how much genetically modified food you eat? To find out, register
now for an online summer course presented by the American Museum
of Natural History. The six-week course, “Genetics, Genomics,
Genethics: Molecular Biology,” examines the latest research
into the genome and the intriguing ethical issues that arise from
such possibilities as genetic enhancement, genetically modified
foods, and cloning.
is one of five life, Earth, and physical science courses offered
by the Museum beginning June 28. All are designed for K-12 educators,
are fully Web-based, and can be taken for up to four graduate credits.
The courses feature rich media elements and flexible online discussions
that include a Museum scientist, an experienced instructor, and
a networked community of teachers.
course descriptions and to register, go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIS04.
For more information on the NSTA Institute, of which the Museum
is a member, go to http://institute.nsta.org.
Heritage Foundation to Hold Leadership Initiative in Science Education,
May 20-21, 2004—Register for Free Event by May 7
Heritage Foundation (CHF) will hold its fourth annual Leadership
Initiative in Science Education (LISE 4) conference on May 20-21
at the CHF headquarters in Philadelphia. The theme of the conference
is "Partners in Innovation: Science Education and the Science
Workforce." LISE 4 will bring together leaders from education
and industry who are at the forefront of efforts to sustain and
build America's science workforce. The conference will seek to define
the skills required by science and technology professionals to succeed
in the global workforce and the profile of science education needed
for the 21st century.
LISE 4 will
provide a forum for discussing many of the issues highlighted in
such recent national reports as The Science and Engineering Workforce:
Realizing America's Potential, issued in August 2003 by the
National Science Board at the NSF, and Learning for the Future:
Changing the Culture of Math and Science Education to Ensure a Competitive
Workforce, issued by the Committee for Economic Development
in May 2003.
Elsa Reichmanis, immediate past president, American Chemical
Society; Joseph Bordogna, deputy director, National Science
Foundation; Ron Webb, manager of doctoral recruiting and
university relations, Procter and Gamble; and Linda Rosen,
consultant and former executive director, Glenn Commission. Also
scheduled to speak are Sally Goetz Shuler, executive
director, National Science Resources Center; Sara Schechner,
David P. Wheatland Curator, Harvard University; Conrad Stanitski,
professor of chemistry, Central Arkansas University; Sylvia Ware,
director, education and international activities division, American
Chemical Society; and Peter Henderson, director, Board on
Higher Education and Workforce, National Academies. Gerry Wheeler,
NSTA Executive Director will also lead a session on professional
development and teacher preparation.
is free, but space is limited. Register online by May 7 at
http://www.chemheritage.org (click on
LISE 4 on the front page). Questions? Contact Don McKinney at (215)
925-2178, ext. 320, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors Toyota with Distinguished Partner Award
At its National
Convention in Atlanta, NSTA presented its prestigious Distinguished
Partnership Award to Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. The award
pays tribute to those organizations that have made a steadfast commitment
to the improvement and enhancement of science education in partnership
For 14 years,
Toyota has partnered with NSTA on the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for
Science Teachers program, the largest K–12 science teacher grant
program in the country. Every year, the program awards 50 teams
of teachers up to $10,000 each and at least 20 teams of teachers
up to $2,500 each to develop innovative science projects for the
classroom or school. Since the program began, Toyota has awarded
more than $6 million in grants to teachers from all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.
To read more
about the award, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_04_12_extra.htm.
on how to apply for a Toyota TAPESTRY grant, go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry/index.htm.
by Bugs? Now You’ll Be Fascinated by Them… NTEN Has the Perfect
Online Course for K-6 Teachers This Summer
Just one of
many summer online course offerings from NTEN (National Teachers
Enhancement Network), “The Fascinating Bug” is co-taught
by a Smithsonian science consultant and an award-winning nonfiction
children's book illustrator and designed to launch K-6 teachers
into the intriguing world of entomology. NTEN’s central goal is
to introduce teachers--and your students--to the excitement of hands-on,
inquiry-based learning. Through activities, investigations, readings,
and discussion groups, you will study insects in general and one
species in particular. A starter kit of "safe, fascinating,
classroom-friendly, and easy-to-maintain" live bugs will be
sent as part of the course. NTEN’s methodology is based on
the premise that close observation--followed by careful drawing,
writing, and further observation--builds the essential skills of
which carries one hour of graduate credit and runs June 14-July
30, can be accessed from any location at any time of day via the
Internet. Registration deadline is June 11. Tuition costs
$180 for NSTA members and $200 for non-members, plus a $50 materials
For more information
about The Fascinating Bug, or any of the many NTEN courses
for elementary, middle level, and high school educators beginning
in June and July in biology; chemistry; Earth science; education,
curriculum, and instruction; entomology; geography; human development;
food/nutrition; mathematics; microbiology; and physics, go to http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm.
For more information on the NSTA Institute, go to http://institute.nsta.org.
15 Deadline for NSTA Dallas National Convention Session Proposals;
Don’t Forget to Give Us Your Feedback on Atlanta
in presenting at NSTA’s 2005 National Convention, scheduled for
March 31-April 3 in Dallas? Proposals for sessions and presentations
must be submitted—online only—at http://www.nsta.org/sessions by Thursday,
April 15. Professional development strands, which suggest topics
for sessions, workshops, and short courses, are Biomedical/Biotechnology,
Technology Showcase, Assessment, and Safety.
For those of
you who attended the 52nd NSTA Convention, which just
concluded in Atlanta, we’d like to have your thoughts about the
event. Go to http://ecommerce.nsta.org/2004atl/convention_evaluation.asp,
and fill out a short questionnaire. What we learn from our attendees
helps shape future NSTA conventions, and we’d like to hear from
you as well.