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May 2006 Issue

Science Explorations Online Investigations
Uncover Lizards and Snakes: Learn the Story of Squamates

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.

Lemurs in Madagascar
These interactives, videos, and essays explore the lemur species that live on Madagascar, the world's fourth largest island. But rampant deforestation, habitat fragmentation, and other anthropogenic factors are impacting lemurs much faster than evolution can mitigate the effects. Follow American and Malagasy scientists through the country's remaining forests to learn how these unusual creatures are coping with change.

Science Bulletins Survey
Science Bulletin's feature stories, interactive data visualizations, and weekly Snapshot images bring you recent discoveries and new technologies in astrophysics, Earth science, and biodiversity.

We are always striving to provide educators with the most useful materials for your classroom. We are currently providing the opportunity to guide the development of the resources you would like to see on the Science Bulletins website ( How do you use the site? What on the site is valuable to you? What works and what doesn't?

As a token of appreciation for your time, the Museum will send free packages of grade-appropriate educational materials to those completing the survey. If you have any questions or comments about this survey, please feel free to contact

Live Chat with Dr. Darrel Frost: Tuesday May 9th,
12-1 p.m.

Want to learn more about lizards and snakes? Dr. Frost will be available to discuss, in real time, what it's like to be a herpetologist who studies these amazing creatures. You can submit a question in advance or tune in to the Live Chat on May 9th.

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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Need Professional Development or Graduate Credits this summer? There is still time to join Seminars on Science.
The American Museum of Natural History's Seminars on Science program offers award-winning online courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences.

The eight available Summer courses include Space, Time and Motion, as well as The Ocean System, Space, Time and Motion, The Diversity of Fishes and Genetics, Genomics, Genethics. Space, Time and Motion offers an in-depth look at Einstein's theories, posits time as "the fourth dimension" and explores the possibilities of a unified theory. Visit the course website at: and use the sample resources there, including an interactive game that explains "frames of reference"—the idea that the movement of an object is based on the observer's point of view. Free sample resources are available for each course on the new Seminars website.

Designed for K-12 educators, each six-week course immerses the learner in an area of contemporary research. Educators come away with a deeper understanding of both the science and the tools of scientific inquiry as well as an array of classroom resources. 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 (see website for details) and may meet your local professional development requirements. Internet access is required, and 24-hour technical support is always available. Summer semesters run June 12 - July 23 AND July 3 - August 13.

A $50 discount is available for those who register early. Register now! For more information and to register, go to or call 800-649-6715.

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