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EXCITING EVENTS of 2012

2012

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National Science Teachers Association Conference
March 23-31
QuikScience Recognition Event
April 5
CREST Day
April 19
November 12
COSEE-West Advisory Board & Teacher Training
May 7
Fish Tales: California's Fisheries from Science to Management
May 12
JPL Open House
June 9-10
Teacher Exchange: COSEE-West and CIRES
June 25-29
Ocean Observing Systems, COSEE-West
July 30-August 3
M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Annual Conference and Training
August 8-11
Coastal Ocean Ecology Field Trip for Teachers
August 8
Satellites & Education Conference XXV
and Pre-Conference Activities
August 8-11
G.L.O.B.E. Teacher Training Comes to Satellites & Education Conference XXV
August 9-11
COSEE Presentation at
National Marine Educators Association
June 25-28
GLOBE Unveils New Web Site Design
July 9
Special Tour for Teachers of the SpaceX Manufacturing and Assembly Facitlity
August 9
Annual Meeting Satellite Educators Association
August 9
"Ocean Acidification"
A COSEE West Teacher Workshop
October 6
NASA/JPL Climate Day
November 2
Report
Satellites & Education Conference Celebrates 25 Years
August 8-11
Report
Satellites & Education Conference:
Super Professional Development for Teachers
August 8-11
Report
Satellites & Education Conference:
NOAA-EPP's Marlene Kaplan Responds to M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Annual Research Report
August 8-11
Report
Satellites & Education Conference:
GLOBE Training Energizes Teachers
August 10 & 11
Water Cycle, Ocean Circulation, Ocean Observing Satellites, Climate
Aquarius Educators Workshop at NASA/JPL
November 9-10
QuickSCience Surf to Science Rally
University of Southern California
November 12



2012 National Conference of the National Science Teachers Association in Indianapolis

The National Conference of the National Science Teachers Association Conference (NSTA) was March 9 to April 1 in Indianapolis. Recaps of this important gathering of science teachers and other NSTA conferences are available online. The NSTA web site is the place to check for announcements of future conferences and a multitude of news, resource and support items for science teachers of all levels. Information flyers for the Satellites & Education Conference and its Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events (M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.) program were available at the exhibit booths of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP).

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsta.org

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QuikScience 2012 Recognition Event

Winners of the 2012 QuikSCience Challenge will be announced on April 5, 2012. All teams are invited to a recognition event at the headquarters of Quiksilver, Inc. The event offers an opportunity to see all the projects entered in this year's competition. It includes food, a raffle and special prizes, and concludes with the announcement of the winning teams for the 2012 QuikSCience Challenge and the winners of the 2012 Ocean Leadership Awards.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.usc.edu/org/quikscience/

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CREST Day 2012 at CCNY

Hundreds of local New York City metro region high schools students are expected to attend the 2012 CREST Day on April 19 at the Grove School of Engineering, the City College of New York. Students with backgrounds in science, math, technology, and engineering will attend this open house event with their teachers. Students will hear presentations on environmental and earth sciences with remote sensing science and engineering applications, and receive information about future career pathways, delivered by guest speakers from NOAA and aerospace business leaders. Interactive poster sessions, CREST information, and tours of CREST facilities and laboratories are featured during this event.

For more information, please visit:

http://crest.ccny.cuny.edu/education-and-outreach/k-12-activities/crst-day/#noaa-crest-day/

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COSEE-West Advisory Board and Networking Meeting, Teacher Training Opportunities

The West Coast Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE-West) will hold its regular Advisory Board and Networking Meeting on May 7 at the University of Southern California. Abundant, exciting, and relevant teacher training opportunities are also described on the web site.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/

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Fish Tales: California's Fisheries from Science to Management

COSEE-West invites you to participate in this intriguing workshop with Dr. Kevin Chu of the National Marine Fisheries Service on Saturday, May 12 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the Back Bay Service Center in Newport Beach, California.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/workshops.html

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Open House at NASA JPL

The annual Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California opens its doors from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Last year the event welcomed over 38,000 visitors. The theme of last year's event was "The Excitement of Exploration," invited visitors to share in the wonders of space through high-definition and 3-D videos, live demonstrations, interactions with scientists and engineers, and a first look at JPL's new Earth Science Center.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/open-house.cfm

