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IBM Program to Create More Math and Science Educators

IBM said last week it plans to launch a pilot program that will provide financial support for up to 100 retiring employees who want to leave the company to become math and science teachers. As part of the Transition to Teaching program, while still working for IBM, participants will take both online and traditional courses, participate in online mentoring, and student teach for up to three months. IBM will reimburse participants up to $15,000 for tuition and stipends while they student teach. The pilot will begin in January in New York, North Carolina, and other locations where IBM has a significant presence. Read more at http://www.ibm.com/news/us/en/2005/09/2005_09_19.html or at http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=5871.

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NSTA Reaches Out to Support Science Educators Affected by Hurricane Katrina: Automatic Membership Extension Plus Job Bank Access

NSTA wants to support our members and friends as they work to rebuild their lives, communities, and schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. For our members residing in the hardest hit areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, we are extending NSTA membership for an additional 12 months for free. We hope this small gift will help teachers stay connected to great resources and information that can help them re-establish and build science programs in their schools. For more information about this extension and to find out if you live in the zip code range, go to http://www.nsta.org/katrinadues.

NSTA has also launched a Katrina Job Bank to help teachers forced to leave their communities. Our goal is to connect displaced science educators with organizations that have immediate job openings. This service is available now and is free to NSTA members and nonmembers. To post a position or resume, go to http://careers.nsta.org/katrina.asp.

NSTA continues to explore ways that we can support our members and friends affected by Katrina, and now by Hurricane Rita. We encourage you to visit the NSTA website at http://www.nsta.org/katrina for updates on relief efforts and new programs.

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Who Knew Physics Problems Could be Such Pfun? Quantoons is Hot Off the Press

The perfect book for science and math buffs who crave both physics problems and quirky cartoon illustrations, Quantoons is a perfect mix of challenging problems plus provocative quotes and intricate colorful art that mix and match the most unlikely characters! A compilation of 58 contest problems from the former Quantum magazine—collaboration between U.S. and Russian scientists published by NSTA—the problems and cartoons encourage inquiring minds to think about physics and art in new ways. Illustrator Tomas Bunk is a regular contributor to MAD Magazine, and his Quantoons are currently on display at the New York Hall of Science through November 30, 2005. To browse a sample of this unique book, and to buy, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB198X. It’s a great holiday gift for your classes, your fellow scientists, and yourself!

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Field Trips are for Science Teachers, Too! Come to the NSTA Convention in Hartford, Oct. 20-22, and Register for a Real Life Science Adventure

Let’s face it…one of the best things about an NSTA convention are the fabulous field trips to nearby science-focused attractions, and our Hartford event October 20–22 will be no exception to that tradition. In addition to the hundreds of professional sessions, presentations by nationally known speakers such as oceanographer Sylvia Earle and forensics authority Henry C. Lee, exhibitors, short courses, NSTA Symposia, and host state PDIs on Assessment for the Elementary Classroom, you’ll have to make a hard choice to explore: The Science Center of Connecticut; Dinosaur State Park’s Walking with Jurassic Theropods; Behind the Scenes at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University; the DNA EpiCenter for CSI for the Classroom; Seeing Stars at the Talcott Mountain Science Center; University of Connecticut’s Institute of Materials Science to look Behind Tomorrow’s Technology; the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority’s Visitors Center & Trash Museum; Old Sturbridge Village; Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine; UTC Power Division of United Technologies for a look at Fuel Cell Manufacturing from the Inside Out; the New England Air Museum or Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration.

But don’t wait too long to register for these events, space is limited, and the advance prices are your best buy. To browse the convention agenda, read descriptions of all the special events and field trips, and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

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Bacteriology, Microbiology, and Laboratory Safety are Topics in UMass Online Sessions for Science Teachers in Grades 6–12 Starting Oct. 17

Would you like to find an engaging way to teach students about bacteriology, microbiology, laboratory safety, plus current food safety knowledge and skills? Would you like to interact online with other educators and share inquiry-based teaching ideas? The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension Nutrition Education Program is offering Food Handling is a Risky Business and Current Controversies in Food Science—two modules of its online program Food Safety FIRST—beginning October 17. As part of a three-module program, these courses are designed for science teachers in grades 6–12 to demonstrate inquiry-based learning, increase laboratory skills, share food science and safety ideas with peers worldwide, and develop meaningful student projects that meet NSES. The third module, Bacteria Are Everywhere will be offered in January 2006. “Explore A Course” by visiting http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org/fsf_tour.html. For more information on this session and all three modules, and to register, go to http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org.

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And Don't Forget... 

  • Reserve your space at the NSTA Career Fair in Chicago on November 11, 2005.
  • Give your new teachers the support they need to succeed with reduced rate NSTA membership.
  • Hurry! There's only a few days left for the September book offer. Celebrating Cultural Diversity covers three must-know areas of multicultural science education: curriculum reform; teaching strategies; and science and language. To browse the book and to order at 30% off, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
  • Get recognition for your classroom achievements. Submit your applications for one of NSTA’s teacher awards programs. To learn more, visit http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp.

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