Professional Development 2011/12 Series
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), in conjunction with IODP-Deep Earth Academy, is happy to announce a special professional development opportunity for middle and high school educators nationwide. All educators are welcome to register, and NOSB coaches and Deep Earth Academy teachers are highly encouraged to participate.
The free online webinar series, beginning in early November and running through December, will focus on NOSB’s 2012 competition theme, A Sea of Change: Development and Evolution. The purpose of the series is to provide teachers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of topics related to evolution and how society is adapting to changes in the global ocean.
NOSB coaches, please note: The seminar’s guest experts will be writing questions for the 2012 NOSB competitions!
Throughout the webinar series, guest experts will cover issues related to a number of the theme’s subtopics such as extreme climate events, new insights into plate tectonics and understanding the importance of phylogenetic trees. Each of the presenters will give a one hour live webinar presentation on their current research or topic of interest, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.
Once you register, you will be emailed instructions describing how to log into the webinar site at the specified time. Everyone that is logged into the site will be able to listen and follow along with the presentation, as well as ask the presenter questions live during the presentation.
In addition to the live interactive portion of the webinars, there will also be asynchronous elements. Each presenter will post related educational resources on the NOSB webpage (http://nosb.org/professional-development/), which will be available to you and your students to explore. Full video of the presentations will also be posted.
Please continue to check back as additional information and presentations are added.
To find out more about the presenters and their topics, please click on their name:
• November 10, 2011, 8:00pm EST
Dr. Larry Krissek, Ohio State University
Topic: The story of ice ages over the past 2.5 million years
Title: Reading Earth’s Climate History from Ocean Sediments (with an example from Pleistocene Glacials and Interglacials)
• December 6, 2011, 8:00pm EST
Dr. Brian Huber, Smithsonian Institution
Topic: Planktonic foraminifera and what they can tell us about how Earth’s environment has changed during the past 120 million years
Title: Foraminiferal evidence of dramatic climate and ocean change during the Cretaceous Period
• December 19, 2011, 8:00pm EST
Mr. Walter Musial, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Topic: Renewable Energy
Title: Opportunities and Challenges of Offshore Wind Energy
Providing a direct link between this seminar series and the NOSB competitions, each presenter will be writing questions for the NOSB competitions. Participating coaches will complete these courses with a much stronger understanding of this year’s theme and will be able to better prepare their students for the 2012 NOSB Regional and Finals Competitions.
How you can participate: All NOSB coaches that have registered a team for the 2012 competition season and all DEA teachers will automatically be sent an invitation for the professional development series. Any other teachers interested in participating may email Melissa Brodeur at email@example.com. We anticipate being able to register all interested parties, but final registration for additional participants will be done on a first come, first serve basis as space allows.
Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.