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Science Board Report Indicates Strong Need for Professionals in
Science and Engineering Workforce
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Your High School Class
Collaborating with Your Community? Propose a Story for The Science
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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and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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