Program for High School Students – Maine

The University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences (SMS) and Darling Marine Center (DMC) are happy to announce a new program called Dive In for college-bound high school students interested in pursuing a career in the marine sciences.  Dive In is a three-day immersion program scheduled for August 9-11, 2010, that will give students a taste of one of the most popular scientific majors. While in residence at the DMC, students will explore the marine realm on foot, by kayak and aboard the R/V Ira C., and be exposed to marine biology, oceanography, scientific diving, remote ocean sensing, aquaculture, and more.

Parents are invited to join us on the last afternoon for seminars on career options and UMaines academic program in marine science. A final BBQ provides opportunities for students and parents to meet and mingle with UMaine marine science faculty and staff.

Dive In is FREE to accepted students. Transportation to and from the DMC is not included. Applications are  due June 30, 2010.  Dive In is open to students entering their junior and senior year in high school, though preference will be given to seniors.

For more information contact Linda Healy <lhealy@maine.edu>

NEOSEC Funding Announcement

We very pleased to report that we have secured over $600K in grant funding over the next 3 years for NEOSEC, including support for our core operations and new programs:

* New England Aquarium (NEAq) received a $342K grant from NOAA on behalf of NEOSEC to fund “Summer Science in New England,” which brings a coordinated coastal citizen science project to summer camps around the region. Working with a lead scientist from the Census of Marine Life (CoML) and Project Manager at NEAq, the Marine Environmental Research Institute, Seacoast Science Center, BOAT CAMP, NEAq Harbor Discoveries Camp, Boston’s Camp Harbor View, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Alton Jones Camp, and Project Oceanology will work in Year 1 to refine intertidal monitoring curricula for youth age 14 and up. Over the course of the summer, campers will learn field protocols, identify intertidal inhabitants, and upload their data for inclusion in CoML’s international NaGISA database, led by trained camp counselors and accompanied by working scientists. In the fall, campers will come together for a Teen Ocean Summit to share their experiences and consider policy aspects of intertidal census data.  In Years 2 and 3, additional camp programs will join the project.

* The Northeast Regional Association for Coastal Observing Systems (NERACOOS) and NEOSEC have entered a Memorandum of Understanding through which NEOSEC will provde education and outreach support to NERACOOS. A resulting Letter of Agreement has made $15K available to NEOSEC to support the Governing Council’s May 2010 meeting, production of NEwswave, and the 2010 Ocean Literacy Summit.

* With the NEAq as the lead, the NOAA BWET program has provided $284K for “Get WET in New England.” In this project, NEOSEC partners will provide professional development to teachers that will allow them to lead watershed field education experiences and follow-up activities for students. Each partner institution (Mystic Aquarium, NEAq, BOAT CAMP, and Gundalow Company) has identified a local school system to take part in the 3-year effort, and is matched with a NOAA Advisor (CT Sea Grant, MIT Sea Grant, Waquoit Bay NERR, and NH Sea Grant, respectively).  Other NEOSEC institutions with existing BWET programs (Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Project Oceanology) also provide connections across the region.

Additionally, we over $900K in pending proposals submitted on behalf of NEOSEC, including:

* A proposal submitted by Mystic Aquarium to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for “Building Ocean Literacy Capacity and Partnerships in New England.” This project would provide collaborative professional development through workshops, staff exchanges, and implementation support among NEOSEC institutions.

* A partnership with COSEE Ocean Systems, as part of their renewal proposal to NSF, to support increased involvement of ocean scientists in NEOSEC programs; assistance to individual scientists in achieving broader impact; use of COSEE-OS content resources and concept mapping tools; and documentation and dissemination of NEOSEC’s model for collaboration.

* A request from the Census of Marine Life to the Davis Foundation to fund scientists’ participation at the November 2010 Ocean Literacy Summit.

* A proposal submitted by the Seacoast Science Center to NOAA’s Informal Education Grant Program for “Families by the Seaside.” This project would support partnerships between NEOSEC members and community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop and implement shoreline education programs for families, using Web 2.0 technologies to document, share, and continue their learning experiences.

Glaciers and Ocean Currents, Article and Animation

With many of Greenland’s glaciers rapidly shrinking, WHOI oceanographers ask whether warming ocean currents could be hastening their retreat.  This article and animation from Oceanus explore A Glacier’s Pace: Are ocean currents hastening the retreat of Greenland’s glaciers?
http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=73766&sectionid=1000

Dinoflagellates Podcast from the Encyclopedia of Life

Ari Daniel Shapiro is joined for this episode of The Podcast of Life by science contributor Josh Kurz, who tells the story of dinoflagellates through “music from the bottom of the food chain.” There are “billions of these microscopic creatures in every bucket of the salty sea,” Kurz reveals. Learn which dinoflagellate has a special glow, and which one is responsible for killing more people every year than sharks. Listen to the Dinoflagellates podcast.

