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Legislative Update: NSF Funding Slashed
slashed funding for the National Science Foundation last week in
the FY2005 spending bill. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative
New Master’s Degree Program Combines Science with Business Says
business, mathematics and stir” is the headline of a July 18 USA
Today article describing a new master’s degree being offered
at 45 universities in 20 states: the professional science master’s
(PSM) degree. Called the MBA for scientists and mathematicians,
“it’s an education aimed at future managers who will be able to
move comfortably in the business of science, from a meeting about
enzymes to another about intellectual property rights, all the while
understanding the goal is not a scientific journal article but marketable
products,” writes reporter Del Jones. Fewer than 400 students have
already earned the relatively unknown degree, but business leaders
told about the new program seem enthusiastic. Students in the class
of 2004 with a PSM are landing jobs at an average salary of $63,000.
To read the USA Today article go to http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-07-18-new-masters_x.htm
or to learn more about the program go to http://www.sciencemasters.com.
Press Books Just for the Grade You Teach! Take a Peek at Our New Mini-catalogs
For the first time this summer, the newest books
as well as the perennial favorites published by NSTA Press are now
being offered to science educators through a series of four new
grade-specific mini-catalogs. Our goal is to present our highly
regarded resource books for science educators without distraction,
as all books in each catalog have been written and designed specifically
for you at the grade level you teach. Segmented into Elementary,
(browse it at http://www.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-07/elemcatalog.pdf);
Middle School, (go to http://www.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-07/middlecatalog.pdf),
and High School, (go to http://www.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-07/highcatalog.pdf)
versions as well as an all-inclusive K-College edition, (go to http://www.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-07/k-collegecatalog.pdf).
If you would like to receive a Fall 2004 grade-specific
version and future catalogs by mail, please go to the form at http://www.nsta.org/catalog_signup
and fill in your mailing address and grade(s)… free and at no obligation,
Lesley University Online
Master’s Program Encourages Hands-on Approach to Science Teaching
Through the portal of the NSTA Institute online,
Lesley University is offering elementary and middle school science
educators the opportunity to learn “a fresh way to teach science,”
with Science in Education, their online master’s degree program.
Known for creative and dynamic approaches to education, Lesley’s
program encourages degree candidates to take a hands-on, interactive
approach to teaching science, and aligns with National Science Education
Standards that call for inquiry-based learning and innovative teaching
models. Each module is taught by two instructors—a scientist and
a science educator—in order to integrate science content and pedagogy
into one course. For more information on the 33-credit program and
to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx or http://www.lesley.edu/soe/science.
Registration Opens for American
Museum of Natural History Fall Online Courses
Remember your passion for science? Reconnect with it while earning
graduate credit through a six-week course in molecular biology,
modern physics, Earth systems or paleontology presented online by
the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). These award-winning
courses are taught by museum scientists and educators and include
digital resources for classroom use. All you need is six weeks and
Internet access: no travel time and no scheduling headaches. Courses
begin Oct. 4 and are available for up to four graduate credits.
AMNH offers a $100 discount for enrollment by Sept. 6. For course
descriptions, graduate information and registration, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx or http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIF04.
Need Supplies for the Upcoming School Year?
NSTA Offers Ideas
You’ll make your annual task faster and easier when you first check
out NSTA’s Online Suppliers Guide. You’ll find one-stop shopping
with a wide selection of quality products and services from nearly
500 leading science suppliers at http://suppliers.nsta.org. Visitors can
search by company name, category, or keyword.
Need money to purchase these materials? NSTA's WebWatchers program
has compiled a list of online resources for grant money and to help
you get the materials you need. Visit http://webwatchers.nsta.org/resources/grants.asp
for complete information.
Just another way NSTA is working for YOU!
NSTA’s Career Center Offers Online Advice for Planning Your
Career in Science Education: http://careers.nsta.org/advice.asp
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and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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