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

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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) July 1994, No. 1 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division NSF RELEASES 1993 SCIENCE INDICATORS The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the 13th and largest edition of the biennial "Science and Engineering Indicators," a 514-page compilation of research, information, data, and commentary on various aspects of science and engineering. The book includes sections on K-12 science and math education, higher education in science and engineering, academic research and development, financial resources, and institutional linkages. Appendices with charts and tables and a subject index are also included. (For a free copy, contact: Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402; stock number 038-000-00589-8) E-MAIL STUDENT CONFERENCES REDUCE DROPOUT RATE Looking for ways to increase student interaction and retention? Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, are using a $30,000 Sloan Foundation Grant to help students receive extra assistance in calculus by communicating electronically with their instructors. Among other ways of aiding their students, teachers in the program gather information from students through e-mail questionnaires, create portfolios on each student, and offer weekly comment files for reinforcement and feedback to them. Michael Fried, a UC-Irvine professor of mathematics and a principal investigator in the program, says the electronic interactions have reduced the dropout rate in his course. The program has "given me more contact with students in one course than I've had in 20 years of teaching," says Fried. (For more information, contact Michael Fried at: telephone: 714- 856-6592; e-mail: mfried@math.uci.edu) AIP OFFERS FREE ELECTRONIC JOB LISTINGS The Career Planning and Placement Division of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) now provides free public access to its employment listings on PINET, AIP's Physics Information Network. Edwin Goldin, the division's new manager, announced that these listings will also appear on the Young Scientist's Network. (To reach the PINET account, make a Telnet connection to . Enter "aipjobs" at both the "user ID" and "password" prompts. To obtain the listings from YSN, send e-mail to , with subject "send") PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE DETAILED IN "HOW-TO" KIT ASM International has launched an initiative to increase interest in science and math concepts at the K-12 grade levels with a new "how to" video program and booklet titled "School Partnerships: Something I Can Do?" The program demonstrates, in a step-by-step format, how scientists, engineers, and sponsoring organizations can establish meaningful, long-term partnerships with their local school districts and schools. The partnerships involve structured classroom visits by professionals to provide children with role models in the fields of science and engineering, thus increasing their interest in pursuing a career in these areas. ASM is a technical society dedicated to serving the science and engineering communities. (To obtain the free 15-minute introductory video and booklet, or to order the two-hour, in-depth video, contact: ASM Member Services Center, Materials Park, OH 44073; telephone: 216-338-5151; fax: 216-338-4634) ***************************** 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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