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Two Dear Colleague (DC) letters in the House are now circulating in support of STEM education funding. Call or e-mail your House Representative and ask him or her to sign the Ehlers/Holt/Udall/Biggert letter (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_03_13_ehlers.htm) urging appropriators to provide at least $562.2 million to strengthen math and science education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, and to sign the Ehlers/Holt/Inglis/Lipinski letter (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/ehlers.pdf) supporting $6.02 Billion for FY2007 programs at the National Science Foundation.
You can send both letters along with your e-mail request to your Member of Congress in the House. It is very important to get as many lawmakers to sign these letters, as they are often barometers of support for a specific issue or funding request, SO PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO CALL OR E-MAIL. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, and ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. To send an e-mail, go to http://thomas.loc.gov, and link to House of Representatives (link is located on the left hand side). The deadline for both letters is March 16.
An article in the March 10 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education reports from the recent AAAS Annual Meeting sessions that focused on the teaching of evolution. The sessions helped to engage and energize the scientific community and encourage scientists to become active in defending the teaching of evolution.
NSTA President-Elect Linda Froschauer was a major speaker at one session, where she urged scientists to “identify science teachers in your own neighborhood, offer to help them, and go to the board of education and speak up. To read the speech, visit http://www.aaas.org/programs/centers/pe/evoline/index.shtml. The AAAS news story on the event can be found at http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2006/0220evo.shtml.
According to the Chronicle article, “National organizations such as the AAAS and the National Academy of Sciences have often championed the teaching of evolution, but there has been far less activity at the grass-roots level.” According to Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, “What is new is that it's finally trickling down. These scientists are saying, I've got to do something." To read the full article, go to http://chronicle.com/temp/reprint.php?id=zgt2bmxnyqf056kbsrj15qw5yq87wv0w.
Sometimes a one-hour session on a hot topic only leaves everyone wanting more, and that’s the reason NSTA has put together a list of 50 half- and full-day Short Courses to delve more deeply into particular topics. Here are just a few of these courses—discounted when you preregister:
Sound interesting? For descriptions of all 50 events—including program additions, and those with space available, and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventionbrowse2/&Meeting_Code=2006ANA&type=Short+Course. See you in Anaheim!
The new spring 2006 NSTA Recommends catalog is in the mail, but in the meantime, we’re pleased to introduce our exciting new titles—exclusively to readers of NSTA Express in advance of their spring publication dates, but available to order right now through our online Science Store at http://store.nsta.org/showMultipleItems.asp?category=62.
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