PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) June 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Educatio

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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) June 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division NEW GRANTS ENCOURAGE TEACHING AND RESEARCH A new awards program conceived to help third-year faculty at Ph.D granting institutions fulfill their commitments to both teaching and research has been instituted by the Research Corporation, a nonprofit foundation based in Tucson, Arizona. The Cottrell Scholars program, named after the Corporation's founder, Frederick Gardner Cottrell, awards $50,000 each to qualified applicants. The money must be used to fund research projects that involve undergraduate students in scientific investigation. 17 faculty members in physics, astronomy, and chemistry were awarded grants this year. Information and application forms for next year's awards are now available. Applicants must be qualified faculty members in physics, astronomy, or chemistry who accepted tenure- track positions in 1992. The application deadline is September 1, 1994. (For more information, contact: Research Corporation, 101 N. Wilmot Rd., Suite 250, Tucson, Ariz. 85711-3332; telephone: 602- 571-1111; fax: 602-571-1119; E-mail: research@ccit.ariz.edu) CARTOON TO TAKE STUDENTS ON SCIENCE FIELD TRIPS "The Magic School Bus," a fully animated children's educational series, will debut this September on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Based on the Scholastic book series by the same name, the television program features a teacher named Ms. Frizzle, who takes her students on a magically powered bus for scientific field trips into the human body, around the solar system, or back to the time of dinosaurs. "Children's interest in science starts to erode in the elementary grades," project organizers say. "The Magic School Bus" project is designed to keep children's curiosity alive. The voice of Ms. Frizzle will be provided by the entertainer Lily Tomlin. Check local listings for times. CAREERS IN SCIENCE EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTED IN NSTA BOOKLETS What does it take to be a science teacher? How can you tell if teaching science is the right career for you? These and other important questions are answered in "You Can Teach Science," a new booklet from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The 28-page publication includes a description of a typical day for a science teacher, a section on the ups and downs of teaching, contacts for science/education organizations, and more. The booklet comes in two versions, one for elementary students and young adults, and one for upper-level students and adults. (For a free copy, contact: Amy Kosko, Office of Public Information, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; telephone: 703-312-9248; a limited number of multiple copies are available upon request) ***************************** 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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