Tuesday, March 2, 2021

International Girls and Women in Science Day with UNH Ocean Mappers Webinar and STEM Resources


Thank you to all of you who registered for our “Celebrating Women Ocean Mappers and Their Stories” seminar, part of our Girls and Women in Science Day event. 

We have recorded the seminar, the link to it is here. Celebrating Women Ocean Mappers and Their Stories (https://vimeo.com/513952947)


 

Below we will list some resources that we hope you will find helpful. We do also have students and researchers who may have the capacity to visit with your classes and groups virtually. Should you be interested in connecting with our students, please reach out to Tara Hicks Johnson at tjohnson@ccom.unh.edu.

 

First, a note from Josie James - 

Thank you, students, teachers, fellow Tharpophiles and lovers of science and the ocean for joining us to celebrate Girls and Women in Science Day.  I was honored to be part of such a prestigious and adventurous panel of researchers and explorers. It is important to remember that one does not need to be a scientist to explore the wonders of Earth. I hope that books like MARIE’S OCEAN bring young readers to feel as much joy about discovering scientific wonders as they do when they hear their favorite song or settle in to watch their favorite television program. For more information about MARIE’S OCEAN, links to informative articles, videos, curriculum guides, and cool people in science: please visit my website: www.joannadinolfi.com

Stay strong and stay curious —Josie James



Resources

Ocean mapping resources  

UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) has two objectives, to develop the tools to advance ocean mapping, and to train the next generation of hydrographers and ocean mappers. Students and researchers map the ocean floor with such groups as the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and the Ocean Exploration Trust. For listings of opportunities and educational resources, please see the sites listed below. 

CCOM - https://ccom.unh.edu/

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research - https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/

Ocean Exploration Trust - https://nautiluslive.org/

 

STEM Education resources 

The Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education at UNH works to transform education in mathematics, science, and engineering in elementary and secondary schools and in non-formal settings through high quality research, carefully examined practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We facilitate partnerships and initiate programs with the goal of developing educators' knowledge of science, mathematics, and engineering concepts, along with human learning strategies—developing learners who experience the joy of discovery and the challenge of understanding; providing learning environments that support active engagement.

https://www.unh.edu/leitzel-center

 

The UNH Cooperative Extension STEM Education team addresses NH’s science literacy needs head on by engaging K-12 educators, adults, and youth in research-informed STEM learning experiences. We are transforming K-12 STEM education in the Granite State by providing professional development workshops for educators, STEM enrichment for learners, and leadership throughout the state to collaboratively achieve science literacy for all.

https://extension.unh.edu/topics/stem-education

 

The School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering is the University of New Hampshire’s first interdisciplinary school, designed to address today’s highly complex ocean and coastal challenges through integrated graduate education, research and engagement. As such, it serves as an interdisciplinary nexus for marine science and ocean engineering teaching and research across the University.

https://marine.unh.edu/

For more information about virtually connecting your class or group with a UNH ocean explorer, please contact Tara Hicks Johnson at tjohnson@ccom.unh.edu.



Celebrating Women Ocean Mappers and Their Stories

Thank you students, teachers, fellow Tharpophiles, and lovers of science and the ocean for joining us to celebrate Girls and Women in Science Day.  I was honored to be part of such a prestigious and adventurous panel of researchers and explorers.

It is important to remember that one does not need to be a scientist to explore the wonders of Earth. I hope that books like MARIE’S OCEAN bring young readers to feel as much joy about discovering scientific wonders as they do when they hear their favorite song or settle in to watch their favorite television program. For more information about MARIE’S OCEAN, links to informative articles, videos, curriculum guides, and cool people in science: please visit my website: www.joannadinolfi.com


Stay strong and stay curious —Josie James


Click HERE to view the Webinar any time! 






Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Plate Tectonics Curriculum Guide For MARIE'S OCEAN



CLICK IMAGE TO PURCHASE MARIE'S OCEAN
MARIE THARP MAPS THE MOUNTAINS UNDER THE SEA


I came across this excellent resource for teachers with awesome links to dig deeper into plate tectonics and much more. Please don't forget to share the story of one of the greatest cartographers of the twentieth century, the amazing hidden figure who discovered the rift valley, MARIE THARP! 

Here is Teaching Plate Tectonics with a free downloadable teach Plate Tectonics Guidebook.  

The author is HOBART KING.  Find out more about him here:  https://geology.com/authors/hobart-king/  Thank you Hobart!

King provides many easy to draw illustrations to enhance understanding. Please share your drawings with me, Josie James, the author of MARIE'S OCEAN, and Hobart King, the author of this amazing guidebook. Also, I would love to hear how Marie Tharp's life and work is inspiring students to learn more about earth science and the ocean floor.  Let me know if I may share your work with others.  Thank you! Contact me here.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

International Girls and Women in Science Day February 11, 2021

Free Event! Spread the word! 

