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> Shippers' Challenge Denied
> Listen to Your Lakes
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February 2007
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Quarterly Newsletter for GLEAMS (Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science) and COSEE Great Lakes (Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence)

  • August 2007
  • Newsletter #4

ships wheelFrom the Helm: Beth Hinchey Malloy

2007 has been a busy year for GLEAMS so far…we voted on a new updated logo, we launched an electronic newsletter, and eleven members traveled to Portland, Maine, to attend the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2007 Conference. Many of the GLEAMS members in attendance delivered presentations and posters, and Robin Goettel even donned a sea urchin costume and performed in a skit during the auction! An exciting conference development was the suggestion from Michigan Sea Grant’s Steve Stewart for GLEAMS to host a future NMEA conference in the Great Lakes! We will be submitting a bid to be the host chapter of NMEA 2012 in Traverse City, Michigan. This will be a great opportunity for GLEAMS to showcase our chapter and the many wonders of the Great Lakes. Stay tuned for more details!

Another gem of an idea that resulted from the conference was the brainchild of GLEAMS member Lyndsey Manzo, a Westerville, Ohio, science teacher and COSEE Great Lakes Advisor. Lyndsey is organizing a short course to be offered at the 2008 Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) Conference. The short course will introduce educators to the COSEE Great Lakes Greatest of the Great Lakes curriculum and will also be a venue to introduce new educators to the opportunities that GLEAMS and NMEA can provide. The SECO course is an excellent example of the strong collaboration between COSEE Great Lakes and GLEAMS. I hope that more great ideas to collaborate and enhance ocean and Great Lakes literacy through quality science education continue to come from our members!

Enjoy the rest of 2007 and keep those wonderful ideas coming!

Great Lakes/Marine Education Calendar: Autumn 2007

September 8
A Great Day in the Great Lakes!
John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago.

NOAA celebrates its 200th Anniversary and its history of working in the Great Lakes region. This fun-filled family event will include: 1) A Discovery Tent with NOAA informational displays and a variety of environmentally-themed activities; 2)Tours of the NOAA Green Ship, one of the first ships in the U.S. fleet to operate petroleum-free and winner of a White House Closing-the-Circle Award. 3) A VIP stakeholder round-table where community leaders will be invited for a discussion with high-level NOAA leadership.

September 14
Early Bird registration deadline for NAAEE and NSTA in Detroit.
State of Lake Michigan
October 3-5
State of Lake Michigan Conference
On the waterfront of Traverse City, Michigan

Join scientists, educators, resource managers, planners, policy makers, officials, students, and citizens to discuss methods to improve and protect Lake Michigan and Great Lakes beaches.

October 16-17, 2007
COSEE Great Lakes Advisory Committee meeting
GLERL, Ann Arbor, MI
October 18-20, 2007
COSEE teachers and scientists present at NSTA’s Area Conference
Detroit, MI
Thursday, October 18, 2:00-3:00 PM

  • GLEAMS (Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science)—Out of Dry Dock and Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You…the Voyage Resumes! [Hinchey Malloy, Hallesy, Lubner]
  • Great Lakes, Great Science: Bringing Great Lakes Science into Your Science/Technology Classroom [Manzo & Holtschlag]

Friday, October 19

  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Ocean Science—Do It on the Great Lakes! [Fortner, Sturtevant, Hinchey Malloy]
  • 3:30–4:00 PM Teaching with Real-Time Ocean and Great Lakes Data [Stewart & Breederland]

October 29-31, 2007
Making a Great Lake Superior
On the water front in Duluth, MN

A Conference Linking Research, Education, and Management. Events for educators, students, artists, musicians, with many topics of science presented for public understanding of the Lake.

NAAEE conference logo
November 14-17, 2007
NAAEE Conference
Virginia Beach, VA
Come to the Coast: Explore New Horizons for Environmental Education

Marine education track offers many opportunities for us! Presentations by GLEAMS and COSEE leaders include:

  • Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2-3:45 PM Roundtable COSEE Great Lakes Online Workshop: Inservice Education on the Desktop [Fortner, Tuddenham, Munson]
  • Friday, November 16th, 3:45-4:30 PM Collaborating with Scientists for Great Lakes and Ocean Education [Kim & Fortner]
November 14, 2007, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
NOAA "Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration"
Professional Development Workshop offered as part of NAAEE conference. Registration is required. Provides curriculum with CD-ROM and take-home materials.
Early December (dates TBA)
COSEE Great Lakes' free on-line workshop through the College of Exploration. Science Topics: Great Lakes Geology, and Climate Change in the region. Visit last year's workshop archive at You will need to log in [no cost or obligation] and the site is no longer interactive.


