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Plan to Eliminate NSF MSP Subject of NY Times Column
The President's proposal
in his FY2005 budget to eliminate the National Science Foundation Math and Science
Partnership program and shift $120 million to the U. S. Department of Education
solely for math programs under No Child Left Behind was the subject of an April
14 New York Times column. The article showcases the reactions of two
science education champions in the House—Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
and Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY)—to the President's proposal, and
their commitment to maintain the NSF program.
Writes columnist Michael
Winerip “So when Representative Ehlers heard that his fellow Republican, President
Bush, had proposed killing the agency's $120 million math-science partnership
program between colleges and public schools, which has been supported in various
forms by Congress and presidents for decades, he was angry. ‘A very bad idea,'
he said. And when he learned that the president wanted to give that $120 million
in NSF grant money to the federal Education Department for remedial math so
districts could meet their testing goals under the No Child Left Behind law,
he was madder still.”
To read the entire NY Times
article titled “Lines Drawn in Fight on NSF Financing,” go to http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/14/education/14educ.html?ex=1082949341&ei=1&e
(Free registration is required).
To read the
NSTA letter that was sent to members of Congress with the article,
go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_04_19_letter1.htm.
Click here http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_04_19_letter2.htm
to read the NSTA letter to the editor sent to the NY Times.
Please take a minute
to contact your Representative! Send him or her a copy of this
NY Times article and ask him/her to join Representative Ehlers
and Representative Boehlert and reject the Administration's proposed
elimination of the National Science Foundation Math and Science
Partnership program in the FY2005 budget. Go to http://www.house.gov
to identify and contact your House representative.
Testifies Before President's Commission on Moon, Mars, and Beyond
On April 15,
NSTA Executive Director Gerald Wheeler testified before a blue ribbon
panel tasked by President Bush and funded through NASA to examine
and make recommendations about future space explorations as outlined
in the President's policy initiative “A Renewed Spirit of Discovery.”
his testimony, Wheeler said NSTA believes that space exploration
“provides inherent, compelling, and powerful opportunities to strengthen
and support education.” He provided six recommendations to the Commission
for their consideration: (1) establish education as a core component
of the President's vision for space exploration; (2) develop a unifying
vision to guide all education contributions of exploration activities;
(3) significantly increase the number of teachers and university
faculty engaged in high-quality professional development through
space exploration; (4) enhance the content knowledge of educators
through their intellectual engagement; (5) create a compelling national
understanding of the importance of science, technology, engineering
and mathematics using the President's exploration vision; and (6)
explicitly include the science-teaching workforce in all workforce
more information on the commission, go to http://www.moontomars.org. Click here http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_04_19_testimony.htm
to read or download a copy of the NSTA testimony.
New NSTA Press Titles Meet Challenges of College Professors: Innovative
Teaching Tips, and 36 Ready-to-Use Favorite Demonstrations
spring new books list from NSTA Press are two important titles for
every college science instructor.
Demonstrations for College Science is a collection of 36 popular
classroom demonstrations published since 1993 in NSTA's member journal,
Journal of College Science Teaching. The book begins with
a chapter on safety, then goes on to you-are-there demonstrations
conveying scientific principals while making them memorable. Subjects
include general science, biology, chemistry, Earth science, and
physics; demos are simple to prepare, low-cost, and repeatable.
To browse the book, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB185X
Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction, brings
professors the best thinking from campuses nationwide on how to
engage their science students. A quick-read compilation of more
than 50 innovative approaches that the Society for College Science
Teachers have found especially effective under “Pedagogical Practices,”
“Assessment Activities,” and “Content Challenges.” Preview the
book online at no charge at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB188X
on the college campus? Share NSTA Express with an educator friend
who toils away in the halls of ivy by forwarding this edition.)
Systems in Spotlight in American Museum of Natural History Summer
Online Courses for K-12 Teachers
has our Earth evolved? Think you really know all the fine points?
Register now for Earth: Inside and Out—Dynamic Earth Systems,”
an online summer course from the American Museum of Natural History,
and you'll explore the geological events and systems that have shaped
the planet and make it habitable. The six-week course is one of
five life, Earth, and physical science courses being offered by
the museum starting June 28. Each course is designed for K-12 educators,
is fully Web-based, and can be taken for up to four graduate credits.
Courses feature rich media elements and flexible online discussions
that include a museum scientist, an experienced instructor, and
a networked community of teachers.
For course descriptions
and to register, please go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIS04.
For more information on the NSTA Institute, of which the museum
is a member, please go to http://institute.nsta.org.
of Maryland Master of Life Sciences Program, Term IV Application
Deadline is May 24; 30-Credit Course of Study Begins Online June
for practicing middle and high school science teachers, the University
of Maryland Web-based Master of Life Sciences program is a 30-credit
interdisciplinary course of study with concentrations in biology
and chemistry. Human Physiology, Immunology, and Statistics and
Experimental Design, will be offered in the upcoming Term IV (of
four 10-week terms offered each year), and applications are now
being accepted for admission. Deadline for application is May 24.
Classes for Term IV begin June 7.
Maryland professors with significant teaching and research credentials
teach the courses. Students have access to the university's online
library services and receive full technical support. Admission
requires two letters of recommendation and is open to those with
one year of teaching experience, an undergraduate degree in biological
science, chemistry, biochemistry, science education, or related
field. Students must also have successfully completed a gateway
review class or earned a grade of B or better on the admission exam.
The admission exam is offered continuously. GRE scores are not required.
For more information
and to apply, visit http://www.onlinestudies.umd.edu/mlfsc/,
or send a request to email@example.com
for a free brochure.
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