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Resource of Interest

The Ever-Changing Beach
The beach is a wonderful outdoor classroom, more than just a destination for summer vacation. This packet of activities includes classroom and field protocols for conducting survey transects, flora, fauna, and sediment identification, and beach profiling. Each activity is correlated with South Carolina Science Curriculum Standards for grades six through eight, and includes example graphs and blank data sheets. Packet includes a glossary, activity supply list, resource list, and references.

Professional Development Opportunities

Each year, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) hosts a national conference and three area conferences on science education. These conferences offer K-12 teachers the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand professional growth. The conferences provide teachers with opportunities to collaborate with science education leaders and peers.

  • The Northern/Midwestern Area Conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan October 18-20, 2007. Join NSTA in the Motor City for the first area conference entitled "Engineering a Brighter Future." The conference program is available and includes a general session with Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Save on your registration fees by taking advantage of special earlybird and advance rates. The earlybird deadline is September 14, 2007 and the advance deadline is September 28, 2007.

  • The Western Area Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado November 8-10, 2007. Meet NSTA in the "Mile High City" and explore the wonder of the Rocky Mountains . make Denver your destination for "Peak Experiences in Science." Save on your registration fees by taking advantage of special earlybird and advance rates. The earlybird deadline is September 21, 2007 and the advance deadline is October 5, 2007.

  • The Southern Area Conference will be held in Birmingham, Alabama December 6-8, 2007. Explore science "From Space to Shore" at NSTA's third area conference. Save on your registration fees by taking advantage of special earlybird and advance rates. The earlybird deadline is October 12, 2007 and the advance deadline is October 26, 2007.

2007 SACNAS National Conference: "Stretching the Imagination to Support Leadership and Sustainability"
The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) provides leadership in expanding and improving opportunities for minorities in the scientific workforce and in academic careers, and provides support for pre-college science education, as well as student support programs and opportunities. SACNAS activities include mentoring college students in science, math, and engineering; online internship/job placement resources; and student chapters. In conjunction with its annual conference, SACNAS offers K-12 Teacher Workshops, focused on supporting teacher professional development, especially in the areas of content knowledge and inquiry-based methodologies. SACNAS also offers a Teacher-Scientist Partnership Initiative, which connects minority-serving K-12 educators with research scientists for year-round collaboration via its e-Mentoring program.

The SACNAS National Conference takes place in Kansas City, Missouri October 11-14, 2007. The pre-registration deadline for the conference is September 17, 2007.

DLESE Collections News

One new collection was recently accessioned into dlese.org.

Earthquake Education Environment (E 3)
E3 is a collaborative project of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC, http://www.scec.org/), the Consortia of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE, http://www.curee.org/) and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS, http://www.iris.edu/). The collection supports high-quality K-12 and undergraduate education by providing up-to-date earthquake information, authoritative technical sources, and educational resources for the classroom.

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition

The Geological Society of America (GSA) will hold its annual meeting and exposition October 28-31, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. This year, GSA has tied its meeting program to the themes of the United Nations International Year of Planet Earth, a worldwide program to develop and advance Earth science initiatives. The 2007 meeting will feature topical sessions, symposia, short courses, exhibits, field trips, and many other activities of interest. Special programs will include information on mentoring programs for geology in government and industry, women in geology, and the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. For K-12 educators, there will be workshops, an education share-a-thon, an earthcache tour of the building stones of downtown Denver, and a reception for socializing, sharing ideas, and meeting other geoscience community members interested in education. Undergraduate and graduate students can receive free registration by volunteering 10 hours of time. The deadline for early registration is September 24, 2007; cancellation deadline is October 1, 2007.

Call for Participation

The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The EoE is seeking contributors to write articles, oversee topic areas, or help with non-content aspects of the publication. Currently, over 700 experts from 46 countries have published more than 2,300 articles on EoE. Scholars, educators, professionals, or other experts from the natural, physical, and social sciences or related disciplines are invited to participate as authors or topic editors. The scope of the Encyclopedia of Earth is the environment of the Earth broadly defined, with particular emphasis on the interaction between society and the natural spheres of the Earth. Authors may contribute articles and/or expand existing articles in their areas of expertise. Topic editors oversee specific subject areas in the Encyclopedia, often as part of large group of editors on a subject. The EoE also needs volunteers with skills in copy-editing, design work, or image gathering. To become an author or topic editor, please complete and submit the online form.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0639539 (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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Editor: Mary Beth Reece
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Published July, 2007

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