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Teacher Exchange: COSEE-West and CIRES

COSEE-West will host five teachers sponsored by the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies (CIRES) for the Ocean Observing Systems: Summer Teacher Insitute 2012, July 30 to August 3. Although located 1,500 miles from an ocean coast, oceans have a profound effect on the interior of the U.S. This professional development program will give teachers first-hand knowledge of the local importance of the oceans and climate connection. Collaborations between inland and coastal classrooms will broaden student knowledge. The teachers will be developing lesson plans that incorporate ocean observation data into their classrooms.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/workshops.html   and   http://cires.colorado.edu/education/outreach/cosee/

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Ocean Observing Systems: Summer Teacher Institute 2012

COSEE-West will conduct its annual summer teacher institute July 30-August 3. "Ocean Observing Systems," this year's theme, is a free five day institute for middle and high school teachers. It will be held at the University of Southern California (USC), the Ocean Insitute, the Cabrillo Museum Aquarium, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Teachers must apply and be accepted to attend. The application is available on line. Application dealdine is April 16.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/PDFs/OOSWorkshopflyer2012.pdf

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M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. International Meeting at the 25th Anniversary Satellites & Education Conference

Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events (M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.) student research teams and their teachers from high schools around the globe will meet at Satellites & Education Conference XXV August 8-11 at California State University, Los Angeles. These school teams have been studying the impact of global environmental issues on their local school areas for the past year. At the conference, they will present their research, work together to identify global trends and decide on the direction for their research in the coming year. They present their combined findings at the closing session of the Satellites & Education Conference. Students learn and practice techniques of scientific investigation; methods of data processing, analysis and interpretation; leadership; and effective communication. They work with NOAA and NASA scientists and engineers and experience university campus life.

For more information please visit:

M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. page   and   http://SatEd.org

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Coastal Ocean Ecology Field Trip for Teachers

Satellites & Education Conference XXV is pleased to invite teachers of all grade levels to join a one-day tour of the southern California coast line on August 8 led by Dr. Steve LaDochy and Dr. Pedro Ramirez of California State University, Los Angeles. The majority of the California coast is eroding. Climate change and associated sea level rise will likely accelerate coastal erosion leading to removal of beaches, increased cliff retreat and damage to buildings. Teachers will examine first-hand coastal features and processes including landforms, erosion, and evidence of sea level change as well as contribute to discussion of efforts to mitigate coastal erosion. Participants must be registered for the Satellites & Education Conference. Field trip cost is $40 and includes lunch.

For more information, please visit:

http://SatEd.org

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Satellites & Education Conference Celebrates 25 Years

The 25th anniversary Satellites & Education Conference will be held August 9-11 at California State University, Los Angeles. Founded in 1989 in response to an overwhelmingly positive turn out for the first Satellites & Education Conference, the Satellite Educators Association is a non profit, professional organization of educators and others working to enhance the education environment to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math through space-based technology -- satellites and satellite data.

For more information, please visit:

http://SatEd.org

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G.L.O.B.E. Teacher Training Comes to Satellites & Education Conference XXV

Teacher training for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (G.L.O.B.E.) program will be conducted as a strand of concurrent sessions at the Satellites & Education Conference XXV August 9-11 at California State University, Los Angeles. The training will be conducted by G.L.O.B.E. Partner NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory under the direction of Peter Falcon. Teachers will learn about the G.L.O.B.E. Program, envirnomental measurement protocols and equipment for use with their students, G.L.O.B.E.'s ineractive web site including student data entry, research projects, and so much more. Participants must be registered for the conference. There is no additional fee.

For more information, please visit:

http://SatEd.org

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"Promoting Scientist/Educator Engagement Instructors"

Shawn Rowe and Laura Dover of COSEE Pacific Partnerships and Susan O'Brien of Oregon State University, Environmental Sciences, will present a workshop at the National Marine Educators Association Conference at the University of Alaska Anchorage, June 25-28, 2012. "Anyone who has worked to bring ocean scientists and marine educators together for formal or informal education programming knows that it can be both rewarding for everyone involved AND very difficult to do. In this workshop, presenters will draw on evaluation and research from three projects..."

