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COSEE-Pacific Partnerships workshop at NWBIO 2009 - 11.01.2008

Astoria, Oregon
Astoria, OR - COSEE-Pacific Partnerships and the organizers of the Northwest Biology Instructors' Organization (NWBIO) recently began planning for a one-day workshop to be offered at the 2009 NWBIO meeting hosted by Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon. The meeting will begin with the COSEE-PP workshop on Friday, May 1 and will continue through Sunday, May 3.

Last year, COSEE-Pacific Partnerships Director Jan Hodder arranged for Dr. Craig Young, Director of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), to be one of the 2008 meeting's keynote speakers. In his talk, "Teaching about the deep sea: adventures and opportunities," Dr. Young spoke about his research in the deep sea and the multitude of opportunities for visiting faculty and teacher at sea programs. COSEE-PP plans to provide or sponsor another keynote speaker on an ocean topic for the upcoming 2009 meeting.

Hodder and Coordinator Coral Gehrke presented a session at the 2008 meeting which focused on opportunities for community college faculty and students through COSEE-PP. Faculty were also asked to suggest marine topics/themes that would enhance their own understanding of ocean science, and would allow them to include more ocean science in their courses. The information gathered during the session and in other meetings with community college science faculty is currently being used to develop the one-day workshop for the upcoming meeting as well as a one-week professional development workshop to be offered in summer 2009 at OIMB.

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NWBIO (Northwest Biology Instructors' Organization) began in 1966 as a way to facilitate dialogue between faculty of Washington State community colleges, universities, and private four-year colleges on pedagogical and scientific challenges in the field of biology. Originally called WACBT (Washington Association of College Biology Teachers), NWBIO now includes additional faculty from British Columbia, Oregon, and Northern Idaho.

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