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National Science Board Report Indicates Strong Need for Professionals in Science and Engineering Workforce

The National Science Board (NSB), the governing body of the National Science Foundation (NSF), released a report on the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) workforce indicating the nation’s dependence on foreign-born workers in S&E occupations at a time when the number of H-1B visas issued to these workers is sharply decreasing.

According to 2000 census data, foreign-born workers with bachelor's degrees now represent 17 percent of the total in S&E positions held by people with bachelor's degrees, 29 percent with those with master’s degree, and 38 percent among doctorate holders. NSB members also reported that from 2001 to 2002, H-1B visas for foreign workers in science, engineering, and technology-related fields declined sharply from about 166,000 to around 74,000.

"These trends provide policymakers with the unusual challenge in the coming years of producing enough talent from pools of both U.S. and foreign-educated professionals to fill the important and growing numbers of positions we expect in critical fields," said Warren M. Washington, NSB Chair.

Among the NSB's key recommendations is the need to provide better compensation, in-service training, and support for pre-college teachers of mathematics, science, and technology. For the full report, The Science and Engineering Workforce--Realizing America's Potential, go to
http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/documents/2003/nsb0369/nsb0369.pdf.

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Submission Deadline to Join An NSTA Committee is Fast Approaching

As an active committee member, you will interact with colleagues, gain insights into the complexity of issues, and have a positive impact on science teaching and learning in your own state as well as nationally. NSTA depends on volunteers like you—we need your expertise and value your input. Please consider volunteering your time and knowledge to NSTA next year; for more information, visit www.nsta.org/standingcommittees. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2003.

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NSTA Career Center—Where Science Educators Find the Right Job, Right Now

Whether you are ready to make your next career move or are just thinking about it, don’t miss out on NSTA’s new Online Career Center. In increasing numbers, your colleagues have posted their resumes and are already receiving responses from potential employers. Visit the Online Career Center to post your resume. If you’re an employer with a job vacancy to fill, please visit the Employers section at http://careers.nsta.org.

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NSTA Student Chapters Hold Joint Meeting Via Interactive Television (ITV)

In early November, the first-ever joint meeting of two NSTA student chapters via ITV took place. Separated by a distance of nearly 1,000 miles, the Murray State University (Murray, KY) NSTA student chapter linked up with the Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) NSTA student chapter for an hour-long program. For the complete story, visit http://coekate.murraystate.edu/connections/articles/2003/nsta

Thinking of starting your own student chapter?  Register now for NSTA’s FREE virtual workshop on Friday, December 5 at 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (EST). The live online session broadcast to your computer from NSTA’s Reno, NV convention, will give you an overview of the NSTA student chapter program and tips on how to organize one at your institution. To register for the session, go to http://www.horizonlive.com/eventreg/participant/registration.php?eventid=149. For more information about the NSTA student chapter program, visit www.nsta.org/chapters or e-mail chapters@nsta.org.

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Is Your High School Class Collaborating with Your Community?  Propose a Story for The Science Teacher

If you are a high school science teacher, you are invited and encouraged to submit manuscripts describing your successful collaborative projects between science classes and the community for possible publication in NSTA’s member journal The Science Teacher.   If you and your students work together as a scientific team to affect your environment, improve the scientific literacy of your local community, do field research during the summer break, or otherwise work to improve your community as collaborative scientists, consider submitting your story.  Submit manuscripts online by going to http://msrs.nsta.org.  Be sure to describe the project, its results and their impact on the community or environment, and the way in which students and teacher worked with the community.  Also indicate in the “theme” field that the article is for the “Student/Teacher/Community Successes” issue.  Deadline is January 1, 2004.

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