Online Tools Guidebook

The COSEE Excellence in Networking Tools subgroup invites you to use the Online Tools Guidebook.  The guidebook provides easily accessible information on a wide range of online tools for collaborating, teaching, promoting, and much more.  The tools are grouped into function categories, including Graphics/Visual Tools, Project Management, Collaborative Editing, and more.

http://coseenow.net/ents/index.php/Main_Page

Oceans in the News

Oceans in the News is an editorial service from COSEE-Ocean Systems populated with current ocean research and news articles, compiled monthly.  The service is intended to provide a clearinghouse of ocean-related articles for teachers and students from reliable sources.  The articles are categorized by key phrases listed on the website, and most can be accessed in their entirety.

http://cosee1.umaine.edu/news.php

Artists and Educators on Board

Join scientists, educators, and artists on the JOIDES Resolution – Expedition 327: Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology, July 5-September 5, 2010.  Expedition 327 will install sub-seafloor observatories to monitor fluid circulation and microbial activity in the ocean’s crust, using cutting edge technology to help scientists explore unanswered questions about activity and life beneath the seafloor.  The expedition will carry a team of educators and artists, excited to communicate with you and answer your questions in multiple ways and multiple languages.  Read the blogs, follow the expedition, send in your questions, and more.

http://joidesresolution.org/node/1154

Games at NOAA

With summer here, it’s a good time to once again highlight this portal to games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.  The games highlight the science and the activities of the NOAA and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship.  Be sure to check out WaterLife, the Humpback Whale Migration Game, Storm Tracker, and more.

http://games.noaa.gov/

Adopt a Microbe

Students, teachers, groups, everyone can Adopt a Microbe from the deep biosphere, an outreach project of the Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology expedition (see above).  Get to know your microbe through weekly activities and submit your projects online for prizes.  The website will be completed soon, but has enough information on it already to get you started.

http://sites.google.com/site/adoptamicrobe/

Oil Spill Rescue Efforts Blogs

In the months since the Deepwater Horizon well began spewing crude oil, several New England Aquarium teams have flown to the Gulf to offer support. Follow the Rescue Blog for reports on their efforts to suds off sea turtles and first-hand impressions of the oil barriers protecting shorelines.

Oil Spill Webinar – Live Online Discussion

Sea Research Foundation has been working collaboratively with key institutions in the Gulf region to assist with oil spill efforts. On July 7, people around the world can get up-to-date information on the oil spill from Sea Research staff and ask them questions during a live web panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m.

Accessible through immersionlearning.org/webinars, the roundtable will include Public Conservation Programs Manager MaryEllen Mateleska; Stranding Coordinator Janelle Schuh; and Staff Veterinarian and Director of Animal Care Dr. Allison Tuttle. Vice President of Education Kelly Matis will serve as moderator. The group will provide an overview of the oil spill and Sea Research Foundation’s involvement both in Mystic and Louisiana, as well as show how oil affects various marine animals and coastal habitats. Viewers – which will include students at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country through Immersion Learning, Sea Research Foundation’s national education division – will have the opportunity to submit questions before and during the discussion.

Information on the Gulf Coast, the effect of oil on marine animals and how people can help protect oceans is available at mysticaquarium.org. At Immersion Learning’s Web site (immersionlearning.org) and Facebook page, kids can find up-to-the-minute news coverage on the oil spill.

Climate Change Conversation with WHOI Scientist

Climate change is real and our options are clear, says WHOI oceanographer Ray Schmitt in a conversation with Oceanus. He served on the National Research Council study group whose new report, America’s Climate Choices, lays out the state of climate science, the steps we should take to combat climate change—and the consequences if we do not.

Science in Service to the Nation
A conversation with oceanographer Ray Schmitt
http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=77226&sectionid=1001

Follow Plastics at Sea Expedition

Follow Sea Education Association’s “Plastics at SEA” Expedition, the first federally funded research expedition on plastic pollution in the North Atlantic. To date, this research cruise has counted 42,186 pieces of plastic in 71 net tows over a period of 19 days. Although they have been averaging 100 or 200 pieces of plastic per tow, on Monday, June 21, one of the nets recovered 23,000 pieces of plastic in a 30-minute tow which translates to about 26 million pieces per km2. This is a record for SEA, which has been sampling plastic marine debris in the Atlantic Ocean for more than 25 years.

Watch the mid-cruise report

Listen to Captain Chris McGuire’s audio report from sea

Visit http://plastics.sea.edu/ daily for the latest information

Lecture: A Similar Event, Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill – New Bedford

John W. Farrington will return to Ocean Voice on Thursday, July 1, to present “A Similar Event:  The 1979 IXTOC I Oil Well Spill Research Cruise:  Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill”.  If you are curious and concerned about what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Farrington may have the answers.  If you would like to learn more than the evening news reports, come to the Ocean Explorium to hear John W. Farrington talk about his experience and scientific research concerned with oil pollution in the marine environment. Dr. Farrington was aboard a scientific expedition that assessed the environmental fate of the IXTOC-l oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979.  Lessons learned from that research cruise and how they inform our response to the on-going Deepwater Horizon spill will be presented and discussed.  Currently Professor and Interim Dean of the School for Marine Science and Technology of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dr. Farrington is also Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he served as Associate Director for Education and Dean from 1990 to 2002, and as Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean from 2002 until 2005.  Doors open at 6:15 for refreshments and mingling in the Ocean Explorium.  Talk begins at 7 pm.  Ocean Voice admission:  $4/Adult, $3/Senior, Child.  The Ocean Explorium is located at 174 Union Street in downtown New Bedford and is handicap accessible via the rear entrance.  For more information, contact Betsy Pye at 508.994.5400 or bpye@oceanexplorium.org or go to the Ocean Explorium website at oceanexplorium.org