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Science Education News Roundup

In this roundup of science education news, discover what New York City’s Director of Science has to say about the city’s science program; read more about the Iowa Summit on Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and read what USA Today thinks about the latest science book by renowned children’s author Joy Hakim. To read more, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_11_21_sciednews.htm.

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Democrats Unveil Innovation Agenda to Keep America Competitive, K-12 STEM Education a Key Priority

On November 15, Democratic House Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled the House Democrats new agenda for national competitiveness. One of the top action items is to create an educated, skilled workforce in the vital areas of science, math, engineering, and information technology.

The report, “Innovation Agenda: A Commitment to Competitiveness to Keep America #1,” calls for Congress to work with states, businesses, and universities to develop a new scholarship initiative to educate 100,000 new scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in the next four years; offer tuition assistance to undergraduates; pay competitive salaries to science and math education teachers; engage more engineers and scientists to become teachers; make college tuition tax deductible for students studying math, science, technology, and engineering; and create a special visa for international doctoral and postdoctoral scholars in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More specific legislative details on these proposals will be available next year. To read the report, visit http://www.housedemocrats.gov/news/librarydetail.cfm?library_content_id=557.

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Evolution Concepts for Middle Schoolers Made Accessible and Engaging in Virus and the Whale, Now Available from NSTA Press

Timing couldn’t be better for this newest release from NSTA Press. Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large is a lively activities book with chapters for teachers and students. The engaging format follows seven scientists into their labs and out into the field to discover how evolution works, highlighting current research. For teachers of grades 6-8, the book combines a dynamic narrative with easy-to-use activities, clear illustrations, and a welcome dose of humor. To browse the book and to order, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB196X.

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Nashville Convention Online Registration Closes Wednesday for Dec. 1-3 Event—Register Now or You’ll Be Standin’ in Line

If you still haven’t registered to join us in Nashville December 1-3 for our final fall ’05 convention, don’t wait a minute longer! You can register online until noon on Wednesday, November 23; after that, you can register on site. You’ll be “Celebrating Science through Best Practices,” with 100+ practical sessions, workshops, short courses, NSTA Symposia, well known speakers, unique field trips, and more—for 2-1/2 days of science immersion and peer networking. And if you can’t quite make the entire event, there are one-day or last-day only options as well as special student pricing. So visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005NAS, take a look at the Convention agenda, register, and start packin’. We’ll see y’all in Nashville.

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Happy Thanksgiving from NSTA

The NSTA Express team, and all of us here at NSTA, wish our members, colleagues, and friends a happy Thanksgiving.

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