University of Southern Mississippi is inviting Mississippi informal
educators to explore new marine environmental research and technology
in a Nov. 6-7 workshop at the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center
environmental workshop is part of a national effort to educate people
- no matter where they live - about the importance of oceans to
their lives," said Dr. Sharon H. Walker, administrator of the
university's Scott Aquarium. "Most people aren't aware that
the oceans provide 60 to 80 percent of the oxygen they breathe,
that the oceans drive our weather.
summer we worked with Mississippi teachers and marine researchers
as part of this national program. Now we want to reach the individuals
who affect public understanding and behavior in regard to oceans
and coastal waters."
any individual is eligible for the workshop if his or her position
involves educating or informing others about some aspect of Mississippi's
range from personnel at parks and museums to members of the media,"
will share the latest in such topics as meteorology, marine aquaculture
and ecological assessment. Guest speakers will include Dr. LaDon
Swann, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant director; David Yeager, director
of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program; and Dr. Bill Burnett,
chief meteorologist with the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography
Command at Stennis Space Center.
Also on the
agenda are breakout sessions for learning activities on related
concepts and a sunset sail on a Biloxi schooner the first evening.
will run from noon Thursday, Nov. 6, to noon Friday, Nov. 7, at
the aquarium. Cost to participants is a $25 nonrefundable registration
fee. Workshop sponsors are providing meals and lodging at the Gulf
Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs.
The event is
a Mississippi component of the national Centers for Ocean Science
Educational Excellence. National and regional supporters have signed
on to the concept of COSEE as a catalyst for bridging the gap between
ocean and coastal sciences research and people of all educational
levels said Walker, director of the Central Gulf of Mexico COSEE
headquartered at the aquarium.
the ambitious project in the central gulf and in Mississippi are
the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research-National
Oceanographic Partnership Program, the National Atmospheric and
Oceanic Administration's National Sea Grant College Program, the
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Southern Miss.
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