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Hawaii Professors Intros Ocean & Environmental Training to GCC

Guam -  Physical oceanography, aquaculture techniques, and climate change are some of the topics Guam Community College science instructors will study next summer, thanks to a grant from the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) program.

[Caption: UH, Chaminade professors present training and internship opportunities to GCC; GCC science instructor John Jocson, left, looks on as Dr. Michael Hadfield, a zoology professor at University of Hawaii Manoa, and Gail Grabowsky, associate professor of environmental studies at Chaminade University, talk with GCC science faculty and administrators about training and student internship opportunities available through the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence program on Aug. 11]

COSEE is a National Science Foundation grants program, and Dr. Michael Hadfield, Professor of Zoology at University of Hawai’i Manoa, and Gail Grabowsky, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Chaminade University, met with administrators and the science faculty at Guam Community College Wednesday, August 11, to discuss COSEE training and summer internship opportunities for GCC faculty and students.

Hadfield is the local principal investigator for the University of Hawaii partnership with COSEE. He explained that the COSEE program at Kewalo Marine Lab at UH Manoa aims to improve ocean science education by offering summer workshops for community college science faculty, summer internships for community college students, and training for Informal Science Education Institutions (ISEIs). (Examples of ISEI staff that could take advantage of this training are tour operators/guides, dive guides, ecotour guides, and environmental volunteers.)

The COSEE faculty workshops will be held in the summers of 2011 and 2012 in Honolulu. Hadfield explained that the grant would cover all expenses for faculty participation in the 5-day workshop.

Hadfield and Grabowsky also met with several GCC students to discuss two student internship summer programs - COSEE PRIME (Promoting Research Investigations in the Marine Environment), and URM (Undergraduate Research and Mentoring) in the Biological Sciences Program at the University of Hawaii. While both programs serve community college students, Hadfield explained that URM primarily seeks students from Micronesia, Guam (both GCC and the University of Guam), and American Samoa, as well as other underrepresented minority groups interested in conservation or environmental biology.

Hadfield and Grabowsky are also visiting Saipan, Palau, Yap, Pohnpei and Majuro to promote the training and internship opportunities. Ms. Valerie Brown of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) also provided valuable insight at the meeting.

For more information about COSEE, log onto http://www.coseepacificpartnerships.org/. To apply for a summer internship position, the URM website is: http://www5.pbrc.hawaii.edu/urm/eligibility.html.

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