General information about chapter 11, "Professional Associations and U.S. Government Organizations, is contained in the "Part 4 Overview," on pages 306-309.

The annotations in this chapter are arranged alphabetically by organization names. The annotations provide addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and Web site addresses, where available. The name and address of the appropriate person, such as an executive director, is provided for any organization that does not have a fixed address.

11.3 American Association of Physics Teachers


American Center for Physics,

One Physics Ellipse,

College Park, MD 20740

(301) 209-3300


Professional association of more than 11,000 college-level physicists, high school physics teachers, and others interested in the quality of physics education. Programs/services: Cooperates with American Physical Society (see 11.17) in Teacher-Scientist Alliance Institute to mobilize scientists in support of systemic reform of science education. Publications/materials: The Physics Teacher (journal).

11.4 American Astronomical Society


Education Office,

c/o Adler Planetarium,

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.,

Chicago, IL 60605 (312)



Professional society of more than 6,000 astronomers, physicists, and other scientists in related fields. Programs/services: Teacher workshops at society meetings; Bok Prize for Astronomy, at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Publications/materials: A New Universe to Explore: Careers in Astronomy (brochure).

11.5 American Ceramic Society


735 Ceramic Pl.,

P.O. Box 6136,

Westerville, OH 43081-6136

(614) 890-4700


Professional society of 10,000 scientists, engineers, educators, and others interested in a wide range of ceramics applications, including medicine, aerospace, fiber optics, electronics, automobiles, and the environment. Programs/services: Program linking scientists to schools nationwide to serve as mentors, to make in-school presentations, and to invite students to the workplace; through these links, the society fosters scientist-teacher collaborations and partnerships that provide teachers and students access to the society's publications and materials. Publications/materials: Science on Wheels (experiment manual); ceramic sample kit; Ceramics—Into the Future (video); Career Opportunities in Ceramics (brochure).

11.6 American Cetacean Society


P.O. Box 1391,

San Pedro, CA 90733

(310) 548-6279


Volunteer organization of more than 2,500 scientists, educators, and lay persons interested in education about and devoted to the protection of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Programs/services: Information hotline; volunteer opportunities for teachers; research library. Publications/materials: Gray Whale Teaching Kit; Whalewatcher (journal); newsletter; bibliography; information sheets available free of charge to children.

11.7 American Chemical Society


1155 16th St., N.W.,

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 872-4600;

(800) 227-5558



Principal professional society of chemists, with 150,000 members. Publications/materials: Foundations and Challenges to Encourage Technology-based Science (FACETS)—integrated science curriculum for grades 6-8; supplemental activities; WonderScience—hands-on physical science magazine for grades 4-6; audiovisual materials; catalog of teaching resources; newsletter; posters.

11.8 American Forest Foundation


1111 19th St., N.W.,

Suite 780,

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 463-2462


Nonprofit environmental education and forest conservation organization. Programs/services: Cosponsored with the Council for Environmental Education: Project Learning Tree (PLT)—comprehensive environmental education program for students (PreK-12) in 50 states and 6 foreign countries, focused on a broad range of environmental issues and designed to develop critical-thinking skills. Project Learning Tree is also a distribution network for PLT curriculum and other materials; workshops, with accompanying instructional materials,

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