For more information, please visit:

http://www.pacname.org/2012-AK/2012_field.shtml#pre

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GLOBE to Unveil New Web Site

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program will unveil a newly overhauled web site on July 9. Advance notice in the e-mailed GLOBE Newsletter reports the new web site will feature enhanced visualization and collaboration capabilities for student and teacher users. The current web site characteristics and the original "Classic GLOBE" look and feel will be folded into the new architecture and no longer accessible after the unveiling. Thanks to Raytheon for supporting the overhaul.

For more information, please visit:

http://globe.gov

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Special Tour for Teachers of the SpaceX Manufacturing and Assembly Facitlity

Satellites & Education Conference XXV is pleased to invite teachers of all grade levels to join a hosted tour of the SpaceX space flight maufacturing and assembly facitlity in Hawthorne, California. See first-hand the future of human space travel. Participants must be registered for the Satellites & Education Conference. There is no additional cost. Register on-line. Space limited; firt come, first served.

For more information, please visit:

http://SatEd.org

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Satellite Educators Association Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Satellite Educators Association will be August 9, 2012, at California State University, Los Angeles. The meeting is open to all; only currently active members may vote. The business meeting is annually scheduled during the pre-conference activities of the Satellites & Education Conference. Founded in 1989 in response to an overwhelmingly positive turn out for the first Satellites & Education Conference, the Satellite Educators Association is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation, a professional organization of educators and others working to enhance the education environment to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math through space-based technology -- satellites and satellite data. This year it will springboard the 25th annual Satellites & Education Conference that officially opens Friday, August 10.

For more information, please visit:

http://SatEd.org

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"Ocean Acidification" - A COSEE West Teacher Workshop

Dr. Anita Leinweber will lead a COSEE West teacher workshop on October 6, 2012, at the University of California at Los Angeles from 8:00am to 3:30pm. The workshop will feature information about currrent research and hands-on activities correlated to the California standards. Dr. Leinweber received her masters in Physical Oceanography at the University of Hamburg, Germany. The impact of increased CO2 in the atmosphere on climate change sparked her interest in working interdisciplinary. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Rostock, Germany, investigating the CO2 cycle in the Baltic Sea. She is now an Assistant Researcher at UCLA's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Her current research focuses on the role of the coastal oceans in the global inorganic carbon cycle.

To register for the workshop please contact 310-206-8247 or cosee.west@gmail.com and provide your full name, email, phone number, and grade level(s) you teach.

http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west

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NASA/JPL Climate Day Fair

The annual NASA/JPL Climate Day Fair, scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Convention Center in Pasadena, California, is produced by NASA and California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Attended by bus loads of K-12 students and their teachers in addition to the general public, Climate Day will feature hands-on learning sessions, an exhibit hall with lots of handouts and current information about global climate research and so many opportunities to become involved. A special highlight in the past has been NASA's Science-on-a-Sphere. The NASA Climate Day web site includes pictures and video clips of Climate Day 2011 and 2010 as well as links to a bountiful treasure chest of educational resources for teachers and students of all grade levels. All materials needed to construct a Climate Day Fair in your own classroom or school are also available on-line through links from the web site. The NASA/JPL Climate Day Fair 2012 is led by Annie Richardson of NASA's Ocean Surface Topography Mission Educational Outreach office. Please check web site below regularly for Climate Day 2012 announcements.

Don't miss your chance to register for this fabulous event.

http://climate.nasa.gov/NASAClimateDay/

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Satellites & Education Conference Celebrates 25 Years

The 25th anniversary Satellites & Education Conference was held August 8-11 at California State University, Los Angeles, celebrating a quarter century of service to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. K-12 teachers, university educators, pre-service teachers, high school students of the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. program, government-supported science and education outreach specialists, and aerospace leaders were welcomed by Dean Davis, Satellite Educators Association (SEA) Vice President, and Dr. Mary Falvey, Dean of the Charter College of Education at Cal State LA.

Dr. Gregory Robinson, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS) opened the conference on Friday, August 10. Robinson spoke of the mission of NOAA-NESDIS in operating our nation's system of weather satellites and the many career choices available to young people today in that field.

Robert Winokur, Deputy Oceanographer of the U.S. Navy and from 1993-1999 Assistant Administrator of NOAA-NESDIS, reminded listeners of milestone advancements in satellite remote sensing technology in service to human welfare during the last 50 years. A long-time supporter of the Satellites & Education Conference, Winokur congratulated the youth for their attendance and encouraged them to follow in the footsteps of space and remote sensing pioneers going before them.

