Invitation- Hurricane Science and Education Symposium, New Orleans

The University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) in partnership with the Louisiana State Museum (LSM) invite both formal and informal science educators to submit an application to participate in the Hurricane Science and Education Symposium to be held at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, on October 25, 2010. Airfare, meals, and lodging costs for formal an informal science educators will be covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation and support from the Louisiana State Museum.

The symposium is being planned as part of the launch events for a new comprehensive website, Hurricanes: Science and Society (to be launched on October 25, 2010), and a new exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans (to be opened on October 26, 2010). Participants in the Symposium will end the day at an evening reception at the Museum for a preview of the exhibition, Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond.

If you are interested in participating in the Hurricane Science and Education Symposium, please go to the following link to submit an application:

The application deadline is July 27, 2010. We will be selecting the participants and announcing the results in mid-August. Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues.

Contact for further information: Holly Morin, email:

Hurricanes, Science and Society: Weeklong Summer Institute for Teachers

The Office of Marine Programs (OMP) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is accepting applications for a 1-week Summer Institute for teachers on hurricane science and hurricane impacts on society. The Institute is open to middle and high school science teachers from the Southern New England region. The Institute will introduce teachers to hurricane science, observation and forecasting, preparation for hurricanes, and the impacts of hurricanes. Participants will interact with leading hurricane science researchers and visit coastal field locations as part of the Institute. During the Institute, participants will develop an activity related to hurricanes that they can use in their classrooms. OMP is conducting this Institute as part of the development of a new online resource about hurricanes:  Hurricanes, Science and Society.

Applications are available here:

You can either type in your information and email it to the contact below, or you can print it out and mail it to the address listed on the application.
Dates: July 26-July 30, 2010

Location: URI Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI

Contact: Holly Morin –

Application Deadline: May 7 (postmarked by May 7, 2010, for those submitting their applications via USPS)
Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend.  All travel costs are responsibility of the participant.

Hurricane Resources for the Classroom

June 1 is the start of the hurricane season.  Annenberg Media offers resources that can help you learn and teach about hurricanes.  The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science, Unit 2 describes hurricanes in Section 7 of the online textbook.  In an interview with MIT Professor Kerry Emanuelhe explains what a hurricane is and how it forms.  The weather interactiv helps you to understand the forces that influence weather, hurricanes, and other powerful storms.  Dr. Emanuel explains what computer models and an energy systems approach can reveal about the behavior of hurricanes in Science in Focus: Energy, Workshop 6, “Energy and Systems,” and his MIT home page has additional information on hurricanes, tracking models, and various resources related to cyclonic storms.