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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

Next Webinar in COSEE ROLE Model Webinar Series

November 3 at 7pm ET – What’s in a Model? – Understanding the Science of the Skies, featuring Dr. Carolyn Jordan (University of New Hampshire) and Kate Leavitt (Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH).

You may have heard the term “models” used by scientists to predict events (such as hurricane paths, or weather forecasts) or better understand things like climate change or ocean currents, but what are models, and how are they really used? University of New Hampshire scientist Dr. Jordan will present a concept map about the study of climate and the atmosphere through models. Dr. Jordan will use aerosols – tiny particles in the atmosphere that influence weather and climate – to explain why models make a big difference in our understanding of the earth and atmosphere. In the second part of the webinar, educator Kate Leavitt from the Seacoast Science Center will describe her efforts working with Science Center staff to create programs about aerosols for young children.  Sign up here!

COSEE Webinar: Melting Icebergs and Marine Ecosystems

October 20 at 7pm ET: Measuring Melts & Metals : Implications for Marine Ecosystems. Featuring : Dr. Ben Twining (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) and Annette deCharon (COSEE-Ocean Systems)

Think melting icebergs only affect sea level or ocean salinity? Dr. Twining will discuss his recent research in the Arctic focusing on the role of icebergs in the ocean’s nutrient cycles and carbon uptake as they act as a source of chemicals (such as iron) that enrich the biological communities around them – with potential global-scale implications. Using a suite of technologies (including remotely operated vehicles and planes) Dr. Twining has been collecting data to reveal what’s going on in the ocean – even under the surface of the ice. The second portion of the presentation will feature COSEE-OS director Annette deCharon describing different concept mapping activities that encourage team building, reflection on personal and career pathways, and exploring diverse individual perspectives.  [sign up here]

Webinars are held every other Wednesday at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Registering allows you to contribute your own questions for scientists to answer during the webinar. Details on all upcoming webinars are available at http://cosee.umaine.edu/programs/webinars/upcomingwebinars/.

Research-Based Webinars Begin Sept 22

What do Persistent Organic Pollutants, carbon cycle, ocean technologies, aerosols, and climate change models have in common? You can learn about all of them from world-class researchers — and get customizable versions of these scientists’ interactive concept maps — from the comfort of your living room! Free and easy to attend, ROLE (Research-based Online Learning Event ) Model webinars offer direct access to scientists as well as take-home resources that can be used immediately.  All you’ll need in order to participate are a telephone and an Internet connection!  Brought to you by COSEE Ocean Systems.

The first webinar is Sept. 22 at 7pm ET and features scientist Penny Vlahos who will talk about persistent organic pollutants, including the recent Gulf of Mexico Oil spill’s impacts.  Sign up here!

Webinars will be held every other Wednesday at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Registering allows you to contribute your own questions for scientists to answer during the webinar. Details on all upcoming webinars are available at http://cosee.umaine.edu/programs/webinars/upcomingwebinars/ and login information will be provided after you register.

Webinars: A New Way of Connecting Museums and Schools – Workshop

Webinars are a creative tool that museums and arts organizations can use to reach out to schools and new audiences.  Tom Daccord of EdTechTeacher introduces ways to use this exciting technology that combines traditional classroom methods—visual media, white board writing, and conversation—allowing participants to virtually be a part of a larger classroom.  Workshop registration is open to museum professionals, educators, and others who are interested in learning how webinars can help their organization interact and connect with audiences around the world.  The $25 registration fee includes lunch and morning coffee.  The workshop is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

Friday, June 4 or Saturday, June 5,  9:00 am–3:30 pm, National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA

781-861-6559, www.nationalheritagemuseum.org