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British Girl Saves Thailand Vacationers Thanks to Science Lesson

A 10-year-old British girl saved 100 people in Phuket, Thailand, when she recognized signs of the approaching tsunami that occurred last week. According to Reuters, an international news agency, the girl had just learned about the science of tsunamis in school. She and her mother quickly warned hotel staff, who evacuated the beach minutes before the devastating tsunami hit. The beach was one of the few on the island where no one was killed. To read a Reuters article about this incredible story, go to http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050103/od_uk_nm/oukoe_quake_briton_girl.

Science teachers are not only helping students cope with the enormous human tragedy of the tsunami, they also are helping them understand how and why earthquakes and tsunamis occur and how they can cause widespread destruction. Are you addressing the tsunami disaster with your students? If so, go to http://www.nsta.org/survey_tsunami and tell us about your experiences. To locate teacher guides, news articles, and other resources on this and many other topics, visit the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse at http://www.enc.org/educationheadlines/?ls=ho.


Don't Miss the Chance to Win Big in NSTA's Teacher Grant Program and Student Competitions—Deadlines Quickly Approaching

Start the new year off right by submitting your applications now for the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers Program—which awards thousands of dollars to teachers for innovative science programs—and for NSTA's student award programs: The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards and Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards. Deadlines are quickly approaching.

January 19, 2005: Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers. Win money to make your innovative science program a reality. The 2005 TAPESTRY program will award $550,000 in grants and minigrants to a minimum of 70 K-12 teachers of science. For information, go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry.

February 1, 2005: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program. Geared for all K-12 students in the U.S. and Canada, ExploraVision rewards students for their creativity and ingenuity in envisioning the future in science and technology. Students can win up to $10,000 in savings bonds. For details, visit http://www.exploravision.org.

March 15, 2005: Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program. Problem-solving skills take center stage in the Young Inventors program. Open to all students in grades 2–8, the program challenges students to use creativity and imagination along with science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. Top winners can receive up to $10,000 in savings bonds. Get all the details at http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Attending An NSTA Convention—Read it, Then Register to Join us in Dallas, March 31–April 3

Ask anyone who's attended an NSTA National Convention, and you'll get lots of different reasons why they were glad they did: Over 1,200 learning sessions, the resource-rich products and service Exhibit Hall, field trips, networking opportunities, world-renowned speakers and presenters, the new Professional Development (PD) Institutes, and more.

But if you've never attended "the largest gathering of science educators," the challenge of all those scheduling choices for sessions, presentations, workshops, short courses, meetings, and social functions; the logistics of registration; how to find funding to attend; travel and accommodations; and PD credits can be daunting. So, for all you first-timers, we've put together a convention primer at http://www.nsta.org/newcomers. You'll find information, plus our new Convention Personal Scheduler, to help you plan a professional development focused itinerary. Then come on down to Dallas! You'll be glad you did.


NSTA/NASA Kick Off Free Live Web Seminar Series on Wednesday with Planetary Surfaces; Register Today

Science educators are invited to participate in one or more in a series of upcoming live web seminars featuring NASA scientists and education specialists and NASA curriculum. The first one-hour interactive session, Planetary Surfaces, will be presented through the NSTA Institute this Wednesday, January 5, from 7-8 p.m. EST, and registration is limited. There is no cost to participate, because the seminar is underwritten by NASA Explorer Schools. Participants will receive a NASA CD-ROM, and are also eligible for a prize giveaway at the end of the session.

Additional web seminars in the series are NASA Robotics, January 25; Space Rocks!, January 26; Planetary Surfaces II, February 2; and Robotics II, on February 22. For more information and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseminar_reg.asp.


New Cell Biology Online Course from JASON Academy; Register Now for
Feb. 7 Start

How long ago did you study cell biology? If it was more than a year ago, you've got lots to catch up on. You can do just that by enrolling in Cell Biology, a new course from JASON Academy beginning February 7. You'll learn about recent advances in cytology, genetics, and human biology and get access to the most current online resources. In addition to learning the nature of the basic unit of life, you'll explore the potential for cells in extreme environments like the deep ocean and deep space. The course also presents various career opportunities in modern medicine.

Like other instructor-led JASON Academy online courses, Cell Biology is five-weeks in length, includes content and classroom applications, and offers graduate credit and continuing education units. Register by January 15 for Cell Biology and receive a 20% discount! (Promo code: NSTACB20). The next session, offering a full range of JASON Academy online courses begins on February 7. For Academy course descriptions, go to http://www.jason.org/jason_academy/onlinescience/courseDesc.htm. To register, call 888-527-6600, ext. 240, or go to http://store.jason.org. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on all JASON Academy online courses (Promo code: NSTA10).


Bacteria are Everywhere Inquiry-Based Module Online Starts Jan. 17; Part of UMass Extension Three-Part Course

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension Nutrition Education Program's three-module online course designed for science teachers in grades 6-12 begins for 2005 with Bacteria are Everywhere, January 17–February 20. The course is designed to demonstrate inquiry-based learning, increase laboratory skills, share food science and safety ideas with peers worldwide, and develop meaningful student projects that meet NSES. For more information on this and the other modules, and to register, visit http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org.


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