Summer Coastal Studies for Girls – Maine

Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG) is the country’s first and only residential marine science and leadership semester school just for 10th grade girls, located on the rocky coast of Freeport, Maine.  Girls from New England and beyond spend the fall or spring studying hands-on marine and environmental science and experiencing outdoor leadership adventures in our ideal natural classroom, laboratory and playground.  There are still have a few spaces left for current 9th grade girls for upcoming Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters.  Scholarships are available. For more information visit <http://www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org>

Job Opportunity: House Leader, Massachusetts

Sea Education Association (www.sea.edu) is providing summer academic programs for high school students where students live on SEA’s Woods Hole campus, study oceanography, nautical science and maritime studies, and then sail and do oceanographic research.  Students experience a rigorous schedule of lecture, labs and field activities like piloting and a trip to the salt marsh while on shore.  House Leader positions are open for the onshore Science at Sea course with preference to those who commit to participate in both SAS I (July 20-Aug 4) and SAS II (Aug 2-14) programs.  Duties include resident assistant type roles like facilitating wake-ups, cooking, student support and inspiration as well as teaching assistant responsibilities like attending lecture, co-leading labs, classroom preparation and student homework support.  Experience and/or interest working as a team and building a supportive community is important.

Submit a resume and cover letter by June 4, 2010 to Brenda Cetrulo, Science at Sea Program Director at brendacetrulo@gmail.com. For more information, see http://www.sea.edu/aboutsea/employment.aspx or contact Brenda Cetrulo at brendacetrulo@gmail.com.  You must be 21 years of age at time of the course to apply.

Summer Program for High School Students, Maine

Sustainable Ocean StudiesGOMMEA is pleased to help spread the word about Sustainable Ocean Studies (SOS), an inspiring and rigorous month-long summer program focused on promoting ocean sustainability.  July 6-30th 2010, Portland Maine

Sponsored by Waynflete School, this technology-rich, field based, and community oriented experience is open to rising 11th and 12th grade students and current graduating seniors.   Using the Gulf of Maine as the classroom, SOS blends adventure and hands-on experiences in a variety of ecosystems with important dialogue about the ecology, economics, policies and people of the ocean.  Please know there are scholarship opportunities available for interested students.  For more information go to www.waynflete.org/summertime or you can contact the Director of SOS, David Vaughan at dvaughan@waynflete.org,  207.774.5721 ext. 318

PD Workshop: Exploring Ocean Literacy through Science and Children’s Literature, Maine

When: June 28-30, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: On the seaside campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), South Portland, Maine

Use hands-on science activities, field experiences, relevant children’s literature, and local scientific data to learn about the marine life, water quality, and environmental issues of our coastal waters.   Every participant will take away:

40 ready-to-use activities in science and literacy geared to 4-6th grades, adaptable to other grade levels

Ocean-related children’s books and reference guides

Maps, props, and equipment for your classroom

Consultation to tailor activities to your curriculum

15 contact hours for recertification purposes (1.5 CEUs)

This course is offered in conjunction with the University of Southern Maine’s Professional Development Center. By special arrangement, the cost of the course has been reduced from the University’s standard fee of $295 to $250.

Register for EDIS 1766 at (207) 780-5055 or pdc@usm.maine.edu.

Contact keeper@cascobay.org or (207)799-8574.

NOAA Workshop for Teachers, Rhode Island

Professional Development Workshop for Science Teachers Grades 6-12, A Module of Five Lessons for Middle School and High School Focusing on Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration

Parts I and II – Two Days,  July 7–28, 2010
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The University of Rhode Island SMILE Program (Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences)
Kingston, Rhode Island

This ocean curriculum focuses on the exciting area of deep sea exploration.  It is a window into the nature of scientific inquiry under extreme conditions.The activities in both the middle school and high school 5-day curriculum were selected from a large bank of material developed by NOAA or by individuals or organizations associated with NOAA.  The modules are meant to be an initial excursion into the wide realm of ocean science.  Students will gain a basic understanding of ocean characteristics involved in ocean exploration, find out about biological, chemical, and geologic discoveries in the ocean depths and different careers of ocean researchers.

Join The SMILE Program as you do inquiry-based and hands-on activities tied directly to ocean expeditions during this two-day workshop. Both 5-day modules address the Science Grade Span Expectations used by Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  Activities written and tested by scientists and educators enable your students to model ocean science exploration in your classroom. Use these lessons in biology, earth, physical and marine science courses to connect your students to the excitement of NOAA Ocean Exploration.

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend both full-day workshops will receive a $100 stipend. Each participant will receive the curriculum presented during the workshop, a Certificate of Participation, and continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration Deadline is July 13, 2010.

To register: Contact Director of The SMILE Program, Carol Englander at englanca@etal.uri.edu or (401) 874-2036.

Lecture on Great White Sharks

On Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster will present Great White Shark Tagging with Dr. Greg Skomal, biologist with the State Division of Marine Fisheries.  Dr. Skomal’s research in tagging Great White Sharks off Monomoy Island to track their migratory patterns has been widely reported and has drawn considerable public interest.
He will present an exciting program on the pop-up satellite transmitting tagsplaced on Great White Sharks off Chatham last summer and what the scientific community is learning about the travels and behavior of this ancient and mythic animal. Cape Cod’s growing seal population points to continued and greater sightings of the Great White Shark. Dr. Skomal is the author of The Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World.

This presentation is a special opportunity to hear about current shark studies by an international shark expert who cares deeply about the protection of the marine environment. For further information, contact the Museum at 508-896-3867or visit  www.ccmnh.org