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January 2003: Professional Mathematics and Science Societies

~> Professional Mathematics Societies
~> Professional Science Societies
~> RBS has moved
~> On Sale from RBS: Internet Jones vs. the River Killers!
~> FREE from RBS: ENC Focus: Becoming Literate in Mathematics
and Science

~~~ Professional Mathematics Societies ~~~

  ~ American Mathematical Society ~
The American Mathematical Society (AMS) was founded to further
the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, and
serves the national and international community through its
meetings, publications, advocacy, and other programs. AMS
provides employment services, meetings and conferences,
government relations, public relations and more. AMS' Web site
lists links to articles on mathematics education and to issues
related to mathematics education.

  ~ Association for Women in Mathematics ~
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is dedicated to
encouraging women and girls in the mathematical sciences. AWM
currently has more than 4,100 members (women and men)
representing a broad spectrum of the mathematical community from
the United States and around the world. It has sponsored the
Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days since 1985, which
consists of workshops, talks, and problem-solving competitions
for female high school students and their teachers, both women
and men. It also gives the Louise Hay Award to women with
outstanding achievements in mathematics education.

  ~ Mathematical Association of America ~
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) focuses on
undergraduate mathematics education. Its members include
university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and
undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians;
computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia,
government, business, and industry. Its core interests are
education, research, professional development, public policy and
public understanding.

~~~ Professional Science Societies ~~~

  ~ American Association for the Advancement of Science ~
The American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS)is
the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher
of Science and a review journal, Science Books & Films. AAAS
offers several programs that focus on where science, government
and society intersect. It also has international programs that
concentrate on women scientists, science journalism, sustainable
development and more. One of its programs, Project 2061, is a
long-term initiative working to reform K-12 science, mathematics
and technology education nationwide. It is partnering with the
University of Delaware and Texas A&M to study ways to improve
student learning in middle-grades mathematics. In addition, it
offers resources for educators, including a newsletter, 2061
Today. AAAS holds an annual meeting that profiles the latest
research across the mathematics and science disciplines. For the
2003 meeting in Denver, CO, Research for Better Schools is
organizing two symposia: "International Studies Can and Should
Inform Policy" and "Developing Student-Scientist Relationships
Through Robotics."

  ~ American Chemical Society ~
With its goal to advance the field of chemistry and its
practitioners, the American Chemical Society (ACS) provides
educational, financial, technical and professional opportunities
for its members. Chemunity News, the ACS newsletter that
connects educators to the activities of the ACS Education and
International Activities Division, is published quarterly. ACS
also provides curriculum materials, professional development and
student programs. Its WonderNet site
(http://chemistry/wondernet) contains experiments for elementary
to middle school students. In addition to its national office in
Washington, DC, there are local chapters of ACS that seek to
bring together scientists and teachers in regularly scheduled meetings.

  ~ American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) ~
As an umbrella organization for the biological sciences, the
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is dedicated to
advancing biological research and education. AIBS facilitates
communication and interactions among biologists, professional
biological societies, and biological and other scientific
disciplines. AIBS' education initiatives include the AIBS
Education Award; the AIBS "Review of Biological Instructional
Materials for Secondary Schools," which is available online; the
Biosci Ed Net (BEN) Digital Library collaborative with AAAS; a
variety of projects to support the teaching of evolution; and more.

  ~ American Physical Society ~
The American Physical Society (APS) is the professional
organization for more than 42,000 physicists worldwide. It
publishes numerous journals in different areas of physics. It
sponsors the Physics Teacher Education Coalition that helps
college physics and education departments work together to
improve preservice teacher preparation. APS also hosts High
School Physics Teachers' Days that offer free professional
development. One of these is planned for April 7 in Philadelphia
(contact Ed Lee at lee@xxxxxxx for more information).

  ~ American Society for Microbiology ~
The American Society for Microbiology represents 25 disciplines
of microbiology specialization plus a division for microbiology
educators. It publishes journals and books; provides education,
training, and public information programs; and conducts other
kinds of activities that promote the microbiological sciences.
The education section of its Web site lists career information
and educational resources for middle and high school students,
as well as curriculum resources for middle and high school teachers.

  ~ Association for Women in Science ~
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is dedicated to
achieving equity and full participation for women in science,
mathematics, engineering, and technology. It promotes women's
activities in science in many ways, including mentoring,
scholarships, and job listings. Membership is open to anyone?-
professionals, students, men, women, teachers?-who support women
in science. It has both national and local chapters.

  ~ Geological Society of America ~
Established in 1888, the Geological Society of America (GSA)
supports the advancement of the geosciences, including the
professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of
expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business,
and industry. GSA publishes several online journals, GSA Today,
Bulletin, and Geology, that are available free of charge. GSA
provides a number of teacher packets as well as an extensive,
annotated list of K-12 education links, organized into grades K-
3, Grades 4-8, and Grades 9-12.

~~~ RBS has moved ~~~
Research for Better Schools (RBS) has moved to new offices. We
are now located in downtown Philadelphia, approximately one
block north of City Hall on Broad Street. Our new address is 112
North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Our new phone number
is 215-568-6150 and our fax number is 215-568-7260. Our Web
address ( and E-mail addresses remain the same.

~~~ On Sale from RBS: Internet Jones vs. the River Killers! ~~~
Created by a team of educators and a professional cartoonist,
this comic book was designed specifically as a learning tool to
support K-12 mathematics and science teachers' effective use of
the Internet. It appeals to "children of all ages" with zero to
moderate exposure to the Internet. In addition to the storyline
illustrated in full color, this 20-page book offers advice and
resources for getting started with the online experience. It is
on sale for $1.00 with the purchase of any other RBS publication.

~~~ FREE from RBS: ENC Focus: Becoming Literate in Mathematics
and Science ~~~
Feature articles in this issue on ENC Focus include thoughtful
discussions of literacy as well as examples of classroom
activities designed to foster mathematics and science literacy,
including definitions of what it means to be literate in these
subjects, and the strategies and resources available to teachers
to help students attain literacy. This and other free
publications are available from RBS.

To request other free mathematics and science resources, visit
the "Free Publications" page of the RBS web site at

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