Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/24/2015 - 10:10
The 2015 ASLO Science Communication Internship will provide exposure to the many forms of science communication over a 14-week period beginning in September 2015 in the Washington, D.C. area. This is a paid internship and carries a stipend of $6000. The internship is available to current or recent graduate students in the aquatic sciences. Selection criteria include demonstrated interest in one or more aspects of science communication, strong communications skills, and excellent academic record. The successful applicant will participate in a wide variety of communication projects in the areas of Policy, Education, and Public Outreach. Policy. Get a first-hand look at how policy is formulated in the U.S. during the Geosciences Congressional Visits Day and by attending hearings and topical briefings on Capitol Hill. Education and Outreach. Learn more about aquatic science education by participating with ASLO’s Education committees and in the COSEE Consortium. Reach the masses by designing part of ASLO’s exhibit for 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival, which has an anticipated attendance of 300,000 people. Hone science writing skills by preparing material for ASLO’s social media channels. Travel Funds. The intern will be assisting with the organization of events for the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting (February 2016, New Orleans, LA) and the USA Science & Engineering Festival (April 2016, Washington, DC). While these events take place after the conclusion of the internship, travel funds for the intern to attend and participate in both events will be available.  Application for the ASLO Science Communication Internship Eligibility: This internship is available to current or recent graduate students in the aquatic sciences. Timing: The internship will begin in early to mid-September and last 14 weeks. Applications: To apply for the ASLO Science Communication Internship, please submit the following via email to Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science, at [email protected] Applications must be received by midnight EST, June 5, 2015. Cover letter (2 pages max) stating your communication interests and what you feel you can contribute to ASLO’s Policy, Education and Outreach programs. Resume A letter of support from an academic advisor or other mentor (sent directly by the reference to [email protected]) In addition to the above, you must send official copies of your college transcripts. Transcripts must be postmarked by June 5th and sent to: Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography ASLO Internship Application 10410 Kensington Parkway, Suite 216 Kensington, MD 20895 Questions about the internship should be sent to Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science, at [email protected]  
04/24/2015 - 10:05
Position Summary: The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and reports directly to the Chancellor. The Provost provides vision, leadership, and operational direction for the Deans and Directors of the academic support services. In so doing, the Provost ensures that the University’s curriculum and programs of research and service continuously strive to improve in quality and content, consistent with the overall mission of the institution. Scope: The Provost directs the operations of the Academic Affairs division and oversees the following organizational units and their sub-units: Office of the Provost; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Architecture, Art and Design; School of Business Administration; College of Engineering; the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Instruction; the Office of Student Affairs; the Library; the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships; the International Exchange Office; the Office of Enrollment Management; the Registrar’s Office and the Manager of Accreditation. Click here for more information. (Adobe PDF)
04/24/2015 - 10:02
Position Summary : The Chief Research Officer (CRO) provides the vision, leadership, and operational direction for all research activities of the American University of Sharjah (AUS), as they pertain to research proposal development, funding, infrastructure, and operations. The CRO is responsible for leading, coordinating, and directing research-related activities at AUS and in the adjacent AUS Research, Technology, and Innovation (RTI) Park in accordance with the mission of AUS, and to provide excellence in the development, delivery, management and oversight of research activities. The CRO reports directly to the Chancellor and is a member of his senior leadership team. Scope: The CRO directs the operations of the Office of Research and oversees graduate and doctoral research, faculty research and contracts, external compensated activity, grant development and processing, and the Research, Technology and Innovation Park. The CRO maintains collaborative relationships with AUS chief officers; AUS deans, faculty, staff and students; emirate and national government departments, agencies and officials; and regional organizations. Click here for more information. (Adobe PDF)
04/24/2015 - 09:42
