Public Lecture Series
"U.S. Science Education and Global Competitiveness"
Bruce A. Fuchs, Ph.D.
Director of the NIH Office of Science Education
In December of last year the results of the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released and, once again, U.S. students performed poorly in science and math compared to students from many other countries. We are going to look at some of the international student data and talk about what we can, and cannot, conclude from these types of studies.
Dr. Fuchs is responsible for monitoring a range of science education policy issues and providing advice to National Institutes of Health (NIH) leadership.
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1:30 p.m. -
3:00 p.m., followed by refreshments
Science Foundation, Room 110
4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Ballston–Marymount University Metro)
Enter NSF from
the corner of N Stuart St & 9th St N.(map) (directions)
Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism 2011
The third annual Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS – pronounced "nexus") is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan. As its name suggests, NECSS explores the intersection of science, skepticism, the media, and society for the purpose of promoting a more rational world. Scheduled speakers include Eugenie C. Scott, Phil Plait, Steve Novella, John Allen Paulos, and many more. For more information, visit necsscon.org.
Special Offer for NCAS Members Attending NECSS 2011
NECSS is offering a substantial advance group registration discount for NCAS and other skeptical organizations: $30 off the $95 general admission price. A minimum of 15 registrants is required to get the discount. Contact NCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 587-3827 by March 1 if you wish to attend. Please provide the number of requested tickets and the registrant name(s). We'll contact you in early March to let you know if we've reached our goal of 15 or more. We'll also provide instructions for payment at the reduced rate.
Mark Your Calendars: Joel Achenbach
Be sure to join us at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7
at the National Science Foundation when NCAS
presents its 2011 Philip J. Klass Award for outstanding
contributions in critical thinking and scientific
understanding to Joel Achenbach, long-time staff writer for the Washington Post. Achenbach is also the author of seven books, including Captured by Aliens: The Search for Life and Truth in a Very Large Universe, three volumes of Why Things Are (compilations of his long-running newspaper column), and his newest, A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher.
Achenbach will become the first journalist to win the Klass Award, named in honor of the noted aerospace journalist and skeptic, who was also one of the original conveners of NCAS in 1987 and an important long-time mentor to our organization.
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Drinking Skeptically, now in MD and VA!
On Wednesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m., please join fellow NCASers at
either of our simultaneous DC-area Drinking
Georgia Avenue (entrance on Sligo Avenue) in Silver Spring, MD
Wilson Blvd (Ballston Common Mall) in Arlington, VA
The February issue of Washingtonian magazine features the Sidebar on its cover, for a story on the best bars in the DC area.
an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking
among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. There's
no cover charge and all are welcome. Don't
drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's
most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you!
Remember that drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. If
there's one thing science has taught us, it's the effects of alcohol on
the human body.
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