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The Extra-Early Bird Gets the Worm! CAST Registration is Now Open!

Tue, 05/03/2011

Register now for CAST 2011!

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Nominate an Outstanding Teacher for the STAT Awards

Do you know an outstanding science educator who deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments and dedication?  Then nominate them for a STAT Award.  Choose from eight awards, and you can even nominate yourselfPlease remember: only current STAT members may be nominated for the awards.  The deadline for awards nominations is June 1.  Award recipients will be recognized at the CAST 2011 Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, November 17th.

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Professor Jim Westgate Honored as 2011 Piper Professor


A Lamar University professor is one of 10 Texas professors to be honored by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation as a 2011 Piper Professor.

The award is given annually to 10 professors for superior teaching at the college level,  in the State of Texas.

James Westgate, university professor of earth and space sciences, is the 12th Lamar faculty member to receive the honor since the program began in 1958.

Lamar officials announced the award earlier today, at a news conference in the Geology Building, where Westgate has taught, conducted laboratories and maintained offices since he joined the faculty in 1989.

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STAT Member Named Regional Winner in NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Challenge

HOUSTON, Texas — April 21, 2011 — Bhavna Rawal, a science teacher at Northbrook High School in Houston, Texas, has been named a regional winner in NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Challenge, a new competition for middle and high school science teachers. The Challenge encouraged teachers (grades 6-12), who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. Rawal is one of 17 regional winners named, from which five national winners will be chosen, and from the national winners a grand prize winner will be selected.

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Proposals Deadline Extended to May 14! Submit Member At Large Votes.

Wed, 04/20/2011

Submit CAST Proposals Online!

Calling all science teachers:  we want you to present at CAST!  Share your best science teaching tips and submit today!  We've just extended the proposal deadline to May 14.


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Vote for Members At Large Until May 6!

We need your votes for Member at Large positions on the STAT Executive Committee.  Please respond to this e-mail by choosing three names out of the six below you would like to serve on your executive board.

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Beat the Budget Blues: Indulge in The Texas Science Teacher Journal

Thu, 04/14/2011


Inside this issue of STAT's official academic journal, the Texas Science Teacher :

  • A Message from STAT President Joel Palmer.
  • Confusing Language for Science and Mathematics Studentsby Sandra S. West and Sandra T. Browning.
  • Enhancing Science Knowledge through Proven Instructional Strategiesby Gloria Gresham, et. al.
  • Science-Fair Scorecard of Dallas/Fort Worth Area Independent School Districtsby Ramesh S. Hegde, Ph.D.

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