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Headline Science: Earthquake in Pakistan, Avian Flu, and One Giant Squid—NSTA SciLinks Give You a Great Online Learning Tool for Your Classroom

The tragic earthquake in Pakistan and India, and the possibility of an Avian flu pandemic have gripped the nation in recent days. Help your students understand the science behind these science headlines with SciLinks, NSTA’s teacher-approved internet service.

For SciLinks on Earthquakes, visit



For SciLinks on Earthquakes and Society, visit


For news on the earthquake, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Pakistan-Quake.html.

For the SciLinks on Viruses, visit: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=748744111044$7496228855$7496632210


For more information on the Avian Flu, visit the Center for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian.

Plus, two Japanese scientists made headlines when they snapped the first-ever photographs of a giant squid residing in the depths of the North Pacific. The squid is thought to be 25-feet long and was swimming 900 yards below the surface when scientists captured it on film as it approached a baited line. To read more about this amazing story and to see photographs, visit http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0927_050927_giant_squid.html.

For the SciLinks on Squids, visit


The SciLinks offered above are normally available to NSTA members only, but they are available here for a brief period of time. Look for Headline Science whenever important scientific news makes the headlines.


All Roads Lead to Nashville for Dec. 1-3 NSTA Convention—Deadline for Earlybird Registration Prices is Friday

Ya'll might want to know that this Friday, October 14, is the earlybird deadline for best-price registration to attend NSTA’s southeastern area convention takin’ place December 1-3 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Celebrating Science Through Best Practices will offer real science immersion and networking with 100+ practical sessions, workshops, and short courses under three strands: “Connecting Research to Practice,” “Serving Diverse Populations,” and “Investigating Current Science Interests.” You won’t want to miss a dynamic roster of well-known speakers including Dr. William M. Bass, professor emeritus and founder, Forensic Anthropology Center (aka “The Body Farm”) at the University of Tennessee; George E. DeBoer, Deputy Director, Project 2061, AAAS; Linda Horton Director, Center for Nanophase Materials Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and more!
When you browse the agenda at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005NAS#browse, don’t forget to consider the outstanding options for professional development with NSTA Institute Symposia and eight diverse Short Courses as well as a hard-to-choose selection of Field Trips. As ticketed events, most also carry in-advance discounts for those who register before October 28—all have participant limits, and some won’t be available on-site.


Just What Do They Know? Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Probes Will Help You Lead Students to Accurate Science

Pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) about science, and you’ll be better able to monitor their learning and adjust your teaching accordingly. Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: 25 Formative Assessment Probes, new from NSTA Press, is loaded with classroom-friendly features you can use immediately. Authored by Page Keeley, senior science program director; Francis Eberle, executive director; and Lynn Farrin, science associate of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, the book features 25 “probes”—brief, easily administered activities designed to determine your students’ thinking on 44 core science topics—as single, reproducible pages. Accompanying teacher materials give connections to National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks, suggested instructional approaches at all grade levels and more. To browse the book and to purchase, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB193X1.


NSTA Membership for Just Pennies a Day; Special Savings for Students, New Teachers, and Retirees

Whether you’re studying to be a teacher or entering into or leaving the education community, NSTA has a membership package for you. For only $32 per year for a one-journal membership, you can take advantage of all the benefits of NSTA, including:

  • Discounts on books, registration fees, and SciGuides
  • Grade-specific journals
  • NSTA Reports
  • Online searchable journal archive of ALL four journals
  • E-newsletters
  • SciLinks keyword searches
  • Leadership and networking opportunities
  • Grant connections

And much more! Membership in NSTA is the best investment you’ll ever make to enrich your science teaching career. To learn more or to join, simply visit http://www.nsta.org/memcategories or visit http://www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/MembershipApplicationIndividual.pdf to download the NSTA Individual Membership Brochure.


And Don't Forget... 

  • There’s a great 30% off NSTA Press online book special for October only: The Truth About Science: A Curriculum for Developing Young Scientists. Check it out at http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.
  • Join us in Hartford for our Northeastern area convention, October 20-22. Register online by Oct. 14, or on-site thereafter. Check out the agenda and all the special attractions that make an NSTA event so popular at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005HAR.
  • Get recognition for your classroom achievements. Submit your applications for one of NSTA’s teacher awards programs. To learn more, visit http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp.



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