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Children of Immigrants Among Highest Achievers in Science and Math Competitions

Foreign-born high school students make up 50 percent of the 2004 U. S. Math Olympiad top scorers, 38 percent of the U. S. Physics Team, and 25 percent of the Intel Science Talent Search finalists, according to the National Foundation for American Policy report, The Multiplier Effect. Education Week reported on the study in its July 28 edition and quoted NSTA Executive Director Gerry Wheeler, who brought attention to a lack of focus in the nation's science curriculum. To read the Education Week story, go to http://www.edweek.com/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=43Immig.h23. To download the report, The Multiplier Effect, go to http://www.nfap.net/.

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New Online Courses on Food Safety Offered by U/Mass for Middle, High School Teachers

Registration is now open for Food Safety FIRST, a series of newly developed online professional development courses being offered by the University of Massachusetts Extension Nutrition Education Program. Courses are designed to help middle and high school teachers use inquiry-based learning, increase laboratory skills, share food science and food safety ideas with peers worldwide, develop meaningful student projects that meet the National Science Education Standards (NSES), and integrate food microbiology and food science into classroom activities. CEUs. Graduate credits are available. Courses offered as individual units or as a three-module program, are Bacteria are Everywhere, Food Handling Is a Risky Business, and Current Controversies in Food Science, with the first starting in September. For details, registration and other start dates, and to reserve a place for fall classes, go to http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org, and click on How to Enroll.

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National Geographic’s Resident Herpetologist/TV Host Shares Life Adventures at Fall NSTA Indy Convention

Dr. Brady Barr, National Geographic Reptile Expert and host of Reptile Wild with Dr. Brady Barr, addresses the opening general session and leads off a diverse and engaging list of featured speakers for the first of NSTA’s fall conventions in Indianapolis, Nov. 4-6. Barr’s presentation “Average Kids Are Capable of Great Things,” is his firsthand account of “an average kid that exceeded all expectations—from high school to international television host.” For more on Barr, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/conventions/ticketed_info.php?record_id=19425.

Attendees are invited to hear from an impressive array of speakers during the three-day event: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_08_02_extra.htm

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NASA Funded Astronomy and Astrobiology Graduate Level Courses among NTEN Fall Online Offerings

Two NASA funded courses—The Invisible Universe Online: The Search for Astronomical Origins and Astrobiology for Teachers, headline the 12 fall semester course offerings from National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) for K-12 science. The NASA courses are available at reduced prices and teachers can earn 3 graduate semester credits. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe, defined as an interdisciplinary science at the intersection of physics, astronomy, biology, geology, and mathematics, to discover where and under what conditions life can arise and exist in the Universe.

For more details on NTEN's full list of fall courses, and to register, go to http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm.  Courses begin from late August to early October and run 7 to 16 weeks. Through affiliation with the NSTA Institute, http://institute.nsta.org, NSTA members receive a 10% tuition discount on full price courses. Enrollments will be accepted until a course is filled or when sessions begin.

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Online Opt-In Member Directory Survey

To help NSTA members network with other like-minded NSTA members, we are looking into the creation of an online directory of those members who choose to be listed. In the directory, members could contact one another in a process that would not reveal e-mail addresses. The process protects the privacy of NSTA members, but gives them the opportunity to connect and collaborate with others. Each member who “opts-in” the directory would control whether some or all his/her contact information would appear. Interested in this type of directory? Let us know: http://science.nsta.org/survey_member_directory

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