President’s Corner This week, the House Science Committee marked up legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, which authorizes funding for federal science agencies, including NSF.  While previous incarnations of the COMPETES Act passed with bipartisan support, the bill that was adopted by the Science Committee did so on a party line vote.  Ocean Leadership shared our opposition to the draft bill with the committee, including several letters.  We will be working to encourage our Senate colleagues to draft companion legislation that supports all scientific disciplines as well as the integrity of the merit review process.  Please share your concerns as well as support for the geosciences with your elected federal officials, in hope that we can find bipartisan backing for the science that supports the entire American economy. The 18th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Finals is in full swing down here in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  Following their career event and hands-on scientific fieldtrips around the Gulf, these bright young scholars will start to compete on Saturday.  Not only will the students be tested on their ocean science knowledge through buzzer-style, multiple choice questions and critical thinking team challenge questions, but they will also present a mock Congressional testimony in the Scientific Expert Briefing (SEB), which was added to provide students with a broader understanding of the interconnections between science, policy and the public.  What an important exercise for our next generation of ocean leaders. I would like to extend a special thank you to our 2015 Finals host, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, for having us this weekend.  What a perfect place for our students to really learn about this year’s theme, “the Science of Oil in the Ocean.”  I would also like to thank all of the 2015 NOSB sponsors, especially the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Deerbrook Charitable Trust, NOAA and Wendy & Eric Schmidt.  Good luck to all of the competitors!  It is going to be a fantastic competition weekend. Sherri
04/24/2015 - 09:27
Campaigners hail success as Soas follows in footsteps of Glasgow and Bedfordshire universities, and calls on other universities to follow suit Soas University of London has become the first university in the capital and the third in the UK to commit to pulling its investments out of fossil fuels, in what campaigners called a historic decision. On Friday, the institution announced it would divest the £1.5m of its £32m endowment held in oil and gas companies over the next three years to show leadership on climate change. The university has no investments in coal. Continue reading...
04/24/2015 - 09:25
This week, the House Science Committee marked up legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, which authorizes funding for federal science agencies, including NSF.  While previous incarnations of the COMPETES Act passed with bipartisan support, the bill that was adopted by the Science Committee did so on a party line vote.  Ocean Leadership shared our opposition to the draft bill with the committee, including several letters.  We will be working to encourage our Senate colleagues to draft companion legislation that supports all scientific disciplines as well as the integrity of the merit review process.  Please share your concerns as well as support for the geosciences with your elected federal officials, in hope that we can find bipartisan backing for the science that supports the entire American economy. The 18th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Finals is in full swing down here in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  Following their career event and hands-on scientific fieldtrips around the Gulf, these bright young scholars will start to compete on Saturday.  Not only will the students be tested on their ocean science knowledge through buzzer-style, multiple choice questions and critical thinking team challenge questions, but they will also present a mock Congressional testimony in the Scientific Expert Briefing (SEB), which was added to provide students with a broader understanding of the interconnections between science, policy and the public.  What an important exercise for our next generation of ocean leaders. I would like to extend a special thank you to our 2015 Finals host, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, for having us this weekend.  What a perfect place for our students to really learn about this year’s theme, “the Science of Oil in the Ocean.”  I would also like to thank all of the 2015 NOSB sponsors, especially the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Deerbrook Charitable Trust, NOAA and Wendy & Eric Schmidt.  Good luck to all of the competitors!  It is going to be a fantastic competition weekend. Sherri
04/24/2015 - 08:47
In our latest update on Keep it in the Ground, staff at universities in the US join the call for divestment and we tell you how you can get involved Continue reading...
04/24/2015 - 08:11
Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger asked Keep it in the Ground supporters to join him in writing letters to the Wellcome Trust’s board, asking them to divest from fossil fuels. Here are the best of those letters Continue reading...
04/24/2015 - 07:00
Critics call for BP to provide immediate access to Warwick University archive containing billions of pounds worth of scientific research by the oil group from the 80s and 90s A BP archive containing scientific knowledge on renewable energy projects collected over decades as a result of a multi-billion-pound research programme is still closed to the public despite promises to the contrary. Critics said BP’s integrity was at stake and the archive held next to the Modern Records Office at Warwick University must be opened immediately. Related: BP dropped green energy projects worth billions to focus on fossil fuels Continue reading...
04/24/2015 - 06:26
Proposed coal emissions levy may threaten sale of Swedish utility firm’s lignite-fired plants in eastern Germany Swedish utility Vattenfall is facing delays in the planned sale of its brown coal assets in Germany, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said, pointing to concerns over a proposed coal levy that could threaten any deal. Memos to potential buyers were originally meant to be sent out in April, the people said, adding this was now expected only later in the year and may take until the end of the European summer. Continue reading...