NSTA Express
 NSTA Website | Become an NSTA Member | Register for a Convention | Career Center | NSTA Express Feedback | May 2, 2005

Web Version: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_05_02.htm Today's Circulation: 216,634

Table of Contents

Where Popular Science Is Called Women's Work

An article in the April 27 edition of The New York Times looks at the success of an all-girls school in Los Angeles to change the culture of how girls view—and perform in—science. The Marlborough School, a private school for grades 7-12, is establishing the expectation that “in all ways the bar is high and that our girls can achieve in all areas.” Driven by instructor Dr. Arleen Forsheit and school head Barbara Wagner, “ninety percent of its 263 upper-school students take more than the two full years of science required for graduation, filling no less than eight physics classes and populating a coveted seminar known as Honors Research,” reports the article.

"It's assumed every girl will take math and science, not just the special ones," said Jessica Friedland, a 17-year-old senior from Los Angeles who will enter Stanford in the fall. "It's always surprising to people from other schools. You can see the shrugging of the shoulders, the rolling of the eyes. I say, 'Why not take Physics…I was never a good speller, anyway." To read the full story, go to


60 Years of Science Education Knowledge for only $60!

As NSTA’s 60th anniversary celebration comes to a close, we would like to thank all of you because the success of NSTA is due in large part to the commitment, active involvement, and enthusiasm of our members—people like you—who come together to advance the profession!

That is why we invite you to join or renew your NSTA membership now through May 31, 2005 for only $60. That’s right . . .you can take advantage of NSTA’s 60 years of science education experience for only $60 for a one-year, one-journal individual membership*.

To take advantage of this limited membership offer, simply visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/60thannivapp or download this Special Anniversary Membership Application (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/anniversary.pdf).

*Multiple journal discounts are also available. Contact Member Services at 800-722-6782 or 703-243-7100, or e-mail membership@nsta.org.


American Museum of Natural History Online Courses “Best Buy”— Early Registration Deadline May 6; Explore the Genome or Other Topics This Summer

The Museum’s award-winning online professional development program, Seminars on Science©, offers eight Standards-based courses for teachers for up to four graduate credits. Summer courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences run June 27-August 6 and include in-depth science, convenient web access, and rich discussions with Museum scientists in a networked community of teachers. Educators who enroll by May 6 receive an early registration discount.

Genetics, Genomics, Genethics, one of the Museum’s most popular course offerings, investigates heredity, evolution, molecular techniques, the Human Genome Project, and the ethical issues that arise from the research—from genetically modified food to cloning. Other courses being presented this summer explore current research and recent discoveries in Earth science, physics, the ocean system, paleontology, and other areas. For more information, to take the “Course Tour,” and to register, go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAE.


Free Web Seminars Feature NASA Series; NSTA Press Authors Bill Robertson (May 5), Page Keeley, and Picture-Perfect Science Duo Ansberry-Morgan

The NSTA Institute continues its calendar of NSTA Press and NASA professional development opportunities with five interactive Web Seminars in May and June. This Thursday, May 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. EST, Bill Robertson, popular author of the Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It book series, will explore Newton’s laws from Force & Motion, his number one NSTA Press bestseller.

Upcoming presentations include Page Keeley from her book, Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice (May 19 and June 1), and Karen Rohrich Ansberry and Emily Morgan from Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry (May 26). NASA scientists will present “The Human Effects of Space Flight,” on June 2.

These online events are presented at no cost, but because participation is limited, advance registration is strongly advised. (NSTA will e-mail a reminder to registrants for future seminars just prior to the event date). For a full schedule of seminar topics, dates, and times, and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseminar_reg.asp.


Take Your Middle-Schoolers into Space—at 30% Discount with Project Earth Science: Astronomy, the NSTA Press Online Special

Astronomy can be a daunting subject in the classroom, but this book works for teachers and students. Hands-on, teacher-tested activities for students plus background information, supplementary readings, and ideas for integrating other disciplines provide a framework to successfully introduce astronomy for grades 5-8. During May and online only, NSTA Press offers educators a 30% discount on Project Earth Science: Astronomy. To browse and buy this title, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2. For other titles in the series, Geology, Physical Oceanography, and Meteorology, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PK134X.



And Don't Forget... 



NSTA Express Feedback

Please take a moment and use this form to submit suggestions for NSTA Express to the NSTA Express team:


This e-newsletter is brought to you by the National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201-3000
Phone: 703-243-7100

If you do not want to receive NSTA Express by e-mail, please follow this link:

If you want to receive NSTA Express by e-mail, please follow this link: http://www.nsta.org/newsletters
NSTA Express archive: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_archive.htm
NSTA Career Center: http://careers.nsta.org
For the latest collected education and science news from across the country, see the NSTA Web News Digest at http://www.nsta.org/mainnews