Dr. Michael Hanes, CEO of the Whittaker Science and the Arts Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and co-founder of the Satellites & Education Conference in 1988 as Dean of the School of Education at West Chester University, spoke by video link of the importance of the continued emphasis on education as the keystone to a brighter future.

A distinguished panel of award winning high school science teachers plus the Outreach Director of the National Weather Service reflected on the accomplishments of a quarter century of STEM education using satellite technology in the classroom and the challenges we face today to engage students and encourage them towards thought provoking STEM careers. The panel included Ron Gird, National Weather Service Outreach Director and coordinator of the Young Meteorologist Program. Gird was present at the first conference in 1988 and has served on the Satellite Educators Association (SEA) advisory board and conference planning committee since. Also present at the first conference were founding members of the SEA including Duane Laursen, retired California science teacher and founding M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. teacher who is now SEA Treasurer and an education and remote sensing consultant to the Algalita Marine Foundation committed to illuminating issues of non-biodegradable plastic trash drifting in the Pacific Ocean; John Tillery, a very creative retired Virginia science teacher who served as the first SEA vice president and was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the conference in 1994; Pete Arvedson, retired California science teacher and founding M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. teacher who is an emeritus member of the California Teacher Advisory Council and consultant for the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. program. Rounding out the panel was John Moore, retired New Jersey science teacher and founding M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. teacher who recently completed a term as an Eisenhower Fellow for the National Science Foundation. Moore joined the conference in 1989.

The Satellite Educators Association (SEA), producer of the conference, was founded in 1989 in response to an overwhelmingly positive turn out for the first Satellites & Education Conference. It is a non profit 501(c)(3), professional organization of educators and others who want to enhance the education environment to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math through space-based technology - satellites and satellite data. Association activities include professional development for teachers, especially the annual Satellites & Education Conference and its Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events (M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.) program. SEA members assist in full curriculum development with lesson activities that meet national standards; supplemental curriculum development tailored to specific state standards, learning groups, and classrooms on request; promote public outreach; and consult with aerospace businesses in meeting their educational outreach requirements. It is supported by NOAA's National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS).

"The volunteer staff is largely responsible for the success and longevity of this conference," said Dr. Paula Arvedson of Cal State LA and Satellites & Education Conference Coordinator. Under the guidance of Volunteer Coordinator Rodrigo Rosiglioni, the conference staff was visible during the conference and worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Most were from the local chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, the country's oldest educational honor society, as well as students from the Charter College of Education at Cal State LA.

For more about this conference including pictures as well as information about 2013's Satellites & Education Conference XXVI, you are invited to regularly visit:

http://SatEd.org

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Satellites & Education Conference: Super Professional Development for Teachers

Eighteen concurrent sessions in six blocks spanning two days were offered at Satellites & Education Conference XXV, August 8-11, in support of teacher professional development. Topics included information updates on the new generation of geostationary weather satellites and the Joint Polar Satellite System program; teaching methods using satellites, fiction, current technologies such as geographic information systems and Google Earth, examining new galactic research through the sense of taste of a 5th grader, and the intrepid character Owlie Skywarn from NOAA's Young Meteorologist Program's on-line game developed by PLAN!T NOW and teaching disaster preparedness; current perspectives from Earth-looking satellites related to coral reef hotspots, California beach erosion, and drifting plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean; progress reports from three NOAA-CREST West research center affiliates; how to help your students build and launch their own cost-effective research satellite; and a look to a brighter future both in space exploration and the teaching profession.

Invigorating extras...
Pre-conference field trips
for teachers were new this year. On Wednesday, August 8, teachers examined first hand the erosion of Southern California beaches and discussed possible mitigation techniques. Thursday, August 9, teachers were treated to a tour of the SpaceX space vehicle design and assembly facility.

The conference banquet speaker from SpaceX Friday evening, August 10, spoke of following your dreams as you select your college pathway and search for a job. He advised looking for an employer who promotes creativity and allows you to be innovative.

The Exhibit Hall was jammed with exciting, informative, and interactive stations providing information, teaching materials and support from the Satellite Educators Association, NOAA, NASA, AIAA, as well as Boeing, Aerospace Institute, SeaSpace, Reactor Institute, Sonoma State University, and many more.

