The seventh issue of Science in School is already available.
A very useful document: European Guide to Science Journalism Training.
The Science Museum, London, is celebrating the “world’s largest physics experiment”: Big Bang
From Framing Science: Science Communication Bill Introduced in Congress.
The advocates of the new thinking in science education put great store by their emphasis on science education for the citizen, otherwise known as ‘scientific literacy’. But will turning off the Bunsen Burners and forcing students to focus on scientific issues and controversies encourage budding scientists, or put them off even more? In this provocative essay David Perks, head of physics at a London state secondary school, argues that attempts to make school science more popular by making it more ‘relevant’ are giving today’s students a watered-down science education that will not produce the scientists we need.
The charity Sense About Science, which promotes the dissemination of good scientific information to the public, has assembled the wisdom of 16 leading researchers in a handy leaflet which it hopes will become a must-read for celebrities.
Science for Celebrities: a new leaflet aimed at famous people.
A new web portal, Science Worlds: to encourage 16-19 year olds to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Newton’s Apple, a new science think-tank. “Its objective is to bring a greater appreciation of the vital role that science, technology and engineering contribute to the wealth of the UK and the health of its people.”
Christopher Smith from the University of Cambridge has been awarded the Science Communication award.
From Adrian Holovaty: Should we be training computer science majors in journalism (or vice versa)?
The University of Otago announced New Zeland’s First Chair in Science Communication:
A $1.5m donation from the Stuart Residence Halls Council to the University of Otago will be used to establish New Zealand’s first chair in Science Communication. The professor, to be appointed after a world-wide search, will lead an associated Centre for Science Communication.
From Science & the City: CSI, Crime Scene Insects. “A new interactive exhibit at the New York Hall of Science”
From the European Research Information Centre: ETHNIC – Minorities to science and technology!
Children are children, no matter where they are born – but do they all have the same opportunities to attain their maximum potential? The ETHNIC project set out to raise awareness of science and technology among children and their parents from ethnic minorities. All too often even in our modern European societies young people from ethnic minorities are being left behind in terms of educational achievement partly due to circumstance and partly due to low expectations.
Science on Stage 2: science teaching festival Grenoble, France, 2-6 April 2007.
The Science Museum, London, is annoucing Smart Toy Award 2006, for toys that make you think.
From Moving at the Speed of Creativity a great post about science in elementary schools: Let’s do more experiments in elementary science.
Scientific Illiteracy and the Partisan Takeover of Biology, an article in the latest issue of PLoS Biology, is worth reading:
The era of nonpartisan science is gone, says Miller, who urges scientists and science educators to learn the rules of this new game and get behind moderate Republicans as well as Democrats to protect the practice and teaching of sound science. Given the partisan attack on evolution and stem-cell research, he thinks scientists need to learn more about how
the political process works. They need to be willing to run for the school board, write $500 or even $5,000 checks to support moderate candidates, and defeat Christian right-wing
candidates. “Scientists need to become involved in partisan politics and to oppose candidates who reject evolution or attack scientiﬁ c research,” he says. “It takes time, money, and paying attention to the issues.”
An activity will happen simultaneously all over Europe at Noon on the 27th April 2006
Here’s a handy list of Courses for Science Communicators in the UK.