|A monthly newsletter for students, members and anyone else with an interest in the sea|
This Month's Flotsam...
From Dr. C...
Greetings! This issue launches what I hope to be a monthly publication highlighting all the remarkable things that are happening in our ocean world. It's an exciting time to be checking out the ocean here and I'm stoked about the months ahead.
I especially want to extend a warm welcome to all of you who will be joining my course this semester. This promises to be one of the most interesting and challenging yet.
And to all of my ocean friends out there, thanks for your continued interest and support!
Surf long and prosper!
The New Remarkable Ocean World
The site has got a brand new look: simpler and smarter with more content. For students, I've added a course help section, tutorial-based lecture notes, threaded discussions, subscribable mailing lists, a study hall and much more. For the rest of you, I've updated the image gallery, expanded the audio and video offerings and added special pages, like Remarkable Ocean Facts, Tales of Historical Oceanography and Art and Literature of the Sea.
I've started offering supporting memberships for $5. It won't get you much but it will give you the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a good cause. By offsetting the expenses of maintaining the site, I'm hoping to hire on a few cybersailors to spruce things up even more on the site. You can find out more on the Supporting Members Home Page.
Ambassador to the Solar System
Believe it or not, I've been chosen by NASA to be an Ambassador to the Solar System. While I don't get to go into outer space (yet) and I don't get to train as a Sith warrior (yet), I do get to bring NASA news and space mission educational materials to students and the general public as part of several events I'll be holding in the coming months. For more information, check out the NASA Ambassador to the Solar System Page. Oh...you may call me Ambassador Sean if you wish(!).
Expedition to Rapa Nui
The Remarkable Ocean World extended an invitation to the Polynesian Voyaging Society to set up a subscribable mailing list to publish daily reports and locations for their mission to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and they agreed! The Hawaiian double-canoe Mokule'a departs the Marquesas Islands on August 11 and heads towards Rapa Nui using only traditional methods of navigation, called wayfinding. This historic expedition traces the route thought to be used by ancient Hawaiians when they discovered and colonized Rapa Nui. To learn more, go to the Mokule'a to Rapa Nui Expedition Page.
Is a cyber-form of panty raids and streaking about to appear online? I've been invited to serve as an Academic Research Associate for mybytes.com, a new "full-service Internet hub" developed especially for students and teachers. Due to launch on August 16, this site will electrify online academics, with 1500 colleges linked together in hubs to create a total college experience. Students and teachers get a free e-mail account, they can form clubs, publish articles, meet other students with like interests, get information on financial aid, scholarships, registration, athletics and college events and more. The site offers more than 20 academic research areas (I'm in charge of oceanography) where students can find information on potential majors, courses, reference materials and other resources. There's way more than I can explain here, so check out my page dedicated to mybytes.com, then check them out when they launch mid-August.
Learn Day III
The Franklin Learning Institute of Global Education has asked me to participate in Global Learn Day III, an around-the-world, around-the-clock online conference celebrating education in every corner of the globe. This event, held October 11, 1999, promises to be one of the most unusual and inspiring events of the year. The conference kicks off with speakers from the Tonga, Fiji and Guam, then makes its way around the globe from time-zone to time-zone over the next 24 hours ending in San Diego. I'll be hosting the first leg of this cyberjourney; go to the Global Learn Day III page for more details.
Mark your calendars for November 12, 13 and 14. That's when our annual pilgrimage to Monterey Bay will be held. This year we will camp at Sunset Beach State Park and make a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, watch a sunset at Pacific Grove, and check out the sea otters and great whites at Point Lobos State Park. More details forthcoming.
If you would like to submit an article or help with this publication or if you have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail Sean Chamberlin, firstname.lastname@example.org.