Volume: 05, Issue: 10 03/14/2007 
This image of the circumstellar disk around Beta Pictoris shows (in false colors) the light reflected by dust around the young star at infrared wavelengths. Image credit: Jean-Luc Beuzit, et al. Grenoble Observatory, European Southern Observatory.
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This artist's concept illustrates a solar system that is a much younger version of our own. Dusty disks are thought to be the breeding grounds of planets, including rocky ones like Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
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M74 Galaxy May House A Dust Factory. Image credit: NASA.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Cassini Spacecraft Images Seas on Saturnís Moon Titan
A Hot Start Might Explain Geysers on Enceladus
New Panorama Reveals More Than a Thousand Black Holes
NASA Mission Finds Link Between Big and Small Stellar Blasts
 

Professional Development Opportunities

Check out these classes, seminars, and workshops for teachers looking to further their professional development.

NSTA Web Seminars
NSTA Web Seminars are 90-minute, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts from organizations such as NASA, NOAA, FDA, and NSDL.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

Educator Workshops at Chicagoís Field Museum
Explore the Earth and its peoples through The Field Museumís collections, exhibitions, and artifacts. Earn CPUs, CEUs, or Lane and Aurora University graduate credit.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

GLOBE Teacher Training Workshops
GLOBE is a worldwide network of K-12 students who, under the guidance of trained teachers, make a core set of environmental observations and report their data via the Internet. Scientists use GLOBE data in their research and provide feedback to the students.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/aboutglobe.cgi?intro&lang=en&nav=1.

MSUís Teachers in Geosciences Program for Earth Science Teachers
If you teach Earth science, Mississippi State University has a program that could assist in making you a highly qualified Earth science teacher. This M.S. degree program offered via distance learning is the Teachers in Geosciences (TIG) program.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.msstate.edu/dept/geosciences/distance.html.

Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers
The Georgia Institute of Technologyís Center for Education Integrating Science, Math, and Computing accepts applications for six-to eight-week summer internships with the GIFT program. GIFT has placed middle and high school math, science, and technology teachers in more than 900 positions in cutting-edge scientific research, data analysis, curriculum development, and real-world inquiry and problem solving.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/gift/default.htm.

    
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