Scholarships available to members!
GLEAMS is again offering teachers in the Great Lakes region a $200 mini grant to purchase teaching supplies, take field trips, and attend training that promotes learning opportunities in aquatic or marine education. Hands-on classroom activities that involve numerous students and promote creative thinking, problem solving, and cooperative learning will receive higher priority for funding. Please visit the GLEAMS web site for information.
Membership granted to COSEE Great Lakes participants!
COSEE Great Lakes is providing participants in the Lake Huron Exploration Workshop with a free one-year membership in GLEAMS. We are also providing this benefit for those in the 2006 Lake Superior Exploration and R/V Lake Guardian workshops. The COSEE partnership thus increases the GLEAMS membership by 54 educators and nearly 30 scientists!

COSEE Great Lakes News

COSEE Summer Activities
The program had a very busy summer, with activities in 6 states and an international conference. Event descriptions are on the web site.
  • We sponsored 20 teachers to participate in Marine Immersion workshops offered by our partner programs this summer. Ten scholarships went to Tropical Marine Ecology in Curaçao, a workshop led by Helen Domske in partnership with BOCES 2 in western New York.
  • A COSEE Teacher Exchange program took Ohio teacher Dan Jax to a COSEE Southeast workshop in North Carolina, and brought Kathy Bosiak from NC to our Lake Huron workshop.
  • Our Lake Huron Exploration Workshop at Alpena, MI, involved 20 educators and 12 scientists in interdisciplinary lake learning at the Thunder Bay Maritime Heritage Center. Experiences included snorkeling on a wooden steamer that sank in 1907!
  • Educators from New York and Pennsylvania made House Calls in August, visiting scientists at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Dunkirk Fisheries Station and at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) in Erie, PA. The educators learned about the lake science and shared ideas about how scientists could interact effectively with classrooms.
  • A Teachable Moment workshop was held at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve in Huron, Ohio, on August 6-7. This two-day workshop provided an in-depth look at estuaries and their relationship with the Lake Erie ecosystem.
  • At the annual meeting of the International Association for Great Lakes Research in late May, we conducted a School for Scientists, a 3-hour symposium to assist scientists in their education and outreach efforts. The program will be repeated in 2009.
  • Last year's online conference was presented for Computer Based Learning in Science, an international conference held in Crete in July. Participants from about 20 countries learned of the effort!

Resources for Teaching

National Wildlife Federation's new website is designed to help parents and teachers talk to students of differing ages about global warming. Its features include guidelines for parents, proposed new national global warming educator guidelines, age-adapted sources of useful curricula, a downloadable slide presentation for kids, presenter's guide, and more.
Middle School Ocean Science books.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers 8 middle-school-level books on ocean science, for only the shipping fee. The books are available as classroom sets (30 books with teacher's resource binder) or sets of 5 copies of each book (40 books). The offer is only available for about another month.

Grades 6-8:

  • Dive to the Deep Ocean--Voyages of Exploration and Discovery
  • Ocean Detectives--Solving the Mysteries of the Sea
  • Down to a Sunless Sea--The Strange World of Hydrothermal Vents
  • Meteorite! The Last Days of the Dinosaurs

Grades 4-6:

  • The Mysterious Ocean Highway--Benjamin Franklin and the Gulf Stream
  • Off to Sea--An Inside Look at a Research Cruise
  • Follow that Fin! Studying Dolphin Behavior
  • Arctic Investigations--Exploring the Frozen Ocean
From Sea to Shining Sea map and lesson plans
The National Geographic Society and NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration have created a new "ocean focussed" map called "From Sea to Shining Sea, Exploring America's Ocean Realms" with 3 accompanying new online lesson plans. Paper versions of the map can be obrained from A PDF version of the map is available here.

Online lesson plans include:

Oceanography/Harmful Algal Bloom materials
The Education and Outreach Office at NOAA Fisheries/Northwest Fisheries Science Center offers a 20-minute film on DVD, titled Science at Sea: The Hunt for Killer Algae, documenting the work of a team of scientists pursuing the answer to current problems of harmful algal blooms (HABs) on the coast of Washington. The film was made in order to convey the complexity of real-world science, the essence of collaboration in the sciences, and inspire students to explore oceanography as a possible career. It is aimed at a high school audience, but is appropriate for early college or junior high students. Accompanying the film is a 43-page curriculum booklet (The Harmful Algal Bloom Hunter’s Handbook) with activities and experiments, a glossary, cruise journal, phytoplankton identification chart, and other resources relevant to teaching basic oceanography and harmful algal blooms. The activities range in level from grades 5-10. These materials are available for free and by request. Send an email with name and address to by August 30th. Requests received after August 30th will be sent out at the end of September.
National Wildlife magazine article on invasives
See the August/September issue for "Alien Invasion: A Great Lakes Dilemma." Over 180 exotic species have found their way into the lakes during the past 200 years, jeopardizing the entire ecosystem.
Activity from COSEE's Greatest of the Great Lakes
For this newsletter we make available an activity for teaching about shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Triangle is a set of activities in the GOGL collection, which focuses on multiple working hypotheses about what caused the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The activity here reviews the history of Great Lakes wrecks and disappearances, and sets the stage for discussing the "mystery."
What is the Great Lakes Triangle?

