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ActionBioscience.org at 2005 NSTA National Convention

American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2005

For more information, contact:
Oksana Hlodan, Editor, ActionBioscience.org
941-423-8636
editor@actionbioscience.org

AIBS’ educational web site promoted at leading convention of science teachers

Washington D.C. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held its 53rd national convention in Dallas, Texas, March 31-April 3, 2005. Whether it was discovering a new resource, listening to experts speak about evolution, or participating in the presentation “Wild Survivors,” attendees had plenty of options for engagement. About 12,000 science educators from the U.S. and other countries, notably Mexico, participated in more than 1,200 workshops and presentations, as well as 51 short courses. They also had the opportunity to attend professional development institute sessions, field trips, presentations by featured speakers, and exhibits. At the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Exhibit Hall, Chris Castillo-Comer, science director for the Texas Education Agency, remarked “These are premium teachers. Science educators are responsible for the economy and future generations.”

Oksana Hlodan, editor of the American Institute of Biological Sciences’ web site ActionBioscience.org, attended the convention to learn about educational materials and research, interview speakers, and promote the site as an educational resource. At a presentation by Susan Van Gundy, Director of Education and Outreach, National Science Digital Library (NSDL), Hlodan was asked to describe the site to attendees. The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) has deemed the ActionBioscience.org collection an “exemplary resource of collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels,” http://nsdl.org/. ActionBioscience’s collection is searchable in the digital library. NSDL is a resource focused on education in science, technology, engineering, and math with the aim to “both deepen and extend science literacy through access to materials and methods that reveal the nature of the physical universe and the intellectual means by which we discover and understand it.” Flyers about ActionBioscience.org were distributed at the NSDL booth as well as in a special area for “take-one” flyers at the Exhibit Hall.

For information about ActionBioscience.org, an AIBS education resource, contact the editor, Oksana Hlodan, at editor@actionbioscience.org or ohlodan@aibs.org. For information about other AIBS education initiatives, contact Susan Musante, Education and Outreach Program Manager, at smusante@aibs.org.


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