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COSEE-PP Summer 2011 Community College Faculty Institute in Hawaii

Microbes in the Sea
When: August 8 – 12, 2011
Location: Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii at Manoa

During the second week of August 2011, the COSEE Pacific Partnerships program will support a 4 – 5 day workshop designed to provide community-college instructors from the Pacific Islands with an up-to-date understanding of the many rapid advances that have been made in recent decades in understanding the critically important roles of microorganisms in the ecology of the oceans and the biology of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms that inhabit the seas. Senior scientists with expertise in a wide range of areas that involve research on marine microorganisms will present lectures, engage in discussions, and provide instructions for laboratory examination of marine bacteria and viruses that can be transferred to classes at community colleges in introductory biology, microbiology, zoology, marine biology, oceanography and others.

Topics to be covered and instructors committed to the workshop include:

Microbes in the open sea, the role of archaea, viruses and bacteria in the ecology of oceans: Drs. David Karl and colleagues, Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, University of Hawaii.

Microbes on the shore and coral reefs: Dr. Sean Callahan, Department of Microbiology, University of Hawaii, and Dr. Megan Huggett, Hawaiian Institute of Marine Biology.

Marine biofilms and their roles in recruitment of marine invertebrate larvae: Drs. Audrey Asahina and Michael G. Hadfield, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii.

Microbes in the pathology of corals, fish and turtles: Dr. Greta Aeby, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and others.

Bacteria in symbioses with marine animals: Drs. Margaret McFall-Ngai and Ned Ruby, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Other topics may be added.

The National Science Foundation COSEE-PP grant will provide funds for travel and per diem for participating community college instructors from Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, Majuro or American Samoa, as well as lunches during the workshop. While travel and per diem funds are not available for college instructors living on Oahu, their lunches and beverages will be provided during the workshop.

Interested community-college faculty should apply to participate in the workshop by addressing a letter to:

Dr. Michael G. Hadfield
Kewalo Marine Laboratory
University of Hawaii at Manoa
41 Ahui St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 539-7319

In your letter of application, please provide information that will allow us to envision how this workshop will enhance your instructional capacities in your college. We are especially interested in the specific courses that you teach and in which you may incorporate one or more lectures/labs that would utilize the information and materials provided in the “Microbes in the Sea” workshop.