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WHOI Research Engineer Selected for NASA Astronaut Program

Research Engineer Loral O’Hara was introduced today at Johnson Space Flight Center as a member of NASA’s most recent class of astronauts. O’Hara was one of just 12 to be selected from an applicant pool of more than 18,300—the largest number NASA has ever received.

Finding New Homes Won't Help Emperor Penguins Cope with Climate Change

Unlike other species that migrate successfully to escape the wrath of climate change, a new study shows that dispersal may help sustain global Emperor penguin populations for a limited time, but, as sea ice conditions continue to deteriorate, the 54 colonies that exist today will face devastating declines by the end of this century.

More Frequent Extreme Ocean Warming Could Further Endanger Albatross

As Earth warms due to human-caused climate change, extreme climatic events like heat waves, droughts, and spikes in ocean temperatures have increased and are projected to become even more common by the end of this century. To assess impacts to albatrosses, Jenouvrier and her coauthors examined sea surface temperature data and records of extreme warming events since 1978 on albatrosses breeding at Kerguelen Island.

National Policy for Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and the Great Lakes

To Whom It May Concern,
The National Ocean Council recently released a draft implementation plan for President Obama's National Policy for Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and the Great Lakes. You can view the draft policy and submit comments at the NOP website.

The public comment period is open until midnight EST, February 27, 2012 and ocean education topics are mainly on Pages 23-25. Action 6 on page 24 directly addresses Increasing Ocean Literacy. The first Milestone is: "Include ocean concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards."

This is huge to have the President and the National Ocean Council calling for Ocean Literacy to be incorporated into the mainstream K-12 science curriculum.

The first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards will be released for public review in March. Please help by reviewing and commenting on the draft, and by encouraging other parents, teachers, science educators and concerned citizens to also review and comment. Please let these people know that the President and the National Ocean Council have added their voices to the call for Ocean Literacy in the Next Generation Science Standards.

On behalf of Lawrence Hall of Science, the National Marine Educators Association, the NSF-funded Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence and the rest of the Ocean Literacy Campaign organizers, I encourage you all to make your voice heard. Please make sure that you review the draft standards with the Ocean Literacy Framework in mind. You can prepare by taking a visit to www.oceanliteracy.net where you can find, as always, Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences K-12 and the Ocean Literacy Scope & Sequence for Grades K-12.

Regards,

Craig

Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science, COSEE CA, NMEA President-Elect