Online Resource – Podcast of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life’s Education and Learning Group announces a new biweekly podcast, the Podcast of Life, Podcastium vitae. Beginning with a cache of 13 episodes and hosted by Ari Daniel Shapiro, the first in the series features the North Atlantic Right Whale. In addition to links to classroom resources, each episode offers ways for students to call in or record online to add their voices and ideas to the Podcast of Life.

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Job Opportunity – Education Manager, CA

The Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco CA is seeking a Education and Conservation Manager  to provide leadership to a cohesive team of naturalists, educators, and floor supervisors as they develop and execute a strong interpretive and informal education program focused on the marine life of the San Francisco Bay.  For more information, contact Carrie Chen (carriec@aquariumofthebay.org).

Job Opportunity – Communications Director, Chesapeake Bay Program, MD

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis MD seeks a qualified individual to plan, implement and coordinate all aspects of communication for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). The CBP is the federal/state partnership responsible for leading the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. A full posting for this senior position is available online.  Applications due 1/29/10.

Online Resource – Coral Bleaching Curriculum

University of Hawaii Sea Grant brought together students, teachers, and researchers to develop a new curriculum, “The Case of the Sick Coral.”  Recently published in the National Marine Educators Association’s journal Current, it guides high school students in developing and testing hypotheses about the differential susceptibility of corals to bleaching.  Note:  no coral is harmed in this activity — only cauliflower and broccoli!

Online Resource – Marine Debris Curriculum

Hawaii Sea Grant announces a new inquiry curriculum, “Sorting Out Sediment Grain Size and Plastic Pollution,” published in the journal Oceanography (vol. 22 no.4). Designed for middle- and high-school students, the activity explores beach erosion, beach health, and plastic pollution with instruction in field sampling and hands-on sediment size determination.

Summer Undergraduate Course – Microbial Ecology

Shoals Marine Laboratory offers a two-week intensive course (5-day workshop option available) on Appledore Island, Maine June 28-July 12 2010.  Field Microbial Ecology includes faculty from Cornell University, the Sea Education Association, and Marine Biological Laboratory. Topics range from viruses to protists to algae to multicellular organisms of the plankton; techniques include culture, staining, and advanced light microscopy.

Add your listing – Summer programs for teachers & students

The National Marine Educators Association features “summer opportunities for teachers” in the spring issue of NMEA News, and is soliciting listings. Submit opportunities for teachers and/or their students to johnette.bosarge@usm.edu or nmea@usm.edu, including:  a 50- to 60-word paragraph describing the workshop or field trip, including a website for more information, and a contact person. Deadline for submissions is Friday, 2/5/10, to be published online in mid-March.