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07.16.2014 - The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence – Technology and Engineering for Knowledge (COSEE-TEK) has supported two professional development (PD) opportunities for community college faculty. In keeping with the goal of COSEE-TEK, the PD focused on relating how ocean technologies enable ocean science and discovery. The PD featured hands-on training with ocean technologies and exploration of how technology derived data could be used in the classroom with community college students. While these activities did not involve Connecticut Community Colleges, it is easy to see how these interventions could be developed within the Connecticut college system.  MORE >>
05.01.2014 - The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence – Technology and Engineering for Knowledge (COSEE-TEK) and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Northeast Alliance have been collaborating for the past three years to engage underrepresented minority undergraduate students (URMS) in STEM. Specifically, the goals of this partnership are: 1) to expose URMS to ocean sciences and technology as potential career paths and 2) to use ocean science and technologies as a vehicle to develop the students’ 21st Century skills. The 2014 Ocean Science and Technology Challenge involved collaboration amongst five universities to design and develop remote ocean sensing platforms to deploy and test in Long Island Sound. The project culminated in a two-day institute at UConn-Avery Point and was a great learning experience for students and mentors alike.  MORE >>
05.01.2013 - This spring, COSEE-TEK collaborated with one of its foundational partners, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) to provide minority undergraduate students majoring in STEM-related fields the opportunity to immerse themselves in ocean science and technology. Following the LSAMP Northeast Alliance Winter Symposium at Storrs in January, a bright and diligent group of students and teachers from University of Connecticut and UMass-Amherst signed on to participate in the 2013 Ocean Science & Technology Challenge (OSTC). They worked together with COSEE-TEK staff to to design, build, and field test a sensor or sampling device in Long Island Sound (LIS).  MORE >>
12.02.2012 - Eleven undergraduate and two graduate students spent two days immersed in ocean science and technology at UConn’s Avery Point campus and Project Oceanology. The students were part of UConn’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program that seeks to provide unique STEM learning opportunities for underrepresented students. The Ocean Science and Technology Institute (OSTI) was developed in collaboration with Joy Erickson, UConn’s LSAMP Coordinator and the goals were to provide students an orientation to ocean science and technology, expose them to ocean science and technology careers, provide them the opportunity to work as a team to build ocean technology and conduct hands-on oceanographic sampling on board the Project Oceanology’s EnviroLab2 vessel.  MORE >>
08.19.2012 - COSEE-TEK sponsored its first annual Ocean Science and Technology Day at the Mystic Aquarium on Friday, August 3, 2012. The event took place on a sweltering day with temperatures in the 90’s and high humidity – neither of which deterred over 3500 visitors to the aquarium that day. COSEE-TEK worked with UConn’s Department of Marine Science to develop 10 exhibits and demonstrations that featured ocean science and the technologies.  MORE >>
05.03.2012 - This spring, COSEE-TEK has taken the plunge into underwater acoustics with two educational institutes focusing on the engineering and application of low-cost hydrophones. Hydrophones have a number of applications in Oceanography including the study of marine mammal communication of anthropogenic noises in the environment (e.g., outboard engines, commercial vessels, SONAR, seismic air guns, etc.). One institute involved teachers from the American School for the Deaf (ASD) and the other UConn undergraduate students participating in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program in the hands-on building of a simple hydrophone.  MORE >>
04.01.2012 - Despite their land-locked geography in Southern Michigan, teachers and students at Stockbridge High School have developed an extremely successful underwater robotics program over the past two years with many awards at regional and international MATE competitions. Following their success at the 2011 MATE International ROV Competition, the team was contacted by members of the BentProp Project to build an ROV capable of diving to 125' water depth and support their ongoing search for downed WWII aircraft in the waters of Palau. The team had only a few weeks to build and test their ROV before shipping the gear and preparing for a long journey to the islands of Micronesia. They then departed on March 22, 2012 and will return to Michigan on April 7, 2012. [[LINK]]Click here to follow their mission on Facebook. More information can be found at the [[LINK]]BentProp Project website.  MORE >>
03.26.2012 - On March 25, 2012, James Cameron became the third person ever to reach the deepest part of our ocean Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench (35,756 ft/10,898 m) in the bullet-shaped submersible DeepSea Challenger. The DeepSea Challenger was strategically designed to expedite the descent to about 2 ½ hours, leaving about 6 hours for Cameron to document and collect samples. On touching bottom, Cameron noted very little life and after spending nearly 3 hours in the extreme environment (pressure = 16,000 pounds per square inch), Cameron noticed hydraulic oil leaking through the viewport and judiciously called an end to the dive. Members of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE project view this historic dive as just the beginning to the next phase of deep-sea exploration and have plans for the deployment of an unmanned lander to bait deep-sea predators and scavengers.  MORE >>
