News and Announcements

TOS NEWS — November 5, 2018                           

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1. Message from TOS President, Alan Mix

It’s membership renewal time! Instructions for renewing regular, sponsoring and early career memberships will arrive via email within the two days. For the first time in several years, we’ve implemented a modest increase for regular and sponsoring memberships to help support TOS programs. Members will also see a new option for selecting automatic dues renewal. If you have ideas for new TOS initiatives that would benefit our members, please let us know by sending an email to Jenny Ramarui. This is your organization! TOS is largely run by its volunteer members, and we always enjoy hearing from you. 

2. Student Membership Renewal Process

Since student members receive complimentary membership, the renewal process is handled differently from other membership categories. Student members who indicated 2018 as their expected graduation year when joining TOS will receive an email from Jenny Ramarui asking them for updated information in order to continue their student membership. Students who complete their degree in 2018 will be invited to become Early Career members. Students who indicated that their expected graduation date is 2019 or later will continue their membership without needing to provide additional information.

3. September issue of Oceanography now online

The September issue on Mathematical Aspects of Physical Oceanography has been published; articles are available here. Email notices have been sent to all TOS members that the full digital edition is available. Hard copies will be sent within the next week.

4. Survey: Assessing Scientists’ Willingness to Engage in Science Communication

TOS is one of thirty scientific organizations participating in a survey – administered by ScienceCounts and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science – to assess scientific society members’ views on science communication and public engagement. Responses will help shape the trajectory of community-wide science communication and public engagement efforts.

If you would like to provide your input, please complete this survey by November 30. It should only take 15 minutes and all responses are anonymous and confidential. 

5. Visit the TOS Booth at the AGU Fall Meeting

If you are attending the AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, please visit the TOS booth (#518) and relax for a while on our sofa!

6. Ocean Community News

NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) seeks candidates for the position of Section Head, Marine Geosciences Section in the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE). The Section Head serves as a member of the Division leadership team and as the Directorate’s principal spokesperson in the areas of marine geology, marine geophysics, and chemical oceanography research. Click here for additional details.



TOS is making great strides toward fulfilling its mission as we grow to represent more members of the oceanographic community worldwide. Please invite your collleagues to join by forwarding them this link to the membership page. If you would like to support TOS initiatives and programs, please consider contributing by following this link.

Please contact Jenny Ramarui (, TOS Executive Director, with any questions about items in this message or your membership.

Community Announcements


Notice of solicitation for members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board
NOAA is soliciting nominations for members of the Science Advisory Board (SAB). At this time, individuals are sought with expertise in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and data management; weather modeling and data assimilation; remote/autonomous sensing technology; ocean exploration science and technology; and ‘omics science. Individuals with expertise in other NOAA mission areas are also welcome to apply. For more information on the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB), please refer to the SAB Website and for details on how to submit applications, please refer to the Federal Register Notice. Applications should be submitted electronically to by October 15, 2018.

NSF 2026 Idea Machine Prize
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the launch of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM education. Participants can earn cash prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by NSF. It’s an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF’s mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country’s global leadership in science and engineering. Entries will be accepted through October 26, 2018. For more information, including entry instructions, eligibility, rules, and judging criteria, please visit the NSF 2026 Idea Machine website.

Call for the World Ocean Assessment-II Pool of Experts
The UN is developing the second World Ocean Assessment (WOA-II). The WOA-II is expected to produce a streamlined report describing the scientific aspects of threats to, and conditions in, our marine environment.  WOA-II is intended to be a useful resource for policymakers and will serve as a key reference on the state of the marine environment. A robust Pool of Experts comprised of experts is critical to ensuring the success of the WOA-II. You are therefore strongly encouraged to join the Pool of Experts. We are looking for scientists across a large range of marine-related disciplines, with expertise in all the world’s oceans and marine areas, and especially encourage those with experience in social sciences to apply. The deadline for the first round of nominations is April 30, 2018 > Learn more.

The Sea
The Sea
series is now being published as an occasional special issue, primarily online, by the Journal of Marine Research.

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