Support for Oil Spill Victims

The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport williams.edu/williamsmystic has been going on field seminars to the Gulf Coast, specifically Cocodrie and Grand Isle, LA, since the fall of 2004.  They have joined forces with a few other non-profits to create New Englanders for the Gulf. http://newenglandersforthegulf.org They are fundraising to provide monies for fisherman who are out of work to buy groceries for their families.  Two WM alumni are currently on Grand Isle to work with officials there and to hand out grocery vouchers to those in need.  Their blog: http://livingwiththespill.blogspot.com/

For more information contact  Aislinn.M.Doyle@williams.edu

Director of Admissions and Enrollment

MASNA Scholarship for Undergraduates

The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America offers the MASNA Scholarship, a $2500 scholarship for a full-time undergraduate who will be seeking a degree in a marine science field.  Visit the Scholarship Page on the MASNA website to download the application. Deadline to apply is  July 1, 2010.

Field-Based Research Program for High School Students

The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is now accepting applications for TIDAL Quest (PDF, 82 KB), a week-long, field-based research program for high school students to be held July 19-23. Applications will be accepted until the program is full.

Visual Education Conference, Maine

The University of Maine Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (CTEL) is a proud sponsor of Diverse 2010, an international conference on innovations in visual education, July 6-8 USM Portland Campus, http://usm.maine.edu/pdc/diverse/ The three-day conference is filled with workshops on telepresence, how to use video training for teacher education, finding ways to communicate concepts of virtual performance to students with autism, using video for assessment, and even a presentation on using iPads in education (see http://www.usm.maine.edu/pdc/diverse/presentations.html for the full presenter list). Educators, researchers, and innovators in visual education will be particularly interested in the sessions and the Creative Concept Coffees that will provide a forum to process the ideas with your peers.The keynote speakers include Marci Powell, Chair of the Board for the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and Global Director for Higher Education and Corporate Training at Polycom, and Benjamin Hubbard, manager of webcast.berkeley at UC Berkeley.

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.

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>

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response

NOAA Fisheries Service continues to provide data, plan surveys, and protocols to the effort. For daily updates regarding this effort please see the Unified Command’s Joint Information Center and the NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. For fishery-specific oil-related regulatory actions (i.e., closures) please see the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office website.

NMEA Candidates Include NEOSEC Member

The NMEA slate of candidates have been announced and NEOSEC’s Diana Payne is nominated for President-Elect. The slate and candidate bios for the 2010 election are posted to the NMEA website at www.marine-ed.org.   NMEA members’ ballots will be sent via the U.S. Postal system during the first week of June.

Sylvia Earle Lecture at Museum of Science

An Evening with “Her Deepness” Sylvia Earle Wednesday, May 12; 7:00 p.m.

Sylvia Earle, oceanographer; author, “The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One”; National Geographic Society explorer-in-Residence Legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle, the first woman to walk freely on the ocean floor (at a depth of 1,250 feet), has been called “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and The New York Times. An Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998 and named Time magazine’s first “hero for the planet,” Earle has been at the forefront of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She is a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them. Her latest book, The World Is Blue, reveals a global ecosystem on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis unless we act immediately. Book signing to follow.   Fee: Free. Seating is limited. Passes are available in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the program. First come, first served. Museum members may reserve a limited number of seating passes in advance. For information: http://www.mos.org/adults.