02.13.2012 - On February 8, 2012, engineers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) assisted Underwater Archaeologist George Schwarz from the U.S. Navy's History and Heritage Command to explore Watch Hill Reef using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with sidescan sonar technology. WHOI's AUV (Remus) can be programmed to acquire seafloor back scatter data over a series of overlapping lanes providing a unique image of hard objects on the seafloor over a relatively wide expanse. The primary objective of the survey was to uncover the USS Revenge, a historic naval ship commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry that sank off the coast of Rhode Island in 1811. Divers Craig Harger and Charlie Buffum believed to have found the wreck nearly six years ago when they came across a canon during a recreational dive. The team must process the data and analyze the imagery before making any further conclusions.  MORE >>
02.06.2012 - In 2010, a team of scientists from University of Oxford, University of Southampton, the National Oceanography Centre, and British Antarctic Survey lead an oceanographic expedition aboard the R.S.S. James Clark Ross to explore deep-sea hydrothermal vents in Antarctica's Southern Ocean. Undersea footage from the ISIS ROV revealed an array of new deep-water species.  MORE >>
02.06.2012 - In December 2011, COSEE-TEK Director Ivar Babb visited Portugal to attend the World Association of Marine Laboratories (WAMS) annual meeting. He took advantage of the opportunity to meet with the leadership of Ciencia Viva (Science Lives) to explore potential collaborative activities with COSEE-TEK.  MORE >>
02.06.2012 - As the President of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), COSEE-TEK Director Ivar Babb attended the annual WAMS meeting, this year held in Faro, Portugal. Many great ideas for international partnership came from the meeting including the development of a "global campus" for marine research career paths and Global Ocean Literacy (GOL) program.  MORE >>
01.20.2012 - Investigative journalist Oliver Steeds joins the crew of Triton Submarines aboard the Triton 3300 submarine during sea trials off the coast of the Bahamas. The story was featured by Ann Curry of NBC's Today Show. Triton Submarines and a number of other private ventures are working to build deep-sea submersibles to explore the deepest depths of our oceans.  MORE >>
12.05.2011 - Over 30 educators and scientists met for a two-day Teacher Ocean Technology Institute (TOTI) at Project Oceanology and University of Connecticut-Avery Point on November 11-12, 2011. Educators from Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida and Michigan worked together to learn about various ocean technologies and the educational resources in development through the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence – Technology and Education for Knowledge (COSEE-TEK).  MORE >>
10.02.2011 - This summer, COSEE-TEK hosted three Teacher Technology Experiences (TTEs) conducted at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus. The TTE's featured formal and informal educators working with scientists, technicians, graduate and undergraduate students using both advanced and conventional oceanographic technologies and techniques to study the physics, chemistry and biology of the coastal ocean. Educational resources that utilize the data and imagery from these technologies are under development.  MORE >>
10.01.2011 - Teachers and informal educators are invited to a two-day professional development opportunity to learn about a range of ocean technologies from researchers at the University of Connecticut and from their peers who participated in Teacher Technology Experiences (TTE’s) this summer. Participants will share in the development of technology-based educational resources.  MORE >>
03.17.2011 - On March 2, 2011 COSEE-TEK held the first meeting of its External Advisory Committee (EAC) at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus. The EAC is a required structural element of COSEE’s and is intended to: “act as "sounding boards" for ideas, priorities, problems within Centers. They push Centers to excel and look for new opportunities to expand their reach and/or capacity. External Advisory Committees nominally provide annual reports to COSEE Program Managers at the National Science Foundation.”  MORE >>
03.16.2011 - Members of the COSEE-TEK Team attended the Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) Workshop held December 13-14, 2010 at the Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute. Students, teachers and scientist gathered to discuss issues related to the development, implementation and data processing of these low-cost ocean sampling arrays.  MORE >>
03.15.2011 - In the wake of Japan's recent and tragic 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, there is a great deal of interest in real-time tsunami forecasting technology. Both NASA and NOAA have led the way toward making better predictions and saving lives.  MORE >>
03.15.2011 - NSF-funded researchers from Virginia Institute of Marine Science employ ocean gliders to study biology and improve ocean modeling of Antarctica's Ross Sea.  MORE >>
09.18.2009 - How do you predict weather, wind, and waves in one of the most complex marine environments in Alaska? Scientists from several universities, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks, NOAA, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory will put their models to the test July 19 - August 3, 2009 in Prince William Sound. Mountainous surroundings, notoriously stormy seas, and a complex system of freshwater flows from the land interacting with flows between the Sound and the Gulf of Alaska through a narrow entrance have made modeling the Sound an enormous challenge. COSEE Alaska and COSEE-NOW assisted with outreach and education about this exciting scientific project. For preliminary results, see  MORE >>