For more about this conference including pictures as well as information about 2013's Satellites & Education Conference XXVI, you are invited to regularly visit:

http://SatEd.org

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Satellites & Education Conference: NOAA-EPP's Marlene Kaplan Responds to M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Annual Research Report

The annual M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. research report was a special conference highlight of Satellites & Education Conference XXV. M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. (Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events) is the collaborative research team representing high schools in the United States, United Kingdom, and the People's Republic of China. Their 2011-2012 research focused on discovering common threads and global trends when researching the local impacts of large scale catastrophic events. Using both satellite and ground-based data, the team identified changing sea surface temperature connected with sea level rise in the San Joaquin River delta in California, the frequency and intensity of severe storms (typhoons and hurricanes) in the Western Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans, the formation of coral reef hotspots and their effect on local marine life. Additional perspectives were offered regarding the wetlands of the Los Angeles basin and the Haitian earthquake of 2010.

Dr. Marlene Kaplan, Director of NOAA's Educational Partnership Program, received and responded to the M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. report during her closing address on Saturday, August 11. She complimented the students and encouraged them to continue their pursuit of knowledge in their college careers and beyond.

For more about this conference including pictures as well as information about 2013's Satellites & Education Conference XXVI, you are invited to regularly visit:

http://SatEd.org

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Satellites & Education Conference: GLOBE Training Energizes Teachers

Teacher training for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) was offered as an alternative to concurrent sessions on Friday and again on Saturday at the 25th Satellites & Education Conference at Cal State LA August 10-11. Led by Peter Falcon from NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the training opportunity introduced teachers to the program as a whole, how to engage students in protocol-directed environmental monitoring and experience real-time science investigations. Teachers learned how to access the newly unveiled GLOBE web site for resources, information about current investigations and their lead scientists, and how to upload and download student-generated data. A highly successful venture, GLOBE was a joint development of NOAA and NASA in the early 1990s. It was designed to broaden our base of ground-level environmental measurements through the involvement of K-12 school children worldwide.

For more information about G.L.O.B.E., please visit:

http://www.globe.gov

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Educators' Workshop at NASA/JPL on Water Cycle, Ocean Circulation, Ocean Observing Satellites, and Climate

You are invited to apply to a two-day Educators' Workshop at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, Friday and Saturday, November 9-10, 2012. Cost: FREE. Selected educators will work closely with eminent scientists to prepare and deliver educational materials related to the NASA Aquarius satellite instrument, launched in June 2011 to measure the saltiness (salinity) of our global oceans. This experience will provide the resources to help educators understand, explain and teach:

  • How the processes of the water cycle (e.g., evaporation, precipitation) relate to the oceans
  • How ocean salinity affects ocean circulation
  • How changes in the ocean's circulation can produce large changes in climate
  • How new technology can enhance the gathering and manipulation of oceanic data
  • Day 1 of the workshop will focus on group work with scientists to examine connections between the water cycle, ocean circulation, climate and sea surface salinity. Using an online Concept Map Builder the scientist/educator teams will develop concept maps to enable effective communication of these connections.

    Day 2 educators will work with NASA experts to understand how to get and use online oceanographic data, conduct "hands on" activities that support workshop themes, and tour the JPL facility.

    This model is based on a series of Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) workshops that teams researchers with educators to better communicate scientific content.

    Apply online at:

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Aquarius2012
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00 pm Pacific Time TUESDAY, 09 OCTOBER 2012.

    With questions or for more information about the workshop or COSEE-West, please contact Pat Harcourt at pharcour@usc.edu or 213-740-4693.

    Learn more about NASA Aquarius at http://aquarius.nasa.gov

    To learn more about the Aquarius workshop that was held in June 2011, please visit:

    http://cosee.umaine.edu/coseeos/workshops/ew0611workshop.htm

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    QuickSCience Surf onto Science Rally

    The QuickSCience Challenge is scheduled for Monday November 12, 2012 at the University of Southern California (USC). Although registration formally ends on October 31, it will be extended through early November. On November 12 teams are invited to USC to participate in hands on science activities (with assistance from COSEE-West staff), science talks, exhibits, and lab tours.

    For detailed registration information, guidelines and downloadable materials, please visit:

    http://www.usc.edu/quickscience/

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    California State University, Los Angeles