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Administration FY2006 Budget Request Contains Cuts to Science and Math Education Programs at NSF

President Bush released his budget for FY2006 programs last week and although the National Science Foundation (NSF) saw a 2.4 percent increase overall, NSF K-12 math and science education programs did not fare well, and many education programs at the U.S. Department of Education were eliminated. Read this and more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_02_14_legupdate.htm).

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NSTA Elects 2005-2006 Leadership

The ballots have been counted, and we are pleased to announce the newly elected members of the 2005-2006 NSTA Board and Council. Linda Froschauer, an eighth-grade teacher and K-8 science department chair from Weston, Connecticut has been chosen as the 2005-2006 President Elect. Froschauer and nine other new board and council members begin their term on June 1. To find out about all the new members, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=50228.

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NSTA Dallas Convention “Best Price” Earlybird Deadline Feb. 18; NSTA/NSF’s Encore Linking Science & Literacy Conference Deadline March 4

NSTA’s exciting annual convention and exhibition in Dallas is coming up fast, and earlybirds are reminded to register before Friday, February 18 for the best rate, at http://www.nsta.org/main/conventions/convention_intro.php?Meeting_Code=2005DAL.

Our highly anticipated repeat presentation of Linking Science and Literacy in the Classroom conference-within-the-convention on Saturday, April 2 is filling quickly, and K-8 teachers, administrators and professional development providers must register for this event no later than March 4. First presented to a full house at NSTA’s fall Seattle convention, this encore event features workshop presentations on NSF-funded initiatives by experts in science education, research, instructional materials development, school administration, and teacher professional development. Teacher/administrator school teams are encouraged for this important event. For full details and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=101&Meeting_Code=2005DAL. And hurry!

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Want to Know Why “Food Handling is Risky Business”? UMass Nutrition Ed Program Has the Courses for You

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension Nutrition Education Program’s second in a three-module Food Safety FIRST course begins online on March 7. “Food Handling is Risky Business,” is an online training program to help secondary science teachers implement active food safety education lessons.

Learning activities encourage inquiry, experimentation, and theory so your students gain important food safety knowledge, proper food-handling techniques, and valuable critical-thinking skills. Emphasis is given to creating learning opportunities that encourage your students to describe, investigate, and explain phenomena and raise questions consistent with the National Science Education Standards. CEUs and graduate credits are available. For more information on this and the other modules, and to register, go to http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org.

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Robots in the Classroom? NSTA/NASA Free Online Seminar Tells How; Register Now for Feb. 22 Event

Science educators are invited to participate in the final installment of the current series of free live web seminars presented by NSTA and NASA. Using Robots in the Classroom will be offered on Tuesday, February 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. EST. Presenters will be the coauthors of the Exploration Mars curriculum, Dr. Brad Blue and Julie Ferriss, who will be leading participants in activities from that curriculum and using robots to teach math, science, and engineering. For additional information and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseminar_reg.asp.

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