COSEE-China Planning Workshop Application

A COSEE-China Planning Workshop has been funded by NSF International Planning Grants and Workshops.  It will take place in Beijing, China, March 6-13, 2010. Travel funds and participation support will be provided for five (5) students/postdocs, one (1) US Ocean Scientist, one (1) COSEE PI (or COSEE Council Member), one (1) US K-12 teacher, and one (1) US Education Specialist to participate in this first COSEE-China Planning Workshop. Applications are due December 4, 2009.  US participants (1 teacher, 1 ocean scientist, 5 students/postdocs, 1 COSEE PI, 1 education specialist) will be selected by the Selection Committee (Bob Chen and Xuchen Wang) based on experience in Ocean Education, diverse and unique potential contributions to this workshop, interest in China, and potential impact that this workshop may have on your career. Underrepresented minorities applicants will be viewed favorably to ensure a diverse group of participants.For details contact <Bob Chen>

Ocean Summit for High School Students – Boston

The  Ocean Summit is a one-day opportunity for local high school students to creatively address the challenges surrounding marine environmental issues.  Student groups gain perspective on various marine issues through presentations by stakeholders, with each one representing a differing point of view.  After a day’s activities, each group of students negotiates among their peers and decides on concrete actions to be taken in order to protect and preserve our ocean world.  The Ocean Summit is an inspiring, thought-provoking day for all.  Thursday, December 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Federal Reserve Bank Building in downtown Boston.
Advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Vickie Cataldo at, or call 617-973-0235.

Making Waves – Middle School Resources and Activities

Making Waves is a multimedia outreach project designed to help bring science and math to life in your middle school classroom by unlocking the mysteries of the oceans.  Partners for the website include the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida, USGS, and InterActive Teacher Magazine.  Resource topics include Sea Level Rise, Red Tides, Oceans from Space, Real Time Data, and much more.  Check out the background information, activities, and links.

High School Marine Biology Course – Resources and Request for Input

COSEE-West has developed a comprehensive Marine Biology course for Grades 9-12.  The course focuses on marine life and includes lesson plans, labs, activities, games, and web interactives/web quests. The course matrix links every California Biology Standard to multiple marine Biology activities.  We hope this will show how easy it can be to pull out activities – or to propose a change in courses to administrators by showing how all the activities are directly aligned. Although the course is written to teach all required California Biology standards, it can be adapted by teachers outside California. All of the materials on the website are available for free. Access the course, resources and information

The course is in development and your input would be appreciated.

How you can help:
• Submit your favorite lesson plans, labs, resources, etc.
If you are a California teacher, tell us which CA Biology standards they support.
We promise to credit you for any of your resources that we post on the COSEE-West website (only with your prior permission!).

• Help align the existing and incoming materials with the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts (OLEPFC).
(For more information about Ocean Literacy, visit this website
You can download a PDF brochure about the OLEPFC here

• If you are a scientist who has data or biological information that we can use to create new lesson plans or incorporate into existing ones, please let us know.

We would much appreciate feedback if you use any of these materials!  We’d like to know, for example, if you use them to integrate marine science into an existing course or create a new marine course.  Any other information, such as who supports your efforts (e.g., other teachers, administrators), would be useful to us.  We also, of course, need to know about any errors that must be fixed.

Send your input to
Gwen Noda
Co-Director, COSEE-West, UCLA

phone: 310-206-8247
fax: 310-206-3987

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco Opens Facebook Page

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, has established a Facebook page to connect a growing online community of constituents, partners and citizens around the world to NOAA news, people, information and initiatives as they happen. On Dr. Lubchenco’s Facebook page, you’ll find updates, videos and photos, and a host of new features to come in the weeks and months ahead. Visit

Lecture and Film Screening at Gulf of Maine Institute

CoML book World Ocean Census

Image by Firefly Books

Award-winning writer Darlene Crist (co-author of the new book World Ocean Census) and deep-sea diver Richard Morris will share the excitement of the global Census of Marine Life through stories, images and film.  Join us on Thursday, November 19 at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, Maine (5:30 reception, 7 pm lecture). Event details.

RSVP by November 15: or call (207) 228-1680. Sponsored by Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) and the Gulf of Maine Census of Marine Life.

Live Webinar: ROV Exploration of Antarctica Sea Floor

Register now to participate in a real-time live event with PolarTREC teacher, Michele Cross, and scientists and engineers working near McMurdo Station, Antarctica. This event is hosted through the PolarTREC Live from the International Polar Year! program and will allow participants to learn more about the development of and research conducted by the SCINI ROV robot and the unique ecosystem on the Antarctic sea floor. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and chat with others during the presentation.

Event Date:  Wednesday November 11 2009
Event Time: 7:30 AM Alaska Standard Time [8:30AM PST, 9:30AM MST, 10:30AM CST, 11:30 AM EST]
Registration: Register for this free event and to receive instructions on how to join

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences invites undergraduates to apply for the 2010 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer research program, Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean.  We are looking for promising students from colleges and universities around the country interested in gaining hands-on research experience.  Areas of research include the marine microbial food web, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, sensory biology, climate change and fisheries oceanography.  Eight students will be selected and each paired with a Bigelow scientist/mentor based on mutual research interests.  Participants will spend ten weeks (June 7 – August 13) working closely with their mentors on current research projects. Participants receive a stipend and food, housing, and travel allowances.  Undergraduates in their sophomore year or later may apply; applications are due January 15, 2010.  More information and application materials are available.  Prospective applicants may also contact Rebecca Fowler with questions, or (207) 633-9632.