UH Leads Newest NSF Ocean Education Center
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Combining ocean science literacy and local knowledge is one of COSEE-IE’s top priorities ( photo by C. Wiener)

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, have begun a new program to make scientists and their research more accessible to educators and the community.

Since 2002, the National Science Foundation Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence network has grown to 14 thematic and regional centers located around the United States, and the newest addition to the COSEE family has arrived in Hawaiʻi, COSEE Island Earth.

COSEE-IE is a partnership among several UH institutions, including the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, Maui College, UH Sea Grant and the Mānoa College of Education.

COSEE-IE plans to work closely with science and community partners to develop and distribute programs that support ocean science literacy and stewardship across the Hawaiian Islands.

“Our goal is to help build productive, synergistic, long-lasting collaborations between scientists, educators and the community that respect and honor the cultural landscape of Hawaiʻi,” said Judith Lemus, HIMB associate specialist and principal investigator for the COSEE-IE program.