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This issue of the middle level edition of Science Class features the theme Genetics. Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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Genetics is the branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms. As adolescents become more self-aware and struggle to form and understand their own unique identities, they may focus intently on why they look and act the way they do. To capitalize on that interest, you might want to share with them the news, journal articles, and other resources we provide in this issue of Science Class.

April 25 is National DNA Day. For information on various activities, webcasts, and online chats connected with this event, visit the National Human Genome Research Institute’s website at http://www.genome.gov/10506367. The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is holding an essay contest for high school students on the importance of genetics and genetic research. Essays musts be submitted by March 31, 2006, and Grand-Prize winners will each receive $350. For more information, visit


Genetics in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators).

This issue’s news section contains six stories about genes in humans and animals and what scientists have learned from them.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-03/news_stories_middle.htm to learn more.

Genetics on the Web

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members can read "Learning Genetics With Paper Pets" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51647. For the complete March Science Scope Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51691.

SciLinks® is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword for this issue is

Genetics: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635655103310661011

NSTA Journal Articles on Genetics

The archives of Science Scope provide additional articles that deal with genetics.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about genetics in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-03/books_middle.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit


To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit


Professional Development

For Some Educators, Tagging Is "It"

A recent article in eSchool News explains how a new way to find and store information online has implications for schools and teachers.

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Global Science Teaching

Learning Knows No National Borders

Gene Carter, executive director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), writes about how the education needs and goals of other countries are not dissimilar to our own. In his February column, "Is It Good for the Kids?", Carter writes, "We have much to do to shore up our educational systems and to ensure that our children can compete globally in the future. We have many great examples of increasing international understanding and cooperation that we can follow. But as educators, we must start with ourselves, expanding the scope of our knowledge and then passing it on to our students."

To read more, visit http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.ef397d712ea0a4a0a89ad324d3108a0c/


NSTA Opportunities

Discovery’s MythBusters to Headline President’s Banquet at NSTA’s National Conference, April 6-9

Myths, urban legends, old wives’ tales... How can one be sure what’s fact and what’s fiction? NSTA is pleased to announce that Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, co-hosts of Discovery Channel’s popular MythBusters series, will speak at the President’s Annual Banquet at NSTA’s Anaheim Conference on Saturday, April 8. And that’s live and in person! The hugely popular duo takes on three myths each week using modern-day science to show viewers what's real and what's fiction. And they do more than explain how something may or may not be scientifically possible: Through trial and error, they actually demonstrate it.

Tickets are required for the 7 p.m. banquet, and they may be purchased when you register at http://www.nsta.org/anaheim or on-site (if still available). Don’t miss this event!

NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books

Since 1973, NSTA and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) have established the criteria for the highest-quality and most engaging, scientifically-accurate publications for children. The titles for each year’s list are selected by a book review panel appointed by NSTA and assembled in cooperation with the CBC. To learn more about the CBC, visit http://www.cbcbooks.org. To read the complete list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12, which were selected from books published in 2005, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51713.

NSTA Symposia Schedule
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference on Science Education in Anaheim, California, April 6–9, 2006:

Call for Papers

Science Scope (grades 6–9) has issued a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:


Next Month's Theme


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