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January / February 2006 Issue

We hope you and your students will join in on the live chat with Dr. Michael Shara, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, Feburary 22nd.

Science Explorations Online Investigations
Science Explorations is a series of online investigations featuring the latest scientific discoveries of the Museum's experts. Science Explorations is a collaboration between the Museum and Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, created to promote science literacy among students in grades 3 through 10. Check out the latest investigation, Journey into Space.

Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Mapping the Universe
These interactives, videos, and essays explore the process of taking a census of all the luminous objects in one-quarter of the visible cosmos. This hefty accounting job requires a specially-built telescope on task every clear night for eight years, wielding one of the biggest digital cameras on the planet. Over a hundred million stars, galaxies, and quasars have been tallied so far. Meet the astronomical observers and theorists set on divining the three-dimensional structure and origins of the Universe from these unprecedented scores of data.

AMNH's Online Graduate Science Courses
Seminars on Science is currently registering students for the SPRING semester. Designed for K-12 educators, courses include an integrated science course on The Ocean System, as well as Space, Time and Motion, Earth: Inside and Out, Genomics, Genethics.

Each six-week course immerses the learner in an area of contemporary research. Courses are taught and led by Museum scientists and educators and feature rich web-based discussions. They are easy to use and flexible enough to fit into a teacher's busy schedule. Graduate credit is available from a number of major institutions and may meet your local professional development requirements. Spring courses run from March 20 - April 26. Registration closes March 6, 2006. Sign up early for a $50 discount!

For more information and to register, go to or call 800-649-6715.

Science Explorations: Live Chat with Dr. Michael Shara activities/explorations/authform.asp

Dr. Shara will be available to discuss, in real time, what it's like to be an astrophysicist. You can submit a question in advance or tune in to the Live Chat on February 22 at 12:00 p.m.

Education Department
The Museum is a rich resource for field trips, research and professional development. Find out how to enrich your classroom by using the Museum and our education department to your advantage.

Public Programs
Check out the exciting lectures, performances, field trips, and workshops offered by the Museum.

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