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

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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) January 1994, No. 1 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division FEDERAL SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS CRITICIZED A recently released report by a top-level advisory panel to the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET) warns that the Federal Government's science and technology education programs are unbalanced, lack cohesion, and have evolved with "too little overall planning and with inadequate evaluation." The report, "The Federal Investment in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education: Where Now? What Next?", presents the findings of a survey that examined nearly 300 education programs sponsored by 13 Federal departments and agencies. The panel calls for a "new culture of interaction, communication, and coordination to be developed and sustained within and among all Federal agencies in the area of education." (For a copy of the report, contact the National Science Foundation, Attn: Joyce Taylor, Suite 855 (NSF/EHR/RED), 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230) NASA PLANS SPACE STATION VIDEOCONFERENCE The NASA Space Station Program plans to hold its first live Videoconference with colleges, businesses, and hospitals in cooperation with the Public Broadcasting Service Adult Learning Satellite Service (PBS ALSS). This two-hour program, which will focus on Space Station research, is scheduled for February 17, 1994, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern Time. The Videoconference is for those who wish to learn about research plans, benefits, and opportunities stemming from the Space Station. Any site with connectivity to a satellite television receiver can license to carry this program at no cost. Call PBS at 800-257-2578 if you wish to license a site, or find a site near you which will receive the program. NASA plans to air this broadcast on NASA Select Television after its initial airing on PBS. (For more information, contact Barry Epstein, NASA Headquarters, 202-358-1191) SPACE SCIENCE IS TOPIC OF NEW ELECTRONIC PICTUREBOOKS The Exploration in Education (ExInEd) program of the Special Studies Office (SSO) at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) is developing new ways of relating space science and exploration to basic teaching and learning, and expanding the astronomical community's ability to reach out to teachers, students, and the public at-large. Currently ExInEd is producing a series of multimedia educational publications called Electronic PictureBooks that are authored by space scientists, engineers, and astronauts. All Electronic PictureBooks contain text, full-color Macintosh special navigational features, and can run on any color Macintosh computer. They can be purchased on diskette from The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (415-337-2624) or downloaded from SSO's electronic bulletin board (410-516-4880), from the commercial network American Online, or via the internet using anonymous ftp to host address "stsci.edu." (For more information, contact Dr. Robert A. Brown, Special Studies Office, Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218; e-mail: rbrown@stsci.edu) STUDY IDENTIFIES FACTORS LEADING WOMEN INTO SCIENCE Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has just released a detailed study exploring the forces that shape a woman's decision whether or not to go into science. According to the study, "Pathways for Women in Science", the main reason women don't enter science isn't that they don't like it, but that they have stronger interests elsewhere. The study also found that the central predictor of whether a woman remained in science was that she liked precise answers. (For more information, contact the Center for Research on Women in Science at Wellesley College, 617-283-2500) ********************** PEN is being published on a trial basis through December 31, 1994. Please tell us your opinion of PEN. American Institute of Physics Education Division Contact: Mr. Tracy Schwab 301-209-3100, ext. 6450 tschwab@aip.org To subscribe to PEN: Send your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address to the AIP contact listed above.

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