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2012 Issue 1 Contents

Consortium Board 2012-2013

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Editor’s Note

Crystal Bonds, Vice President

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President’s Note: Change Presents NCSSSMST Opportunities

Susan Caffery, Secretary

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Director’s Note: An Introduction and the Scientific Method

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Extending the Scope of Public Education

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Advocacy: Taking STEM from Idea to Action

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Using Gene Ontology to Enrich Student Learning Using Twitter and Facebook to Expand the Consortium’s Online Presence

Mary Ann Suddeth, President Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at The City College (NY) Conroe ISD Academy of Science and Technology (TX)

Hungsin Chin, Treasurer Alabama School of Fine Arts

Jay Thomas, Past President Aurora University (IL)

Steve Canipe, Executive Director Walden University (MN)

Tanya Cabrera Illinois Institute of Technology

Nicole Culella Brooklyn Technical High School (NY)

Alison Earnhart Liberal Arts and Science Academy of Austin (TX)

Mark Godwin South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Math

Tim Gott

Are STEM High School Students Entering the STEM Pipeline?

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science (KY)

Economic Impact: Methodology and Overall Findings

Clifford Happy

Effects of Di-butyl Phthalate (DBP) on Developing Medaka Embryos Using Enzymes to Improve Antibiotic Effectiveness on Staphylococcus epidermidis Biofilm Removal

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Institutional and Affiliate Members

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Journal Author Guidelines

Cheryl Hatch Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (MI) Arkansas School of Math, Science, and the Arts

Rosemarie Jahoda The Bronx High School of Science (NY)

Christopher Kolar Illinois Math and Science Academy

Letita Mason North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Heather Sondel Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (VA)

Sharon Webb Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (VA)

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