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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) August 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division PHYSICS EDUCATION/PUBLIC OUTREACH NEWSGROUP ESTABLISHED A new Internet newsgroup, hepnet.outreach, has been launched as a forum for discussion of issues related to education and public outreach in high energy physics. The hepnet.outreach newsgroup is sponsored by the Public Outreach and Education Team (POET) of The American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields Working Group on Structural Issues in United States High Energy Physics Program. (If your site does not currently receive this newsgroup, ask your system administrator to request a news feed from the HEPnet news administrator at info@hep.net. The POET coordinators can be contacted at: poet@labl.gov) SCIENCE CAREER STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has released two free booklets: "Find Your Future," and "You're in Charge." Each 34-page booklet contains advice and strategies for high school and college students with disabilities who may be considering careers in science, engineering, and mathematics. The booklets quote a number of disabled scientists and science students who offer tips for succeeding in their fields. (For a free copy of the booklets, contact: Project on Science, Technology, and Disability, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1333 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005; telephone: 202-326-6630) AWARD RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING HIGH SCHOOL ASTRONOMERS The Astronomical League, Louisville, KY, announces the National Outstanding Young Astronomer Award, designed to recognize outstanding achievement by amateur high school astronomers (ages 14 to 19). First, second, and third place winners, chosen from 10 finalists, will receive large engraved plaques and have their names published in major national astronomy magazines, the Astronomical League's newsletter, and the winners' local news media. To apply, students must submit a summary of their achievements in astronomy, enclosing optional exhibits; fill out an application form and obtain a sponsor's signature; and mail the above by November 30, 1994 to: Award Chair Charles E. Allen, 1007 Rollingwood Ln., Goshen, KY 40026; telephone: 502-228-3043. (For more information, contact: Sally Hardin Lambert, 621 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202; telephone: 502-587-7711) GRANTS AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE MINORITY REPRESENTATION IN SCIENCE The U.S. Department of Education will fund projects to improve science education at minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly female minorities, into scientific careers. The 25 grants will range from $16,000 to $300,000 for a three-year project period. Public and private nonprofit minority institutions, nonprofit science organizations, professional scientific societies, and nonprofit higher education institutions are eligible to apply for the grants. The application deadline is October 14, 1994. (For more information, contact: Argelia Velez-Rodreguez, Education Dept., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Courtyard Suite C-80, Portals Bldg., Washington, DC 20202; telephone: 202-260-3261. The DFDA number is 84.120) EARTH IN SPACE REPORTS LATEST EARTH SCIENCE NEWS Each issue of "Earth in Space," published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), reports on the latest earth science news and includes articles by scientists Robert Ballard and James Van Allen. Each issue also offers a list of educational resources, from U.S. Geological Survey maps to summer teacher workshops. The magazine is written to be understood by secondary school students. AGU encourages duplication of "Earth in Space" articles for classroom use. A one-year subscription (nine issues) costs $12.00. (To order, contact: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009; telephone: 800-966-2481) ***************************** 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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