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Registration for the 2019 Leadership Summit is Now Open!

Posted: November 28, 2018

Register now for NSELA's 2019 Leadership Summit that will be April 10 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch!

At no time in our country’s history has science education been more important than it is today.  Whether it be addressing mankind’s grand challenges facing coming generations, or finding solutions to local issues tomorrow, science education leaders must navigate a shifting landscape all while owning the responsibility of implementing positive changes in their field.  As science education leaders, we are tasked with understanding the current trends in science education; making decisions on current trends based on evidence; and implementing instructional practices to reflect changes in science education. The leadership strands for the 2019 Leadership Summit and additional professional development series are designed to equip science leaders with the tools and resources to tackle the grand challenges in leading effective science education in an ever-changing system.

Register Now!

Leadership Summit Rates

      Early Bird 
(Sept. 11, 2018 - March 8, 2019)
(March 9, 2019 - April 1, 2019)
   Late & On-Site
(April 2, 2019, - April 10, 2019)
Member Rate        $175      $220     $265
Non Member Rate*        $230      $275     $315

*Non member rates include one-year NSELA membership

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Nominations Due FRIDAY for 2019 OASA and OLISE Awards

Posted: November 28, 2018

It’s time to nominate outstanding candidates for two prestigious NSELA awards that honor outstanding contributions in Science/STEM education. 

The OASA (Outstanding Administrative Support Award) is presented at the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) luncheon held at the annual NSELA Leadership Summit. The award is accompanied by a check for $1,000 and a plaque donated by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Click Here for Information on OASA Nominations

Nomination packets are due on Friday, November 30, 2018.

The OLISE (Outstanding Leadership in Science Education) Award is sponsored by NSELA and Pearson and will be presented during the NSELA Pearson sponsored breakfast at the NSTA Conference. The OLISE recipient will receive a $1000.00 check and a plaque generously donated by Pearson.

Click Here for Information on OLISE Nominations

Nomination packets are due on Friday, November 30, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Nancy Kellogg, Awards Chair at [email protected]


Green Chemistry: Inventing a Circular Economy through a Thermodynamic Lens Webinar

Posted: November 28, 2018

Green Chemistry: Inventing a Circular Economy through a Thermodynamic Lens

December 6th, 2018 @ 1-2pm EST!


The natural world is a beautiful and intricate system of intertwined and overlapping materials ecosystems. As humans, our understanding of the various interrelationships is only at the most basic level. One important reason why these naturally interdependent cyclic systems exist with exquisite complexity is because of the very fact that they all co-emerged over hundreds of thousands of years in the presence of one another. Evolutionary forces drove symbiotic relationships by selecting for and against mechanisms and materials that were conducive to the success of the entire multi-component matrix. As human society seeks to create a circular economy, we unfortunately have the disadvantage that our various industrial “species” have developed with a level of independence, essentially unaware of adjacent processes. We are forced into a position of creating connectivities that were not part of the considerations in the original design. Obviously this creates a daunting challenge. While there have been some examples of the circular economy designed and deployed in many industrial settings, the vast majority of industrial products and processes continue to exist disconnected and unsustainable over the long run. The pathway to create most of these technological ecosystems will require the inventive application of green chemistry (the molecular level mechanistic underpinnings of sustainability). Nature creates materials of such exquisite structural complexity and diversity that humans may never be able to mimic them. Nature’s elegance is even more astounding when one considers the fact that most chemistry in the biological world is carried out at ambient temperature and pressure using water, for the most part, as its reaction medium. For society to become truly sustainable, the way we manufacture, use and repurpose materials must change dramatically. This presentation will describe John Warner’s entropic considerations of materials design and illustrate their application through recent R&D examples from the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. Examples from pharmaceuticals, personal care, construction materials and textiles will be included.

Register Here!


NSELA Now Has A Home On LinkedIn

Posted: November 28, 2018

You're following us on Twitter. You've liked us on Facebook, and you've even joined our Science Education Leaders Discussion Group, also on Facebook. 

What's left? 

Why LinkedIn, of course!

Please take a moment to follow NSELA -- our full page URL is:


"A Safety Minute" by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: November 28, 2018

"Hoods for Chemical Storage: The Issue We Would Prefer Not To Discuss"   NFPA-45 Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals is very clear in “Storage of chemicals in the fume hood shall be prohibited.”  Beside being dangerous and unsafe, this is a situation for which your school could be fined!

For current safety updates five days a week,
 follow Dr. Ken on Twitter @drroysafersci. Also follow Dr. Ken on Instagram at Drkensafetyjob1. 

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