Category Archives: Announcements

Teacher Survey on Use of Live Plants and Animals in Classroom

USC Sea Grant is conducting a nationwide NOAA-funded research project aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species, which includes a teacher survey on the use of live plants and animals in the classroom.  Project organizers have asked the COSEE Network to help disseminate the survey to teachers. The survey will close on July 1st.  This is a nationwide project, so input from teachers in every state, from kindergarten to university level, is needed.
By sharing your knowledge you will help develop appropriate tools that maintain the use of live organisms in the classroom while also helping to prevent the spread of potentially invasive species.

Please follow this link to fill out the survey and help with this important cause.

Please note: there will not be a follow-up focus group in the New England region, but your input is still needed!

Free Marine Invasive Species Poster Available

Marine Invasion Poster from Maine Sea Grant
Marine Invasion Poster from Maine Sea Grant

Maine Sea Grant announces the publication of a poster called “New England’s Marine Invasion” – a brightly-colored, nicely-designed 18×24″poster on aquatic nuisance species in New England’s marine waters. The posters are relevant for the entire New England region, and contact numbers are included on the posters so that residents who see any “potential invaders” can call and report their sightings. And, you may request a FREE copy of the poster by contacting Beth Bisson at Maine Sea Grant beth.bisson@maine.edu.

Report on Transforming Mathematics and Science Education

“Excellent mathematics and science learning for all American students will be possible only if we ‘do school differently’ in ways that place math and science more squarely at the center of the educational enterprise.” This is the conclusion of the Carnegie Corporation of New York two year commission study released last week in Washington, DC. The Commission study and subsequent report calls for transformative change and calls on stakeholders to establish new common standards in math and science, improve math and science teaching, and redesign schools to deliver math and science learning more effectively.  More

Presidential Ocean Proclamation

On June 12, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum Establishing an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and a Presidential Proclamation naming June 2009 National Oceans Month.  The Memorandum calls for the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force to, within 90 days, deliver recommendations for a National Policy for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes.  Within 180 days, the Task Force shall develop a recommended framework for coastal and marine spatial planning.  The Proclamation names June 2009 as National Oceans Month and calls for Americans to learn more about the oceans and what citizens can do to conserve them. Read the Memorandum and Proclamation

Teacher Survey on Use of Live Animals/Plants in Classrooms

USC Sea Grant is conducting a large, nation-wide NOAA-funded research project aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species, which includes a teacher survey on the use of live plants and animals in the classroom.. Project organizers have asked the COSEE Network to help disseminate the survey to teachers. The survey will close on July 1st.  This is a nation-wide project, so input from teachers in every state, from kindergarten to university level, is needed.
By sharing your knowledge you will help develop appropriate tools that maintain the use of live organisms in the classroom while also helping to prevent the spread of potentially invasive species.

Please follow this link to fill out the survey and help with this important cause.

Online Survey About Live Animals and Plants in the Classroom

USC Sea Grant is conducting a large, nation-wide NOAA-funded research project aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species. The survey will close on July 1st.  This is a nation-wide project, so input from teachers in every state, from kindergarten to university level, is needed. By sharing your knowledge you will help develop appropriate tools that maintain the use of live organisms in the classroom while also helping to prevent the spread of potentially invasive species. Fill out the survey

URI opens Ocean Science and Exploration Center, Pell Marine Science Library

In a ceremony at its Narragansett Bay Campus on June 1, the University of Rhode Island opened the $15 million Ocean Science and Exploration Center and the Pell Marine Science Library.  The centerpiece of the 41,000 square-foot facility is the Inner Space Center, which will use a satellite system and Internet2 to make it possible for URI scientists and students to participate in ocean-going research expeditions without leaving campus. The Center will enable scientists ashore to “step aboard” research ships around the world as they use advanced undersea vehicles developed by the Office of Naval Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to explore uncharted regions of the world. Those ships include URI’s research vessel Endeavor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Okeanos Explorer, and the Ocean Exploration Trust’s Nautilus.  Read more