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Parents of Under-represented Students in Science and Engineering Speak Out

According to the latest national science education/science literacy survey from Bayer Corporation, despite the fact that women, African-Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans are under-represented in science and engineering (S&E) in the United States, parents of these students are overwhelmingly confident that their children—both boys and girls—can succeed in these subjects in school and in the workplace.

The survey also reveals a subtle gender bias. While almost all the parents believe S&E careers are desirable for the children, 65% say they are “very desirable” for the sons, but only 41% say “very desirable” for their daughters. All parents were united in their belief that the science and engineering communities need to do a better job of making today’s students more aware of the wide range of job opportunities available to them in these fields.

To view a copy of the report, The Bayer Facts of Science Education XI: American Parents Speak Out About Their Children and Science, go to http://www.bayerus.com/msms/news/facts.cfm?mode=detail&id=survey05.

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NSTA Legislative Update

In May, a House Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its funding bill for the FY2006 programs at the National Science Foundation and a House Education and Workforce subcommittee heard testimony from business and higher education leaders on K-12 math and science education. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_06_legupdate.htm).

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Dr. Michael Padilla Becomes 2005–2006 NSTA President

On June 1, Dr. Michael J. Padilla, a University of Georgia professor, began his one-year term as president of NSTA. Padilla is an outstanding science educator who is well-known for his leadership in and dedication to the science teaching profession. He was a member of the Working Group on Science Teaching Standards, which helped develop the National Science Education Standards.He has served on numerous NSTA committees, and in 1990 he chaired the planning committee for the NSTA National Convention in Atlanta.

To learn more about Dr. Padilla, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_06_press.htm. To read about his presidential theme, Developing a World View for Science Education, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_06_presmessage.htm.

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What are You Doin’ This Summer?

Are you teaching summer school, working a summer job outside of education, going back for some training, or just plain going fishin’? Curious about what your colleagues are doing this summer? Let us know your summer plans by taking this very short survey at http://science.nsta.org/survey_summer_2005, then we’ll report back on the final results in a future issue of NSTA Express. Thanks, and have a great summer from everyone here at NSTA.

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For Just Pennies a Day, NSTA Offers Students, New Teachers, and Retirees Membership Savings

Whether you’re studying to be a teacher or entering into or out of the education community, NSTA has a membership package for you. For only $32 per year for a one-journal membership, you can take advantage of all the benefits of NSTA including:

  • Discounts on books, registration fees, and SciGuides
  • Grade-specific journals
  • NSTA Reports
  • Online searchable journal archive of ALL four journals
  • E-newsletters
  • SciLinks keyword searches
  • Leadership and networking opportunities
  • Grant connections
And much more!

Membership in NSTA is the best investment you’ll ever make to enrich your science teaching career. To learn more or to join, simply visit http://www.nsta.org/benefits or download the NSTA Individual Membership Brochure (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/membership0606.pdf)

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And Don't Forget... 
  • Not a Member and want more information? Simply complete the NSTA online Inquiry Form at http://ecommerce.nsta.org/sendmeinfo.
  • Looking for a New Job? Preview recent job postings including an Education Market Development Manager. Visit http://careers.nsta.org to learn more.
  • NSTA position statements are valuable documents that serve as a great resource for science educators. Visit http://www.nsta.org/position to view and print any of the 35 statements currently available.

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