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Greetings from the Remarkable Ocean World! This is the second issue of our newsletter and well, better late than never!
School has started and more than 300 eager minds are prowling the Remarkable Ocean World daily! This semester holds a lot of excitement as more students than ever plunge into their studies of oceanography using the World Wide Web and the Internet. For many of these students, this course is their very first experience with the Internet and the World Wide Web. As they grow comfortable with their skills, they are enjoying the freedom of having their classroom available to them 24 hours a day, seven days a week and benefiting from one-on-one interaction with yours truly via e-mail! Students have also formed study groups in our threaded discussion forums, giving them an opportunity to interact with each other and make new friends. These are the skills that will prepare them for the 21st Century and I am thrilled to help them on their way.
Surf long and prosper!
September 18 is Coastal Cleanup Day! Every year people with a love for the sea gather to protect our shores from the unsightly and often deadly debris left by thoughtless beachgoers, reckless boaters or lawless ship operators. Marine floating debris makes our beaches unpleasant; it is mistaken for food by many marine animals; it can entangle and suffocate marine mammals; and it promotes unhealthy water conditions by acting as a substrate for bacterial. Keeping our coastlines clean is everyone's responsibility every day! Next time you see someone throw trash overboard or on the beach--especially cigarette butts--ask them if they've ever met Dr. Chamberlin. Kindly retrieve their trash and let them know that Dr. Chamberlin would be happy to discuss with them the importance of keeping the beach clean. Feel free to tell them about our web site. And make sure you dispose of their trash properly. By presenting yourself as a positive role model, those who may not know better will become enlightened. For more details on a Coastal Cleanup near you, please visit the Coastal Cleanup Day Web Site, http://www.ceres.ca.gov/coastalcomm/publiced/ccd/ccd.html.
Huntington Beach continues to be plagued by unhealthy bacterial levels and questionable political practices. While the beach was opened over Labor Day, parts of it were closed again Tuesday. Until the public voices their concern and urges our government officials to support the much-needed scientific studies to protect our coastal waters, these kinds of problems are going to become business as usual on our local shores. If you want to examine the impact of these closures on Huntington Beach "firsthand", point your browser to the Huntington Beach Photo Journal, a new addition to the Remarkable Ocean World.
Training for NASA Solar System Ambassadors is underway! This summer, I was selected for a 16-month volunteer position as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. Online and phone training prepares Ambassadors to speak about NASA's many missions to explore our solar system and beyond. Look for Solar System events in October and November!
Expedition to Rapa Nui
The Remarkable Ocean World has a subscribable mailing list that publishes the daily reports and locations for the Polynesian Voyaging Society mission to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The Hawaiian double-canoe Hokule'a left Hawaii in July and recently arrived at Mangraeva completing the second leg of their journey. They will depart in mid-September on the third leg of their journey to Rapa Nui. The Hokulea uses traditional methods of navigation called wayfinding, which rely on the stars, sun, moon, waves and many other natural phenonena to navigate across the open ocean. This historic expedition traces the route thought to be used by ancient Hawaiians when they discovered and colonized Rapa Nui. Reports on the expedition so far can be found at the Hokule'a to Rapa Nui Expedition Page in the Remarkable Ocean World.
Learn Day III
Preparations are underway for Global Learn Day III, hosted by the Franklin Learning Institute of Global Education. Global Learn Day III is an around-the-world, around-the-clock online conference celebrating distance education in every corner of the globe. I will be presenting a brief message at the start of the event and moderating throughout the event. GLDIII will happen on October 11, 1999, and 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. 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.
Ado About Nothing
Yours truly has been cast as Don John the Bastard in Fullerton College's production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Don John plays a villainous role in this comedy about romance. He was played by Keanu Reeves in Kenneth Branagh's movie of this play. The show opens Friday, October 15 at 8 PM in the Campus Theatre. Additional show dates are 8/16 (8pm), 8/21 (8pm), 8/22 (8pm) and 8/23 (8 pm). Please e-mail Sean Chamberlin for details about tickets.
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.
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.