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President Nominates Arden Bement, Jr. to Head National Science Foundation

On September 15, the White House announced President Bush’s plans to nominate Arden Bement, Jr. to be the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Bement is the current Acting Director of the NSF following the resignation of Rita Colwell; he is also Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Before coming to NIST, Bement was the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering, and he headed Purdue University's School of Nuclear Engineering. He holds a PhD in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He also served on National Science Board, the independent policy body established by Congress to oversee the NSF.

Bement's nomination must first be approved by the Senate. For more information, visit the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/od.

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Report Spotlights Education in Major Industrialized Nations

A yearly ranking of the education systems in 30 industrialized nations shows that many countries have surpassed the United States' rate of high school completion. The report, published by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), indicates that America ranks 10th among other industrialized nations in the share of 25- to 34-year-olds who have high school diplomas. While 87 percent of U.S. adults in that age group have at least a high school education, the percentage of high school graduates in Japan, Korea, Norway, and the Czech Republic rank above the U.S. According to OECD, high school participation rates have not declined for the United States, but they have increased much faster in other countries. The U.S. still holds an edge in the share of adults with at least a four-year college education: among adults ages 25 to 64, the U.S. ranks second behind Canada; among adults ages 25 to 34, the U.S. ranks second behind Norway.  

The study also examines teaching trends. The average number of hours a teacher is expected to teach at the lower secondary level is 714, which encompasses a range of 513 hours per year in Japan to 1,167 hours in Mexico, while the U.S. figure is 1,127 hours. Salaries per teaching hour are highest in Japan and Korea (over $80 per teaching hour) and lowest in the Slovak Republic ($10 per teaching hour). The United States has a below-average salary-to-teaching-hour ratio of $38 per teaching hour.

To read a story published in the September 14 edition of The Washington Post, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19421-2004Sep14.html. For more information about the report "Education at a Glance," go to http://www.oecd.org.

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You’ll be Soaring to New Heights in Science at NSTA’s Seattle Convention, Nov. 18-20…Register by Sept. 24 for Earlybird Best Buy

The excitement, exhibits, professional development, and networking of an NSTA area convention come to Seattle this fall, and we’re going all out to make the northwestern region’s premier gathering of science educators rewarding and worthwhile. Join us Nov. 18-20, for 2-1/2 exciting days of science immersion, to learn from more than 250 practical hands-on workshops, presentations, sessions, and short courses under six important strands: Leadership in Science Education; Building the Capacity of New Teachers; How People Learn; Applications of Science and Technology; Assessment; and Teacher of Teachers.  As a special preconvention opportunity, NSTA is also presenting a daylong conference on Nov. 17 for preK-8 grade teachers: Linking Science and Literacy in the Classroom, featuring an agenda of well-known experts discussing National Science Foundation-funded research findings and classroom practice. For the full convention agenda including speakers, field trips, short courses, the literacy conference and more, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions. And don’t forget to use the personal scheduler feature to build your convention professional development plan to print and present as part of your request for funding.  See you in Seattle!

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Receive $50 Off Your Next Job Posting—Offer Ends Soon!

For a limited time, advertise your science-related job opening now and receive a $50 discount on each job posting through September 30! The NSTA Career Center is a quick and easy way to reach the science education community. Our unique online service attracts more than 25,000 page views per month and offers a database of more than 300 resumes of science educators actively seeking new career opportunities. 

Enter B2SE in the Promotional Code box when posting each new listing at http://careers.nsta.org. Subscriptions to browse the resume database are available for only $20 per month. Visit http://careers.nsta.org/rates.asp for complete details.

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New NSTA Press Title Doing Good Science in Middle School Delivers Inquiry Activities, Ideas, Strategies…Based on Research, Experience

The authors of Doing Good Science in Middle School: A Practical Guide to Inquiry-Based Instruction—newly available from NSTA Press®—describe “good science” as promoting “the unexpected and delightful development of adolescent middle school students.”

Olaf Jorgenson, Jackie Cleveland, and Rick Vanosdall are highly experienced educators who have combined practical insights about adolescent learners with what master teachers know about successfully shifting from passive, textbook-centered instruction to inquiry-based investigations.  At the core of this comprehensive practitioner’s guide are 20 must-do activities—developmentally appropriate, inquiry- and Standards-based lessons for teachers of every experience level in the real-world middle school.  To browse the book’s chapters on the psychology of the middle school learner; why inquiry and collaboration are the cornerstones of good science; and integrating science, literacy, math, technology, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB183X.

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NSTA Members: Spread Your Annual Membership Dues Over Time—Automatically With Your Credit Card

NSTA members now have the option to have membership dues billed automatically to a credit card on a quarterly or annual basis—for NO additional charge. If you choose to take advantage of this exclusive benefit, indicate your automated payment preference (quarterly or annual) on your next membership renewal statement, or visit http:// www.nsta.org/renew to renew online. Questions? Contact NSTA Member Services at 800-722-NSTA or 703-243-7100, or e-mail membership@nsta.org

Just another way NSTA is working for YOU!

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