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“After more than three decades at IBM, Larry Leise and Susan Luerick could be planning a leisurely retirement. Instead, the married couple are headed back to college, with plans to start new careers in retirement as high school science teachers . . . And their bosses at International Business Machines Corp. are only too happy to help.” Sixty five IBM employees (out of a planned 100) are taking advantage of the IBM pilot program that allows employees to become teachers; read more in this Associated Press article (http://www.courant.com/business/hc-ibmteachers.artapr24,0,1689246.story?coll=hc-headlines-business)
NSTA mourns the passing of Andrew (Chick) Ahlgren, former associate director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Project 2061 and coauthor of Science for All Americans. To read the NSTA Reports Online Exclusive, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=51994.
The May/June issue of NSTA’s college level journal—Journal of College Science Teaching—is now available online. Members can access articles from all four of NSTA’s grade-specific journals online using their member number; nonmembers can read one free article from each journal every month. To view the complete table of contents, visit the link below:
Science” from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) offers
eight award-winning online Summer courses, including The Ocean System;
Space, Time and Motion; The Diversity of Fishes; and
Genetics, Genomics, Genethics. Also available is one of AMNH’s
most popular courses, Earth: Inside and Out, which encompasses
Earth science topics from plate tectonics and geologic time to climate
change and mantle convection. To view a video modeling mantle convection
and to take advantage of other free sample resources for courses, visit
the course websites at: http://learn.amnh.org/earth.
Designed by the Museum for K-12 educators, and taught and led by Museum
scientists and educators, each six-week course features rich web-based
discussions and immerses the learner in an area of contemporary research.
Graduate credit is available from major institutions and may meet local
professional development requirements.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) have joined with NASA and NSTA Press as new presenters in NSTA’s highly popular web seminar series. Both organizations will make debut program presentations this month for the free online Seminars, and will produce monthly events beginning next September.
On Wednesday, May 10, Kelly Drinnen, NOAA Education Specialist will focus on the large and continuous variety of natural and human impacts on coral reefs in a seminar designed for 5-12 grade level educators. On Wednesday, May 16, NSDL’s Susan Van Gundy, Director of Education and Outreach, and Robert Payo, Education and Outreach Specialist, will look at hurricane formation, how scientists study and predict their occurrence, and ways to make this information come alive in K- 12 classrooms. Both programs will be online from 6:30-8 p.m. EST.
Web seminars use online learning technologies to allow distant participants to interact live with recognized experts and are scheduled so that all U.S. time zones can participate live with content and pedagogical experts providing real-time answers to questions. Participation is limited and advance registration is strongly advised. Registrants for future seminars will receive an e-mailed reminder just before the event date. For a full schedule of seminar topics, dates, and times, and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxweb_seminars.asp.
Hands-On Herpetology for teachers of grades 6-12 offers 29 indoor/outdoor activities for upper elementary, middle, or high school students. This highly readable resource melds rigorous science content with science research and is the May book special at 30% off list price when you purchase online. Five sections cover the animals’ biology and handling—including safety tips—provide background information for teachers and broach critical conservation issues. To browse and buy the book, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
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