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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) July 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division GRANTS FOR JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE PROJECTS The Toshiba America Foundation, an organization that supports precollegiate science education, offers a number of grants to junior high and high schools for development of science, math, and technology projects. These projects could include hands-on laboratory experiments, interactive computer work, and curriculum- development programs. Schools must provide a detailed description of their projects, including management and budget information. Grant requests of $5,000 or less may be submitted at any time. Requests for larger grants must be submitted for approval by the foundation's board or directors; semi-annual deadlines for these requests are August 1 and February 1. (For a copy of the grant guidelines, contact: Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 4100, New York, NY 10020; telephone: 212-596-0600; fax: 212-593-3875) AAAS INVITES NOMINATIONS FOR MENTOR AWARDS The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) invites nominations for two Mentor Awards, which honor educators who are dedicated to guiding women, minorities and people with disabilities to careers in the science and engineering fields. The Lifetime Mentor Award, which recognizes 10 years or more of mentoring, includes a $5,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque; the 1994 Mentor Award, which recognizes less than 10 years, includes a $2,500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque. (For more information, contact Yolanda George or Paula Lee at AAAS, telephone: 202-326-6670) FREE NEWSLETTER ON TEACHING ASTRONOMY The Astronomical Society of the Pacific publishes "The Universe in the Classroom," a free newsletter on teaching astronomy to elementary and high school students. Each issue contains hands-on activities, reviews of astronomy-related resources, and articles on such topics as space exploration and astronomical phenomena. The newsletter is published four times during the school year. (To order, send your request on school letterhead to: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Teachers' Newsletter, Dept. N, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112) CONFERENCE TO DEMONSTRATE, DISCUSS INTERNET APPLICATIONS An upcoming national conference called "Breaking the Barriers to the National Information Infrastructure" will explore the obstacles that arise when people start to develop and deliver applications on the information infrastructure. The conference, co-sponsored by the Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF) and the Council on Competitiveness, will take place Sept. 7-8, 1994, at the ANA Hotel in Washington, DC. More than 20 real-life applications will be featured in demonstrations showing how advanced information technology applies to areas such as interactive science education, remote patient evaluation with telemedicine, manufacturing processes, and digital music libraries. High-level speakers from industry, government and academia will include Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, who chairs the IITF, and John Young, chairman of Smart Valley and co-chair of the Council's NII Advisory Committee. (To receive a conference agenda and registration form, call the conference's automated fax information and delivery system at: 908-885-6758) ***************************** 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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