Genetics is the branch of biology that deals with the heredity
and variation of organisms. As adolescents become more self-aware
and struggle to form and understand their own unique identities,
they may focus intently on why they look and act the way they do.
To capitalize on that interest, you might want to share with them
the news, journal articles, and other resources we provide in this
issue of Science Class.
April 25 is National DNA Day. For information
on various activities, webcasts, and online chats connected with
this event, visit the National Human Genome Research Institute’s
website at http://www.genome.gov/10506367.
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is holding an essay
contest for high school students on the importance of genetics and
genetic research. Essays musts be submitted by March 31,
2006, and Grand-Prize winners will each receive $350. For
more information, visit
Genetics in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
This issue’s news section contains six stories about genes
in humans and animals and what scientists have learned from them.
to learn more.
on the Web
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "Learning Genetics With Paper Pets" at
For the complete March Science Scope Table of Contents,
SciLinks® is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online
content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so
through keywords; the keyword for this issue is
Journal Articles on Genetics
The archives of Science Scope provide additional articles
that deal with genetics.
Click here to learn more:
To read about genetics in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends books,
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
Some Educators, Tagging Is "It"
A recent article in eSchool News explains
how a new way to find and store information online has implications
for schools and teachers.
Click here to read more:
Knows No National Borders
Gene Carter, executive director of the Association
for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), writes about
how the education needs and goals of other countries are not dissimilar
to our own. In his February column, "Is It Good for the Kids?",
Carter writes, "We have much to do to shore up our educational
systems and to ensure that our children can compete globally in
the future. We have many great examples of increasing international
understanding and cooperation that we can follow. But as educators,
we must start with ourselves, expanding the scope of our knowledge
and then passing it on to our students."
To read more, visit http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.ef397d712ea0a4a0a89ad324d3108a0c/
MythBusters to Headline President’s Banquet at NSTA’s
National Conference, April 6-9
Myths, urban legends, old wives’ tales...
How can one be sure what’s fact and what’s fiction?
NSTA is pleased to announce that Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman,
co-hosts of Discovery Channel’s popular MythBusters series,
will speak at the President’s Annual Banquet at NSTA’s
Anaheim Conference on Saturday, April 8. And that’s live
and in person! The hugely popular duo takes on three myths each
week using modern-day science to show viewers what's real and
what's fiction. And they do more than explain how something may
or may not be scientifically possible: Through trial and error,
they actually demonstrate it.
Tickets are required for the 7 p.m. banquet, and
they may be purchased when you register at http://www.nsta.org/anaheim
or on-site (if still available). Don’t miss this event!
Outstanding Science Trade Books
Since 1973, NSTA and the Children’s Book Council
(CBC) have established the criteria for the highest-quality and
most engaging, scientifically-accurate publications for children.
The titles for each year’s list are selected by a book review
panel appointed by NSTA and assembled in cooperation with the
CBC. To learn more about the CBC, visit http://www.cbcbooks.org.
To read the complete list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for
Students K–12, which were selected from books published
in 2005, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51713.
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference
on Science Education in Anaheim, California, April 6–9,
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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