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Resource of Interest: 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance

1906 Earthquake Centennial AllianceApril 18, 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake and fire, a seminal event in the scientific study of earthquakes as well as in the cultural and social history of California. The 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance was formed to help coordinate and promote efforts and activities being planned in commemoration of the earthquake. The web site includes a map and calendar of events, a public clearinghouse for information on artifacts, articles, or mementos being offered or sought, and information on earthquake preparedness. Alliance organizers are working with the California Science Teachers Association to assemble a professional development "package" for K-12 teachers, so that their attendance at particular Alliance functions that focus on content can build professional development hours that will qualify for their No Child Left Behind requirements.

Professional development opportunities

NSDL/NSTA Web Seminar: HurricanesNSDL/NSTA Web Seminar: Hurricanes, May 16, 6:30-8:00P.M. Eastern
Register today for a free Web Seminar featuring educators from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL)! Through the use of NSDL's free online resources, learn how hurricanes are formed, how scientists study and predict their occurrence, and ways to make this information come alive for your students. Participants will explore strategies for enriching instruction with simulations, video, real-time data sets, and other digital resources. This seminar, designed for K-12 educators, will spotlight materials from the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE). Register today through NSTA.

The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) is presenting a full schedule of online professional development courses this summer. Teachers can choose from such topics as ecology and environmental science, elementary space science, evolution, biology, chemistry, physics, space science, and others. Information and course descriptions are available at the NTEN website; registration is in progress. Information is also available on the Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE), a unique program conducted by Montana State University in which the majority of graduate credits are completed online. More information about the National Teachers Enhancement Network is available through the NTEN website.

Superior 2006.for Educators
Join a geological problem-solving/specimen collecting tour of Michigan 's Upper Peninsula! The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association will hold their field conference from August 6-12, 2006 on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This geological field experience is designed for science teachers or science-teacher candidates; however, a geological background is not assumed. Two hours of graduate credit will be available through Michigan State University. Registration is due by June 1, 2006. Information about this opportunity is available through the MESTA website or by contacting Art Weinle.

Making broader impacts.

Geoscience Education and Public Outreach Network workshop reportThe Geoscience Education and Public Outreach Network workshop was held in Boulder, Colorado March 22-24, 2006. UNAVCO and IRIS co-hosted this NSF-sponsored workshop at UNAVCO's Boulder facility. 36 members of the geoscience research and education community, representing 15 states and the District of Columbia, attended the workshop. The workshop brought together individuals with a vested interest in developing a successful education and public outreach network model to engage the general public with the enterprise of science. Such a network represents significant opportunities for scientists, educators, and outreach professionals to collaborate and engage the public in understanding the criticality of scientific research, improving the public's geoscience literacy, and magnifying the relevance of science in everyday life. Workshop participants will be recommending five initiatives that support broader impacts in the geoscience community and a plan for moving on those initiatives. Look for a workshop report at http://www.gepon.org.

Scholarship Opportunity

Society for Underwater TechnologyThe Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)-Houston Chapter- is launching its 2006 scholarship program. This year SUT Houston will again be offering three $5,000 undergraduate scholarships and a $10,000 graduate scholarship. In addition, an industry sponsor, Fugro GEOS, will also be sponsoring a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship, administered by SUT on their behalf. Applicants are encouraged and welcomed from the fields of marine science, technology and engineering or mainline science and engineering courses where students can demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the marine field or a marine application for their studies. Applicants can be students of any nationality in full-time study at any accredited college or university within the United States. Please review all application requirements on the SUT Houston website. Deadline for submission of applications for the 2006-2007 academic year is June 15, 2006. Any application postmarked or submitted after this date will not be considered. Deadline for application requests by mail is May 15, 2006.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Every year many good science trade books are published for children, but teachers and parents want to know which are the very best. The National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council (CBC) answer that question with their 2006 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (suggested by Christine V. McLelland, GSA Distinguished Earth Science Educator in Residence, Geological Society of America). NSTA and CBC have refined the criteria for the highest quality, most engaging, and scientifically accurate publications for children. This year's list contains a variety of books, including informational texts and biographies, fiction, poetry, and even a book of songs. The full list appears in the March editions of Science & Children, Science Scope, and The Science Teacher. Teachers may want to forward this list to their school librarian. More information about the National Science Teachers Association is available at http://www.nsta.org/; more information about the Children's Book Council is available at http://www.cbcbooks.org/.

Podcasts for the classroom

Last month we initiated a new DLESE Matters feature to bring attention to the growing use of podcasting. Do you have a favorite radio show or webcast that you would like your students to experience or work into your curriculum? Podcasts allow you to listen or watch on your own schedule. Wikipedia describes podcasting as the distribution of audio or video files, such as radio programs or music videos, over the Internet using either RSS or Atom syndication for listening on mobile devices, and personal computers.

You can create a collection of favorites and have updates from them automatically delivered to your computer or digital device. It's like having the newspaper delivered to your doorstep, but you can decide what news and information you want to receive.

Give these a listen.

These three were listed in the last month's DLESE Matters:

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0215640 ( DLESE Program Center ). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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