Presidential STEM awards program accepting nominations Presidential STEM awards program accepting nominations Wednesday, March 26, 2014 The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is seeking nominations for exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades K-6 for the 2014 award year. Nominations for this award year will close on April 15. To submit a nomination for an exceptional K-6 teacher, complete the nomination form available on the PAEMST website, and submit the teacher’s name, email address and school contact information. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org. Identifying math anxiety in the classroom and at home Identifying math anxiety in the classroom and at home Driving Force April 9, 2014 Racing pulse and sweaty palms—math tests can cause symptoms that are similar to a heart attack, but are in fact the signs of math anxiety. I saw it for the first time last week at a learning center where I tutor kids in chemistry. A young girl walked in and she was nearly paralyzed with fear over her math homework. This form of angst is unlike other forms of anxiety; it has nothing to do with intelligence or working memory, yet it has been defined as a negative affective response to mathematics. March SB&F March SB&F Download March 18, 2014 The March issue of SB&F has a special bibliography of books celebrating women in science. February SB&F February SB&F Download March 18, 2014 The February issue of SB&F features the winners of the 2014 AAAS/Suburu SB&F Prize. Volunteer opportunity for the USA Science and Engineering Festival Thursday, March 6, 2014 AAAS is seeking 15 to 20 engaging scientists to speak with local high school students during a one-hour Meet the Scientist/Engineer event being held during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Sian Beilock wants to know why we choke Sian Beilock wants to know why we choke under pressure Member Spotlight March 14, 2014 University of Chicago psychologist Sian Beilock has built a career on studying elite athletes, students and other strivers who “choke” under pressure. In 2010 she wrote a book on the subject, "Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To." Now, Beilock, a AAAS fellow, is trying to figure out why American kids lag behind much of the rest of the world in mathematics, the fundamental skill set for the jobs our economy will need most in the 21st century. Elizabeth Reitz is unearthing ancient cultures Elizabeth Reitz is unearthing ancient cultures Member Spotlight February 20, 2014 More than a clay pot, more than a crumbling ancient building, a bone can sometimes speak to the secrets of history. Anthropologist Elizabeth Reitz has discovered that biological clues can help reveal what species of animals a population raised and ate, how their culture was inspired by food choices, and the technologies they developed to access different sources of nourishment. And, she says, bones can divulge even more. House examines private sector STEM efforts House examines private sector STEM efforts Capitol Connection January 15, 2014 How can the private sector help encourage the next generation to pursue STEM fields? The House Subcommittee on Research and Technology examined this question in a hearing on January 9th, and took testimony from organizations that have succeeded in attracting young people to STEM fields. January SB&F January SB&F Download January 8, 2014 In the January 2014 issue of SB&F we present our list of the best books and AV materials reviewed in 2013. Enjoy! Your chance to be featured in Science Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Answer this question: If you had 5 extra hours per week to devote to advocacy for science, how would you use that time? at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NextGen10mc Make sure to enter by the 14th February.  A selection of the best responses will be published in the April 4th issue of Science. See results from the last survey at http://scim.ag/NextGen9Results