhibit, fill out the form that can be found on http://www.seneme.org/.

Job Opening – Marine Animal Care/Lab Tech

The University of New England Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center (UNE/MARC) is seeking a qualified team orientated candidate to fill a one-year grant funded Animal Care /Laboratory Technician position. The position has the potential for renewal beyond the first year provided that funds are procured through outside sources. The successful applicant will have a direct role in day-to-day animal care, helping train and oversee volunteers and take a lead role in conducting necropsies, assisting staff with ongoing research, and maintaining, repairing and upgrading closed sea water systems. For general information on the MARC facility, go to UNE’s website. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and be submitted to http://www.careers@une.edu. No phone calls. Review of the applications will begin on October 1, and continue until the position is filled.

Undergrad Scholarship – Deadline September 18

Oceanic Research Group is now accepting applications for the  annual scholarship for the 2009/2010 academic year. While the main goal of Oceanic Research Group is cultivating marine awareness and conservation through the creation and distribution of educational media,  they also believe in the importance of investing in the next generation of marine scientists, biologists and educators, and for the past four years have offered this scholarship.  Interested undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year or graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 and demonstrated financial need are eligible. Students must be United States citizens and enrolled or accepted in an accredited United States college or university for the 2009 fall term.  The deadline for this application is September 18th, 2009.  Full details of the application process can be found on the ORG website.

Join a Voyage to Study Marine Ecosystems – Online

Join Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita for a voyage studying plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean. This September the Algalita Marine Research Foundation research team set sail to one of the most remote regions of the Pacific Ocean to study human impacts on marine ecosystems.The voyage started on September 7th, but it is not too late to get involved! We invite students and teachers to join this voyage from the classroom or from home on the Internet by providing:
• Daily updates and images from the research vessel
• The opportunity to interact with the ship’s research team and other leading researchers to ask questions and share experiences
• Lessons, activities and creative ways to integrate the experience into the classroom curriculum
• A chance to interact with students from around the world to share information, perspectives and solutions to this global issue
For more information contact Holly Gray- vesselsupport@algalita.org or visit http://algalita.org/ship-2-shore-education.html

COASTSWEEP Massachusetts

COASTSWEEP, the state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by the Massachuseets Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and the Urban Harbors Institute at UMass Boston, will kick off its 22nd year on September 19 at Nantasket Beach in Hull. Thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by The Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout eastern Massachusetts in September and October. To participate or organize a cleanup, go to the COASTSWEEP website.

Massachusetts Ocean Plan Public Hearings

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has scheduled five public hearings on the Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan—September 14 in Boston, September 15 in New Bedford, September 16 in Barnstable, September 17 in Gloucester, and September 23 in Tisbury (Vineyard Haven). For details, see CZM’s Calendar page. Mandated by the Oceans Act of 2008, the draft ocean management plan was developed by EEA and CZM, with broad support from the Departments of Fish and Game and Environmental Protection. The draft plan was released in July for public review and comment. See the Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan website for links to the two-volume draft plan and all maps and figures. To receive periodic ocean plan updates, send an email to join-env-oceanplan@listserv.state.ma.us.
The Oceans Act sets a deadline of December 31, 2009, for final promulgation of a plan that balances protection of marine resources with uses such as renewable energy development. Also pursuant to the Act, public comments on the draft plan must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23. To provide online comments, see the Ocean Plan Public Input Portal comments page.