Winter 2005

New Center to Boost Great Lakes Science Education

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 3, 2006) – Wisconsin students, educators, and citizens will soon have new opportunities to explore the science of the Great Lakes and their connection to the world’s oceans. The National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today the approval of a $2.5 million Great Lakes Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE). Wisconsin will receive approximately $387,000 to support the center, according to Wisconsin Sea Grant Education Coordinator James Lubner. Lubner is coordinating Wisconsin’s involvement in the center, the eighth in a nationwide network.

“Public understanding of Great Lakes and ocean sciences is key to helping stakeholders make informed decisions on coastal and ocean management and personal stewardship issues,” Lubner said. “COSEE Great Lakes will engage the citizens of all ages in ways that promote a deeper understanding of our inland seas – the Great Lakes – and their influence on our quality of life and our national prosperity.”

The Great Lakes COSEE will connect researchers, formal and informal educators, students in grades 4-10, and the general public to enhance scientific literacy and environmental stewardship. During the five-year program, more than 2,000 teachers throughout the region will develop working relationships with researchers, enhance their Great Lakes and ocean sciences knowledge, and develop new Great Lakes curriculum materials. More than 350 researchers will help educate a variety of audiences with shore-side and on-the-water seminars and workshops.

COSEE Great Lakes is a collaborative effort of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, which includes programs in Michigan, Illinois-Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. These programs are part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 30 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources.

For more information please contact:

James Lubner
Education Coordinator
Wisconsin Sea Grant
(414) 227-3291

Stephen Wittman
Communications Coordinator
Wisconsin Sea Grant
(608) 263-5371

The Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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