Educators Invited to Join Research Cruise

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) invites educators and videographers to apply to sail on the JOIDES Resolution to serve as an onboard Education/Outreach Officer during Expedition 330: Louisville Seamount Trail (expedition dates are December 13, 2010–February 12, 2011). This expedition will explore the relative movement of the Louisville and Hawaiian hotspots to investigate plate motion in the Pacific. It will sample ancient lava flows to provide key insights into the evolution and melting processes of the Louisville volcanoes between 80 and 50 million years ago. Deep Earth Academy (IODP’s education program) invites interested high school educators, informal science specialists, and videographers to apply to be a part of this exciting scientific endeavor.

The selected education/outreach officer will be responsible for sharing the science story with the outside world, including students, educators, and the general public. He/she will coordinate educational activities on board, such as blogging, maintaining social networking sites and facilitating live video conferences to classrooms, museums and special events on shore. If a videographer is selected, he/she will produce weekly video updates for YouTube, longer documentary-style pieces, interviews with scientists, and other pieces to be determined. Successful applicants will be enthusiastic about science and education; innovative, open minded, and excited about sharing exploration and discovery. All expenses to and from the ship’s ports of call (both in Auckland, NZ) and during the expedition will be paid by Deep Earth Academy. A stipend will also be provided. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2010.  Applications are available at http://joidesresolution.org/node/453.

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