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Faking It Won't Make It in Science; Education Week Talks With NSTA Press Author

A front-page article in the December 1 issue of Education Week by reporter Sean Cavanagh explores the subject matter expertise of science teachers and the work of Bill Robertson, author of the NSTA book series Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It, to help teachers better understand core science concepts. Read the entire article online at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2004/12/01/14faking.h24.html (free registration is required.) To browse the Stop Faking It! books, go to http://store.nsta.org/searchBasic.asp?searchTerm=Stop+Faking+It%21&x=19&y=11.

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Congress Trims Money for Science Agency Reports New York Times

The recent budget cuts to FY2005 programs at the National Science Foundation were the subject of a November 30 article in the New York Times. Reporter Robert Pear writes, "Supporters of scientific research, in government and at universities, noted that the cut came as lawmakers earmarked more money for local projects like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Punxsutawney Weather Museum in Pennsylvania." To read the entire article, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/30/politics/30spend.html (free registration is required).

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Evolution Makes Headlines Nationwide

Challenges to the teaching of evolution have gained national attention in the news media once again. Local school boards in Dover, Pennsylvania, and Grantsburg, Wisconsin have opened the door for nonscientific viewpoints in the science classroom by making statements regarding the study of "alternative theories" of evolution. In Georgia, residents await a court decision about whether an antievolution disclaimer can continue to be placed in science textbooks. Read more about these cases in this week's Evolution Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_12_06_evolution.htm).

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Diverse Roster of Featured Speakers, PD Institutes, and More Highlight 2005 NSTA Dallas Convention

NSTA's 53rd National Convention convenes in Dallas on March 31, with over 1,200 learning sessions, the resource-rich products and services Exhibit Hall, field trips, networking opportunities, and a growing list of world-renown speakers and presenters, before closing on April 3. Early confirmations for the speakers' roster include:

Alton Brown—host of the Food Network show Good Eats, and author of several award-winning cookbooks exploring the science behind baking—will address the CESI/NSTA Elementary Science Luncheon on April 2 on "Blinded By Science: How a guy who failed chemistry three times and biology twice learned to stop worrying and love the lab through food."

Chris Dede—Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard's Graduate School of Education—will discuss using emerging media to aid science learning.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens animal ambassador Julie Scardina, who shares her life-long love of animals and the park's commitment to wildlife conservation with audiences ranging from a few children in a classroom to millions of viewers on national television.

Family Therapist and Bilingual Educator Dr. Terry Tafoya, executive director of Tamanawit LLC., who will incorporate basic elements of clinical techniques and learning acquisition in working with students, colleagues, and communities. In addition, Dr Tafoya will explore issues and strategies that assist educators in fostering achievement by Native American students.

Preconvention, there's year two of NSTA's very popular Professional Development Institutes, which kick-off on March 30 with a full-day session followed by additional optional daily sessions during the convention itself.
You'll find all the details of the convention agenda online at http://www.nsta.org/conventions and look for more details to come, so browse, use the personal agenda feature, and register now at earlybird rates.

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The Science Teacher Seeking a Few Good Questions!

The Science Teacher, NSTA's journal for secondary science educators, invites teachers to submit questions for the journal's "Ask the Experts" department. Previous questions asked and answered include "Why does the Moon appear larger in winter?" and "Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of its container?" Questions are welcome from students as well as teachers, and those who submit questions selected for publication will receive a gift certificate to the NSTA Science Store. To look at the current issue's "Ask the Experts" column, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_teacher.php?category_ID=88&news_story_ID=50014. To submit questions, e-mail department editor Marc Rosner at MARosner@aol.com.

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Effective Solutions for Your Recruiting Needs Are Just a Click Away--And at Special Holiday Rates!

Find qualified candidates fast! The NSTA Career Center is your quick and easy way to reach the science education community. Our online service attracts more than 25,000 page views per month and offers a database of nearly 300 resumes of science educators actively seeking new career opportunities. Learn more at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_12_06_careers.htm.

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