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Americans Sweep Nobel Prizes in Science This Year

Five Americans won Nobels in medicine, physics and chemistry last week, the first time since 1983 that the storied prizes have gone to all Americans. To read more, visit

A number of media outlets picked up an Associated Press article that examines how “the American sweep of Nobel Prizes in science this year has filled the nation's science educators with pride over what's done well in labs and classrooms and angst over what's not.” Read the article online at http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2006-10-05-happy-nobels_x.htm.


Check Out the NSTA October Journals Online

The October issues of the NSTA journals are now available online. Science and Children (grades PreK – 6) features measurement; Science Scope (grades 6 – 9) focuses on characteristic properties; and The Science Teacher (grades 9 – 12) explores using technology in the science classroom. The Journal of College Science Teaching also features a full line-up of timely articles.

Members can access all articles online using their member number; nonmembers can read one free article from each journal every month. To view the complete table of contents for each journal, visit the links below.

Science and Children

Science Scope

The Science Teacher

Journal of College Science Teaching

Science Class, your content-focused NSTA e-newsletter, explores the same themes and provides additional online resources, such as news stories, SciLinks, and articles from the NSTA journal archives. Look for it in your e-mail inbox on the first Wednesday of every month. Miss an issue? Visit the Science Class archives at http://www.nsta.org/enewsletter/archives.htm.


Modern Marvels Challenges All Inventors

Have you been crafting the next great Modern Marvel of the 21st century? Do you have a BIG IDEA that may have societal impact? The History Channel could grant you $25,000 and provide you with a national showcase for your invention.

Go ahead; take your shot at becoming a part of history. Enter by November 20, 2006 at http://www.History.com/invent.


Last Chance to Preregister for NSTA’s Midwestern Conference in Omaha!

The NSTA Midwestern Conference on Science Education in Omaha is October 19-21, 2006. The last day to preregister is October 12. After that you can bring your registration forms to the On Site Registration desk.

And if you can’t make it to Omaha, why not come to Salt Lake City December 7-9? The early bird deadline for the NSTA Western Conference on Science Education in Salt Lake City is October 13, so act now!

All NSTA conferences offer:

  • Workshops filled with great science ideas for your class
  • Exhibits loaded with the latest materials and resources
  • Speakers to inspire
  • Sessions to engage and enlighten
  • Professional development opportunities designed for growth
  • Science enthusiasm to share with your students and colleagues

To get the details, visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences.


Latest Book in the Exemplary Science Series Touts Success of the Standards

Since their release in 1996, the National Science Education Standards (NSES) have provided the vision for science education reform. But has that reform actually taken hold in elementary school? “Yes!,” reports Robert Yager, editor of Exemplary Science in Grades Pre-K-4: Standards-Based Success Stories. “Probably the Standards have done more to change science in elementary schools than has occurred at the other grade levels.”

To browse sample pages and order, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB192X1.


And Don't Forget…




Professional development courses in your future?
Online options give you a world of choice.
Take a look at these institutions offering courses for science educators!


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