Parents, students, teachers, lovers of the ocean, please register here:

https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tGEEhOPKdce7C6

Help celebrate International Girls and Women in Science Day with real life UNH ocean explorers and mappers Dr. Florencia Fahnestock and Elizabeth Weidner PhD Candidate in Oceanography!  Dr. Julie Bryce, professor of Geochemistry, who helped me tremendously with MARIE'S OCEAN, and Dr. Diane Foster, Director of the Marine School at UNH, will moderate the discussion. 




Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Rare and Stunning Footage of Alfred Wegener's Greenland Expedition 1930.



From MARIE'S OCEAN by Josie James


Science history is fascinating.  I did a lot of research while creating MARIE'S OCEAN.  Dr. Alfred Wegener is an integral part of Marie Tharp's story.  They will always be kindred spirits; he was shunned for his theory of continental drift, and Tharp, who proved his theory correct, was erased for a very long time from the very discoveries she made, proving Wegener's theory correct. This rare film is a great resource to share with your students. It is a testament to the bravery, curiosity, and tenacity of explorers in science history. 

I urge you to view this stunning footage of Wegener's Greenland expedition (1930-31) 

From the Environment and Society Portal: This educational film follows the chronological course of the expedition, there first one to explore the Greenland ice sheet, to study arctic weather and air conditions, and to gain information about numerous geological structures as evidence of Wegener's continental drift theory. — Dorit Müller


Wegener's Continents










    Tuesday, January 26, 2021

    The Force of Marie Tharp How and Why the Continents Move

    STOP what you are doing and think about this!  The seven continents were once one giant continent know as Pangaea. They will rejoin in around 250 million years to form Pangaea Proxima. We know that because of the unifying theory of plate tectonics pioneered by Tharp’s discovery of the rift valley. Each day new seafloor is forming and the continents move about an inch per year.  Tharp was a cartographic genius. She created her physiographic diagrams representing the Mid-Ocean Ridge and Rift Valley that circles the globe 40,000 miles without the use of satellites and computer technology. The precision and accuracy of her maps can still compete with today’s satellite imagery and modern SONAR technology.

    After Bruce’s Heezen’s untimely death, Tharp was denied work in the field in which she had made significant contributions, yet she blazed a trail for future ocean explorers like Sylvia Earle, the renowned oceanographer, and explorer Cindy Lee Van Dover, a deep-sea biologist, who piloted 48 deep sea dives in the deep- diving submersible ALVIN. Today most of the ocean floor and the oceans, around 80 percent, remain unmapped and unexplored. Women are poised to take the lead in marine exploration, oceanography, geology, and cartography and move forward toward a brighter more equal future because Marie Tharp was the force that sent Earth science on that journey.


    Watch the continents break apart and drift across the globe. This animation is by Christopher Scotese.  You can subscribe to his channel on You Tube. This animation shows the plate tectonic evolution of Earth from the time of Pangaea, 240 million years ago, to the formation of Pangaea Proxima, 250 million years in the future. WATCH HERE.


    PBS Eons The Whole Saga of the Supercontinents: WATCH HERE TO SEE HOW HERE GOT HERE! 


    To find out more about Marie Tharp's life and discovery please read MARIE'S OCEAN. 





    Earth Science, Geology, Women in STEM, Marie Tharp, Plate Tectonics, Seafloor Spreading, Oceanography, Cartography, Science History

    Saturday, January 23, 2021

    Bernie Memes Starring Marie Tharp


     I could not resist.

    Illustration from MARIE'S OCEAN 

    Here is another featuring the great Tharp and her famous World Ocean Floor Panorama. With her hat and his mittens, they are a perfect team!

    Bernie learning a thing or two about the ocean floor.



    Thursday, January 21, 2021

    Discover The Geology Around Us




    Writing MARIE'S OCEAN introduced me to the world of geology. I decided to create a book about Marie Tharp because I was shocked that I knew nothing about her. I was even more shocked that I knew nothing about the Rift Valley and the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a mountain range under the sea that encircles our globe with an astounding length of over 40,000 miles. It is the largest geological feature on Earth and has an average depth of about 8,500 feet under the sea. Here is a fascinating article about the everyday geology around us and the miraculous secrets it reveals. One does not need a submersible to see these remarkable formations. CLICK HERE TO READ: The Geology Around Us by Harrison Tasoff

    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Marie's Ocean

     



    My latest book, MARIE'S OCEAN, has been selected as a BEST STEM BOOK OF 2021 by the NSTA, the National Science Teaching Association. This recognition is a bright light in what has been a very difficult place in time. My father, who died in 2020, did not live to see this honor. He was my biggest fan even when life as a picture book illustrator and writer proved to be less than a fairy tale. Thank you NSTA and The Children;s Book Council. My father would have been so very pleased and proud.