Category Archives: Announcements

Earth Science Literacy Framework

The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI), funded by the National Science Foundation, has gathered and codified the underlying understandings of Earth sciences into a succinct document that will have broad-reaching applications in both public and private arenas. It establishes the “Big Ideas” and supporting concepts that all Americans should know about Earth sciences. The resulting Earth Science Literacy framework will also become part of the foundation, along with similar documents from the Oceans, Atmospheres and Climate communities, of a larger geoscience Earth Systems Literacy effort.  More


Living on the Ocean Planet Video Contest Winners

The winning videos submitted to the 2009 National Ocean Sciences Bowl “Living on the Ocean Planet” Video Contest, sponsored by the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) and the Census of Marine Life, have been announced. The contest helped to inspire high school students to create a two minute video that would serve to increase ocean science awareness among family, friends and the public. Watch the videos

News Release : Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle “Nereus” Reaches Deepest Part of the Ocean

A new type of deep-sea robotic vehicle called Nereus has successfully reached the deepest part of the world’s ocean, reports a team of U.S. engineers and scientists aboard the research vessel Kilo Moana. The dive to 10,902 meters (6.8 miles) occurred on May 31, 2009, at the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean.  More

NASA Satellite Detects Red Glow to Map Global Ocean Plant Health

Researchers have conducted the first global analysis of the health and productivity of ocean plants, as revealed by a unique signal detected by a NASA satellite. Ocean scientists can now remotely measure the amount of fluorescent red light emitted by ocean phytoplankton and assess how efficiently the microscopic plants are turning sunlight and nutrients into food through photosynthesis. They can also study how changes in the global environment alter these processes, which are at the center of the ocean food web. Read more

Summer Professional Development Workshop at the New England Aquarium

Climate Science and the Oceans
For 6th – 12th grade teachers
Dates: Monday, August 10 – Thursday, August 13
Times: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Follow up meeting date to be decided during summer session.

Credit: 3 graduate credits or 67.5 PDPs for 36 hours of contact time
Credit offered through Framingham State College and Cambridge College for additional cost

Location:
New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Instructors:
Pat Harcourt—Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,
Jayshree Oberoi—New England Aquarium
Nicole Scola—New England Aquarium
Additional guest experts

Cost of the workshop: $150 (cost for the graduate credits not included)

For registration information, email trc@neaq.org or call 617-973-6590

Course Description:
Climate change is among the most important scientific issues of our time. There is an intricate relationship between climate system and ecosystems. We will focus particularly on ocean ecosystems and consider rising sea levels and melting ice caps as indicators of a changing climate. We will also consider ocean acidification as a related topic with implications for marine life and systems. Climate change and acidification of the world’s oceans are relevant topics for today’s students to learn important concepts in science and applied math. We will also examine topics in renewable energy topics that can help students learn about technology, engineering and design as skills to help create solutions to major challenges in the world.

This course will explicitly align topics and contents with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks. We will integrate math, science and technology, using practical hands-on lessons as well as facilitating ideas for additional hands-on learning for students. Within the broad ocean system, we will utilize New England coastal ecosystems as local representatives of the impacts of climate change. We think that focusing on local environments and habitats can help students to make more personal meaning from their lessons and connect their learning with ways that land, sea and atmosphere interact with and affect water, marshes, birds, fish and shellfish.

Participating teachers will practice with hands-on learning activities as well as hearing from expert presenters and collect resources to teach about climate science, coastal systems, and renewable energy. We’ll sort out climate fact from fiction, study effects of climate change on oceans, collect data and design investigations for students. Participants will leave with lesson plans they can use with their students and a resource CD as well as a network of colleagues for mutual support.

Aquaculture Seminar for Educators

Topics in Aquaculture is a 4-credit, one-week course that provides an overview of aquaculture with emphasis on applications in New England.  Participants gain the skills needed to set up and operate a small, recirculating aquaculture system as a living laboratory in their classroom. Held June 22-26 at Cat Cove Marine Laboratory, Department of Biology, Salem State College, Salem, MA.  For details contact instructor Joe Buttner <jbuttner@salemstate.edu>

Research Shows New Circulation Pathway in North Atlantic

Research led by oceanographers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Duke University have expanded the understanding of the North Atlantic ocean circulation model. Using field observations and computer models, their research shows that much of the southward flow of cold water from the Labrador Sea moves not along the deep western boundary current, but along a previously unknown path in the interior of the North Atlantic.  Read more

Jellyfish Naming Contest

The Species Naming Contest for the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish is live
This is an opportunity for the public to join a team of scientsits to help give the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish a species name. This new name will become the official scientific name and appear in several scientific publications, including Zootaxa and Encyclopedia of Life. This contest is part of the Year of Science 2009 celebration for June’s Ocean and Water theme and the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science
The contest is open to everyone…families, scientists, teachers, students, etc.. Submit your own name and help spread the word!

Ocean Priorities Report

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative has released Changing Oceans, Changing World: Ocean Priorities for the Obama Administration and Congress, a report that outlines priority actions for ocean and coastal policy and management, international leadership, ocean science, and funding for ocean and coastal policies and programs. For details, see the Commission website.