Category Archives: Online Ocean Science Education Resources

New Summer Science Facebook Page

Here in New England summer is in full swing, and several of the Summer Science camps are already in session! While we’re excited to see what discoveries the summer will bring for our campers, we are already looking forward to the Teen Ocean Summit 2011, where they’ll present their summer findings. We created a Facebook page “Summer Science in New England” for our campers, camp partners, and Summer Science participants to connect, ask questions, or present interesting information they’ve collected at camp. Please “Like” us on Facebook and help build the on-line Summer Science community!

Hurricane Information Website

Information about the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season available on the Hurricanes: Science and Society Website (www.hurricanescience.org)

On May 19, 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) released their 2011 Atlantic hurricane season outlook.
The conditions expected this year have historically produced some active Atlantic hurricane seasons. Therefore, the 2011 season could see activity comparable to a number of active seasons since 1995.

More details and a link to NOAA’s 2011 Atlantic hurricane season outlook can be found on the homepage of the Hurricanes: Science and Society website.  Links and information about Hurricane Preparedness Week, which takes from May 22-May 28, 2011, can also be located on the Hurricanes: Science and Society homepage.

The Hurricanes: Science and Society website and associated educational resources provide information on the science of hurricanes, methods of observing hurricanes, modeling and forecasting of hurricanes, how hurricanes impact society, and how people and communities can prepare for and mitigate the impacts of hurricanes. There is also a hurricane history interactive, hurricane case studies, and a special section for educators. The information on the Hurricanes: Science and Society website is based solely on published scientific research and has undergone thorough peer review by a panel of scientific experts.

The Hurricanes: Science and Society website and educational resources have been developed by the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO).  Funding has been provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information about the Hurricanes: Science and Society project, and/or to offer feedback and comments on the website, please contact Holly Morin (hmorin@gso.uri.edu).

Lecture Series, Northeastern Marine Science Center

You are cordially invited to attend any and all of the Marine Science Center’s monthly lectures this academic year, for which the schedule appears below.  Lectures are held in the Murphy Bunker at the MSC (430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908), which is ADA accessible.  Most programs last from 1 to 1.5 hours, and light refreshments are served half an hour before the program begins.  No RSVP is required.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7 pm
EFFECTS OF OCEAN WARMING ON MARINE SPECIES: HISTORY & EXPERIMENTS FOR PREDICTING THE FUTURE
Dr. Cascade Sorte, Instructor and Post-Doctoral Researcher
Department of Biology, Northeastern University

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7 pm
RESTORING AQUATIC HABITATS – FROM THE SOURCE TO THE SEA
Tim Purinton, Acting Director
Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration

ANNUAL RISER LECTURE
Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4:30pm
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AS THE CENTRAL ORGANIZING CONCEPT IN
MARINE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Dr. Emmett Duffy, Loretta and Lewis Glucksman Professor of Marine Science
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary

Vu Lam, Outreach Program Coordinator/781-581-7370 ext 321

New Webinar Series from COSEE

COSEE Ocean Systems would like to invite you to our second series of free webinars that begin on February 16. After incorporating participant feedback from the fall series, the next series of these easy-to-attend events will feature presentations and live Q&A with leading scientists in ocean and climate science and will explore topics that are fresh, relevant and engaging.

Want to know what’s happening in the Gulf of Mexico nearly nine months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster? Or, learn how scientists are using data about young lobsters to understand the past and predict the future of lobster fisheries? Have you ever wondered how global-scale changes like climate change affect the smallest of ocean animals and entire food chains? You can learn about all of these topics and more from world-class researchers — and get customizable versions of these scientists’ interactive concept maps — from the comfort of your living room! Registering in advance allows you to contribute your own questions for scientists to answer during the webinar.

The first webinar is February 16 at 7pm ET and features Dr. Rick Wahle (University of Maine) who will talk about unlocking the secret lives of juvenile lobsters.  [Sign up here!] Updated details on all webinars are available at http://cosee.umaine.edu/programs/webinars/upcomingwebinars/.

These webinars are open to anyone interested in science education, so please pass this announcement to others!  You can also watch previous webinars online, in full-length versions or short clips, and download all the accompanying materials. Webinar archive: http://cosee.umaine.edu/programs/webinars/previouswebinars

We hope to see you online soon – please let us know if you have any questions! http://cosee.umaine.edu

Live Webcast on Sea Turtles

Join Connie Merigo, manager of the New England Aquarium’s Rescue & Rehab department, for a live webcast from the new Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA.  The webcast will discuss how to tell the difference between green sea turtles and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Time: 1:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Location: http://rescue.neaq.org

North Atlantic Right Whale Podcast

Podcast from Encyclopedia of Life

North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis

Hear how research unfolds at sea. Playing female whale calls into the water, researcher Susan Parks suddenly finds herself the center of attention of a group of male North Atlantic Right Whales. Will she be able to gather crucial data before a breaching whale crashes down on her boat?  Listen to the podcast on the Encyclopedia of Life to find out!

Online Curriculum — NOAA Ocean for Life: One World, One Ocean

Ocean for Life: One World, One Ocean increases cultural understanding through ocean science by providing high quality, immersive ocean field studies and follow-on education programs to encourage students to discover common ground in marine science, conservation and how the ocean connects us all.  The Ocean for Life program is designed around three main themes: a sense of place, interconnectedness, and ocean conservation and stewardship. These themes are highlighted thought activities focusing on ocean science exploration, cultural exchanges, and youth media projects.  Learn more about this innovative program and get a sneak peek at the pre-application guidance <http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/ofl/app.html>. If adequate funds are secured, the official application will be posted in mid-January 2011.

Ocean Gazing Podcasts

The COSEE NOW Ocean Gazing Podcast has released a number of new episodes:

Slick of Oil

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill lasted three months. In July 2010, the wellhead was capped, and the oil finally stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. But the repercussions and the science? They’re far from over.

http://coseenow.net/podcast/2010/12/oil/

Other recent episodes include:

Clams in a jam

Dotted shrimp and sugary fish

An imminent thaw

MBARI: A seaside sequel

ROVers over and under

You can find the full archive of 49 Ocean Gazing episodes here:

http://coseenow.net/podcast/category/ocean-gazing-podcast/

Long Island Sound Study Newsletter

The Long Island Sound Study’s newsletter, Sound Update, is now available. Our fall 2010 issue focuses local efforts to restore our urbanized areas and create a healthier Sound.  You can access our newsletter by visiting <http://longislandsoundstudy.net/2010/12/fall-2010%E2%80%94urban-waters-issue/> .  If you would like to receive this newsletter by mail, please sign up to our mailing list under the “Stay Connected” link at: <http://longislandsoundstudy.net/>. You can also stay up-to-date with Long Island Sound news, by subscribing to our RSS Feed or joining our Facebook page!