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Attending the Ocean Literacy Summit?  

Use this post to find a carpool buddy!

This year’s Summit is in Portland, ME. Whether you are coming from further North or from the South, correspond with other attendees by commenting on this post.

To comment, click on the headline above and a comment box will open below the post. See you at the Summit!

 

Upcoming Events: Spring 2016

Finding Solutions to Our Coastal Challenges
The public is invited to Salem Sound Coastwatch’s 25th anniversary symposium on “Finding Solutions to Our Coastal Challenges.” Participants can attend one or both days: Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 8:30-12:30 each day. For a complete agenda and registration information, visit salemsound.org, email info@salemsound.org or call 978-741-7900.
Ocean Science and Technology Field Trips in Woods Hole
Zephyr Education Foundation hosts school field trips in Woods Hole which include a hands-on scientific cruise on Vineyard Sound, time in the specimen tank room at WHOI, and other activities. For more information, please visit  www.zephyrmarine.org or email Rob Reynolds
Calling All Teachers! FREE Day on Hurricane Island April 22, 2016
We are offering a FREE trip to explore and learn more about the programs we offer through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. If you are a science teacher or would like to learn more about our professional development programs, gaining CEU’s, programs for school groups, and middle and high school summer programs, we want you to come visit for the day! Space is limited! Please email programs@hurricaneisland.net to reserve your spot. Find more information about the day at http://www.hurricaneisland.net/teacher-day/
Interesting Events at Wells Reserve
Digging In: Understanding the Impacts of Cast Seaweed on Coastal Beaches, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Moonlit Beach Hike, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Communicate Climate Science, Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Earth Day Celebration, Friday, April 22, 2016, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
 Registration is open for our  Summer Professional Development Institutes offered in five Massachusetts regions: North Shore, Cape Cod, Metro-South, Merrimack, and Southeast. These programs kick off with an introductory day in June. We are also offering  Professional Development Seminars on March 17th and April 28th.

Today: Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest

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Today’s the day: go take a photo at high tide!

Join in the second Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest, taking images of the extreme high tide around midday on October 28, 2015. For more details on submitting photos, see their Participate page.

In conjunction with the Contest, communities are encouraged to organize their own King Tides events—helping people envision future changes. These could include photographic excursions, signs marking future sea levels, street theater, and gallery exhibits.

More information at http://gulfofmaine.kingtides.net/

Registration now open for 2014 High School Marine Science Symposium on March 20

The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have been hosting a High School Marine Science Symposium since 1984. This event attracts hundreds of high schoolers and their teachers to come together and learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues.  The event features both keynote speakers in a plenary format as well as hands-on break-out workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers.

Building on the success and popularity of the event, which had been held at Umass-Dartmouth since 1993, MME decided to launch a North Shore event as well.  Held at Endicott College in Beverly, the first North Shore High School Marine Science Symposium was held in March of 2013. Between two events, last year MME reached over 500 high schoolers, 60 teachers, and engaged 35 marine-related professionals in this event, as well as numerous volunteers.

Both events run from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, March 20th, and the cost is $10 per student. Teachers and chaperones attend at no cost.  Registration is now open for the 2014 events. Click on the links below for more information:

Summer Cinema by the Sea at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center

Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center will host a free summer film series. One marine or environmentally themed film will be shown in May, June, and July.

Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm
BAG IT What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies

Tuesday, June 19th at 7:00pm
A SENSE OF WONDER In the final year of her life, Carson recounts the attacks by the chemical industry, the government, and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people.

Tuesday, July 24th at 7:00pm
OCEAN FRONTIERS This new film takes us on an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country to meet an intermingling of unlikely allies, all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation in defense of the seas that sustain us.

Light refreshments will be served half an hour before the start of the program, and most films last for 1-1.5 hours. The Marine Science Center is ADA-accessible, and no reservations are required. Visit the Marine Science Center’s website for more information on dates and times of the events.

Plankton From a New Point of View

An evening lecture on the importance of marine microorganisms and their vital role as primary producers/consumers in the food web will be given on April 19 by veteran plankton specialist, Jeff Runge, PhD from U. Maine. Following the lecture, Harry Nelson, Director of Aquatic Sales & Marketing for Fluid Imaging Technologies, inc. will demonstrate the FlowCAM® and give a glimpse into the Casco Bay.

Date: April 19th
Time: 7:30-9pm
Place: Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc: 65 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME
Cost: Gulf of Maine Marine Educators Association members FREE, non-members $10
RSVP: Carol Steingart at 207-831-4436 or carolsteingart@gmail.com

Plankton From a New Point of View

An evening lecture on the importance of marine microorganisms and their vital role as primary producers/consumers in the food web will be given on April 19 by veteran plankton specialist, Jeff Runge, PhD from U. Maine. Following the lecture, Harry Nelson, Director of Aquatic Sales & Marketing for Fluid Imaging Technologies, inc. will demonstrate the FlowCAM® and give a glimpse into the Casco Bay.

Date: April 19th
Time: 7:30-9pm
Place: Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc: 65 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME
Cost: Gulf of Maine Marine Educators Association members FREE, non-members $10
RSVP: Carol Steingart at 207-831-4436 or carolsteingart@gmail.com

Science Fair Judges Needed!

The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) is looking for more than 300 judges to donate their time to evaluate middle and high school students’ independent research projects in science and engineering.

Now in its 63rd year, the annual statewide fair will feature projects of hundreds of students from across the Commonwealth. The event is Friday, May 4 at MIT in Cambridge, MA from 10am-5:30pm.

Judges are required to hold a four-year college degree in a science or technology subject, or work in a related field. Individuals interested in judging may register online.

JUDGES FROM PAST YEARS:
User ID: your email address
Password: your password

NEW JUDGES:
User ID: will be your email address
Password: you choose
Registration Code: atmit

Registered Judges will receive a confirmation email with detailed information prior to May 4, 2012.
For assistance, email judginginfo@scifair.com or call 617-491-1500

The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century

Speaker: D. Graham Burnett
Sunday, March 11, 2012
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History

From the Bible to Melville, whales were historically depicted as terrifying, mysterious monsters–deserving only of slaughter. Burnett will discuss how 20th century scientific research and environmental awareness has led to an appreciation of whales as highly evolved, complex mammals critical to marine ecosystems and deserving of regulatory protection. Regular admission rates apply.

Harvard Museum of Natural History www.hmnh.harvard.edu