Marine and Great Lakes News

Big Boost for NOAA Education
On August 9, President Bush signed the "America COMPETES Act" ("America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act") to strengthen education and research related to science and technology. Over fiscal years 2008-2010, $33.6 billion will be allocated across the federal government, including grants for current and future teachers and investments in basic research. This legislation is significant for NOAA, granting a mandate to engage in agency-wide education. NOAA is charged with developing and promoting formal and informal education activities at all levels to heighten public understanding of issues related to atmospheric science and stewardship, and the oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.
>> Read full text of HR 2272
>> Learn more about NOAA Office of Education
Life Ring from Edmund Fitzgerald found
"A life preserver believed to be from the Edmund Fitzgerald was found on a remote Michigan beach, about 200 miles from where the ore carrier sank 32 years ago. Joe Rasch of Conklin, Mich., said he saw the tattered preserver tangled in the roots of an overturned pine tree on Aug. 3. He and his family were looking for souvenir rocks on Copper Harbor in the northwestern part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula when he spotted it." The Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 11, reported, "They brought it here and I was amazed," said Tom Farnquist, executive director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in Whitefish Point. "I examined it, compared it to the life preserver we have on display and have no reason to doubt that it is genuine." -- Michael Sangiacomo, Plain Dealer Reporter
>> For perspective on this topic, see
Round gobies rising: U-M researchers say nightly swim to surface helped the invasive fish spread swiftly through Great Lakes
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--- Ever since University of Michigan fishery biologist David Jude discovered non-native round gobies in the Great Lakes in 1990, scientists have been trying to figure out exactly how the intruders got there, and how they quickly spread to all five lakes. Oceangoing freighters were the prime suspects, but round gobies are bottom-dwelling fish, so how could significant numbers of them get inside ships that normally take on ballast water close to the surface? "It's been a mystery to us as to how they were getting on board. We've been scratching our heads about how that happened," said Jude.

Now Jude and U-M graduate student Stephen Hensler say they've found the answer: synchronized swimming on a grand scale. At night during the summer breeding season, countless newly hatched round gobies leave their lake-bottom homes and swim to the surface. This nocturnal migration – never before documented among round gobies -- boosts the chances that large numbers of hatchlings will get sucked into the ballast tanks of Great Lakes freighters.

[Photos of adult and newly hatched round gobies are available here.]
[from, 8/16/07]
Federal Court Throws Out Shippers’ Challenge to State Invasive Species Law
DETROIT – U.S. Federal District Court Judge John Feikens today dismissed a lawsuit filed by a coalition of oceangoing shipping interests to block a new Michigan law designed to stem the flow of invasive species into the Great Lakes.

A coalition of conservation groups intervened on behalf of Michigan to defend the state law, which was passed in 2005. The ruling has implications for the other seven Great Lakes states, three of which – Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York – have introduced similar legislation aimed at curbing the introduction of invasive species discharged from the ballast water tanks used by oceangoing ships to steady to steady their voyage from overseas. [Detriot Free Press, complete article]
Listen to your Lakes
After months of research and market testing, Shedd has launched a new Great Lakes awareness campaign. The campaign consists of newspaper, magazine, television, radio, online advertising, festival and expo appearances and banners displayed at Chicago’s Venetian Night. The ads will run in Chicago, Michigan and Wisconsin. Shedd also has a new Great Lakes web site (, which includes a blog with up to date Great Lakes stories from around the basin, campaign updates and other musings. It is Shedd Aquarium's goal to generate awareness of Great Lakes issues and to inspire people to take action to help the lakes.
Leatherback tagging expedition
NOAA and TOPP turtle researcher Scott Benson just returned from a two-week expedition to one of the most remote spots on the planet, at Jamursba-Medi, on Papua Barat, Indonesia, site of one of the few remaining Western Pacific nesting sites of the leatherback turtle, whose numbers have declined by 90 percent in the Pacific. He kept a daily journal, which is appearing in a serialized form on the blog -- It's a fascinating account of the astounding nesting rituals of the leatherback turtle, the pressures of modernization on a group of people who regard their forests as their drug and food store, the interplay of those pressures with the survival of one of the most ancient species on the planet, and the wonders of animal migration: many of the turtles that nest in Indonesia swim all the way across the Pacific Ocean to feed on jellies off the Oregon coast and in Monterey Bay, California. [reported on]

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