November 2002


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Welcome to Science Class, NSTA's monthly electronic newsletter for science educators. Every month, Science Class features a curriculum topic–in this issue, Careers in Science–that is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet "SciLinks®," NSTA journal articles (sorted by grade range), books, and more. In addition, every issue includes a column on professional development, as well as NSTA news highlights.

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When it comes to having a career in science, there is no secret formula on how to plan one’s path and achieve success in this field. Scientists have made names for themselves by working along quite different career paths. For instance, some scientists spend their lives as college professors or researchers at prominent universities while others achieve success working for private companies or authoring books and articles for various professional publications.

To help you inspire your students to become successful scientists, we have included news stories, websites, books, and other resources in this issue of Science Class. So start experimenting with this information. Who knows? Maybe one of your students will become the next Albert Einstein or Marie Curie!

Science Careers in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Do you have a future winner of a Nobel Prize in your classroom? Share these stories with your students to teach them that a passion for knowledge can be turned into a career that can span a lifetime.

Click here for the latest news stories.

Science Careers on the Net

SciLinks® is an interactive, Web-based service from NSTA that connects your lesson and/or course materials (certain textbooks, NSTA books, and journal articles) with online content chosen just for your selected topics. NSTA members can search by keyword or phrase and receive a list of teacher-approved Internet resources.

Elementary: Careers in Science

Intermediate: Careers in Science

High School:  Careers in Science

Science Careers in NSTA Journal Articles

The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to careers in science.


• Scientists—Geeks & Nerds?

• Breaking Science Stereotypes

• Teaming Up with Scientists


• Expanding Students' Professional Horizons

Countering Gender Bias in the Media

High School:

Career Connections

Science Literates or Science Experts?

Investigating Science Careers Online

Books on Careers in Science

Check out these titles from NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends:

• Multicultural Women of Science

Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists

Scientists Who Made History Series

Professional Development

Today's teachers have more opportunities than ever for pursuing professional development. One option is to use the Internet for online courses and workshops. To find out if this method works for you, read the latest findings from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse about the advantages as well as the drawbacks .

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NSTA Highlights are provided by the NSTA WebNews Service. For additional NSTA Highlights, as well as the latest science and education news, visit

NSTA and Partners Receive $7.5 Million NSF MSP Grant

Start an NSTA Student Chapter Today!

NSTA's Employment Connection
Find a new job or a new employee at NSTA's National Convention in Philadelphia this March. To find out more, please visit and follow the links to Philadelphia's National Convention Info.

Help NSTA Keep Up With You—Update Today!

This year for the first time, you can add your home address when you update your member profile, so we can keep your member benefits coming year-round and don’t forget your current e-mail address!

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Write for NSTA's Journals

Click on the link for the journal of your choice to learn more:

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5)

Science Scope (Grades 5–8)

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12)

Join Your Colleagues at NSTA's Conventions

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards

Learn how your students can benefit from this challenging competition. Click here to learn more:

Meet Author Kathryn Lasky Online

The author of the book "Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles" will answer questions on the NSTA website from November 15–30.

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