PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) August 1994, No. 1 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Educat

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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) August 1994, No. 1 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division STATE SCIENCE AND MATH TEACHERS HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE Science and mathematics teachers throughout the nation are being honored this summer in the first level of the 1994 program to grant Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Each of the twelve candidates receives the National Science Foundation State Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science, which includes a $750 honorarium. These teachers, from both elementary and secondary classrooms in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Schools, and the U.S. Territories, have been selected as candidates for the 1994 Presidential Award, which will be announced this fall. Educational organizations, state utilities, local businesses and community groups are sponsoring ceremonies to honor the state level finalists. In addition to a certificate of merit, they often receive gifts from state groups and private companies. (For more information on the Presidential Awards program, contact: PAESMT, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000) NETWORK BROADENS OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE The National Network for Minority Women in Science (MWIS) is a communication and support system for minority women in science and engineering as well as others who share an interest in promoting the participation of this underrepresented group in science and engineering professions. The mission of MWIS is to provide minority female students with full access to career information and educational opportunities and to promote the professional advancement of minority women scientists and engineers. The network provides a means through which a variety of organizations and numerous universities may reach MWIS members and involve them in special activities or inform them of professional opportunities. (For more information about MWIS membership, or to renew ties with the National Office, contact: Gloria Gilbert, MWIS National Coordinator, 1333 H Street, NW, Box SEN, Washington, DC 20005; telephone: 202-326-6670) FREE CATALOG LISTS ASTRONOMY EDUCATION RESOURCES The Project STAR catalog of hands-on science materials features 14 pages describing kits developed by high school astronomy teachers and scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. The materials include: a refracting telescope kit, a spectroscope kit, a celestial sphere kit, a holographic diffraction grating, a college astronomy kit, an activity book, a teacher's guide, and more. Photographs and detailed descriptions of the materials are included. (For a free catalog, contact: Learning Technologies, Inc., 59 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02140; telephone: 800-537-8703; fax: 617-547-2686) ASM EXPANDS RESUME DATABASE SYSTEM TO SERVE STUDENTS ASM International, the Materials Information Society, has expanded its resume database service to include students. The service, managed by Career Access, allows ASM's student members to submit their resume to the database without charge. Companies can access the system, for a charge, using a search form. The names of the students matching the requests are sent to the employer within 48 hours. The company then contacts the prospective candidates for an interview. The database is open to all fields from manufacturing to aerospace to government agencies. Most of the positions are for full-time employment, but the service can be used to find co-op or internship positions. (For more information on ASM's student chapters and membership, contact: ASM Member Services Center, Materials Park, OH 44073; telephone: 216-338-5151; fax: 216-338-4634. Forms for employers and students can be requested from: Career Access, PO Box 296, 3972 Brown Park Drive, Suite C, Hilliard, OH 43026; telephone: 614-529-0429) NEW WEEKLY GUIDE LISTS USEFUL ON-LINE RESOURCES InterNIC Information Services has created a free publication called the "Scout Report." The organization is operated by General Atomics under a grant from the National Science Foundation and is intended to assist researchers and educators who use the Internet. The Scout Report provides information on how to connect to information servers at a variety of locations, and lists the latest on-line information sources. Internet users can have the report sent to them via electronic mail or can access the report through a Gopher server or the World-Wide Web. (Subscriptions may be requested by sending a message to: . The body of the message should say: subscribe [space] scout-report. Those who have "Gopher" software can connect to and then look under "InterNIC Information Services." Those who have "Mosaic" or another World- Wide Web software can connect to the following Universal Resource Locator: ) ***************************** PEN is being published on a trial basis through December 31, 1994. Please tell us your opinion of PEN. To subscribe, send an email message to . Leave the "Subject" line blank. In the body of the message, enter the following command: . American Institute of Physics Education Division Contact: Mr. Tracy Schwab 301-209-3007, tschwab@aip.org *****************************

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