Humpback Whale Feature Film Screening

Ocean Voyagers at the Music Hall
Sunday, June 14, 2009
3:00 pm

The Seacoast Science Center kicks off a whale-of-a-week with a special screening of the award-winning feature film Ocean Voyagers at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. Chosen to celebrate Animal Planet’s 10th Anniversary at London’s Cadogan Hall, the evocative film sets the stage for the June 20 opening of the Center’s exhibition Tofu: The Journey of a Humpback Whale.

Blue MermaidNarrated by Meryl Streep, Ocean Voyagers provides a startlingly intimate portrait of Humpback life through the eyes of a mother whale as she teaches her baby all he will need to know to survive in the ocean. The film is perfect for families and everyone interested in whales and the sea. A panel discussion follows the film. Ocean Voyagers’ producer Feodor Pitcairn will be joined by Allied Whale Project Director Dan DenDanto, Vicky Cornish, Vice President, Marine Wildlife Conservation of the Ocean Conservancy for a discussion of their work, research and connection to the Tofu exhibit. Feodor was an early pioneer in the use of High-Definition technology in the underwater environment. Dan has been researching Gulf of Maine whales for decades, and helped articulate Tofu’s skeleton. Vicky’s expertise is on human impacts, such as ship strikes and entanglement.

You won’t want to miss seeing one of the world’s most remarkable whale films. Ocean Voyagers won the Best Nature Film Award at the 2008 Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival.

Tickets ($8.50 general admission; $6.50 Music Hall members) are available through The Music Hall at 603-436-2400 or http://www.themusichall.org.

Research Vessel Interactive Site

The 470-foot JOIDES Resolution (JR) is one of the most important and largest earth and ocean science research vessels in the world. The JR is run by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program,  and the core samples and data that its scientists and crew bring up from the seafloor every day hold exciting and significant clues to Earth’s history, climatic changes, geologic events, and much more.  You  and your students can now get involved in this dynamic researchonlineOn this new interactive site, you can ask real scientists questions, track the ship’s location, explore daily ship blogs, watch up-to-the-minute videos (be sure to check out PNN News on the home page), and take advantage of other real time resources. Become a friend of the JR on Facebook, follow it on Twitter, and explore teaching activities for young children through college – including suggestions for how to use the website and real data from the ship.  The site also offers free posters, inflatable JR tracking globes, and other classroom materials.

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>

Sea Education Association Seminars

SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE for 3-week High School Summer Seminars as well as Fall 2009 undergraduate SEA Semesters. Based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans for almost 40 years through a fully accredited study abroad program combining the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and public policy. Intense coursework and preparation during a shore component is followed by the immediate application of students’ newfound knowledge during a sea component. Significant financial aid is available. Visit online or contact admission@sea.edu for more information.

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!