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BOSTON - April 27, 2009 - “Miller and Levine Biology,” the new edition of the world’s bestselling high school biology program, is a finalist in three categories of the 2009 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Awards, including the prestigious Golden Lamp Awards. Named for its two internationally renowned scientist-authors, Ken Miller and Joe Levine, the new biology curriculum from Savvas takes a bold approach to science instruction, combining the power of a robust digital learning path with a proven foundation of academic success.
“Miller & Levine Biology” is a Golden Lamp Award finalist in the “Curriculum” category. As the educational publishing industry’s equivalent of “Best Picture” for its recognition of overall excellence, the Golden Lamp is awarded to products for their superior use of content, design and fulfillment of their educational mission.
The high school biology program also earned honors in two categories of the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Awards:
The Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the best educational resources in the categories of Curriculum, Periodicals, Professional Development and Technology Innovations.
“Over the past decade, the science of biology has changed as significantly as the students in our classrooms. Today we study subjects we couldn’t have imagined just a short time ago, such as the human genome and how it compares with the genomes of other organisms. And our students are not only more technologically literate, but they have different expectations for learning science - they want direct experience and contact with what they are learning,” said co-author Ken Miller. “Our new program was designed to provide the 21st century content and approach that immerses high school students in the experience of learning biology.”
Launched in late 2008 and quickly being adopted by hundreds of schools around the country, the new “Miller & Levine Biology” aims to help all students learn the big ideas and science concepts, regardless of their learning style or ability. Customized curriculum packages allow educators to select the learning solution that fits the needs of their individual classrooms.
Through Biology.com, the program’s compelling digital path, students meet their partners on their adventure into the world of science - a team of young “ecogeek” scientists who have created real-life experiences infusing curriculum topics with new intrigue and relevance for students. Their “Untamed Science” videos offer an ingenious blend of energy, enthusiasm and solid scientific knowledge and biology that engage students as they explore their world. The program’s dynamic digital path also offers students and teachers a wealth of resources and engaging activities, including complete online student and teacher editions of the textbooks, editable worksheets, interactive study guides, fun science games and online assessments.
“Ken Miller and Joe Levine are superstars in the world of science education, and teachers around the country are greeting the next generation of their bestselling high school biology program with enthusiasm and praise for the way that it leverages cutting-edge technology combined with contemporary content to engage students,” said Lynda Cloud, Savvas’s Senior Vice President for Science. “It is an honor to have ‘Miller & Levine Biology’ recognized by the educational publishing industry for both its digital path and overall comprehensive instructional program designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s science classrooms.”
The 2009 AEP Awards will be announced at a banquet and gala on June 12 in Washington, D.C.
As part of our commitment to the world around us, Savvas will donate a portion of proceeds from Miller & Levine Biology to organizations committed to protecting the habitat of the beautiful but endangered Scarlet Macaw.
The Scarlet Macaw, Ara macao, one of the largest and most beautiful members of the parrot family, is native to humid evergreen forests from Mexico to the Brazilian Amazon. They live high in the rainforest canopy, where they feed on flower buds, nectar, and a variety of nuts, fruits and seeds that they crack open with their powerful jaws.
Scarlet Macaws typically live 30-50 years in the wild, and form long-term monogamous pair bonds. They nest in tree hollows high off the ground, where they lay 2-4 eggs. Females take main responsibility for incubating eggs, but after hatching, chicks are cared for by both parents. Young birds stay with their parents for between one and two years. Parents do not lay another clutch of eggs until the young are living on their own.
Macaws, along with a third of all parrots, are listed as endangered under the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Their numbers are decreasing for three reasons: their habitats are being destroyed by logging, agriculture, and development; they are hunted for meat; and their chicks are targeted by poachers who supply the pet trade. Because macaws are on the CITES endangered list, it is illegal to take them from the wild, or import them into any country that signed the CITES treaty, without a permit.
Aside from food value, poaching of macaws for the pet trade can be very lucrative. Individual birds may be sold for more than $1,000 - an enormous amount of money in many parts of the birds' natural range. Because the bird nest so high in the canopy, sometimes poachers cut down trees to bring nests within reach.
Macaws are also important to ecotourism, which, in Costa Rica, employs more people than any other industry. In one recent year, 40,000 tourists visited Costa Rica's Carara National Park - mostly to see the macaws. Those tourists spent $6 million... but a careful analysis showed that only 6% of that money actually benefited communities in and around the park.
Given the nature of threats to macaws, any realistic approach to conservation must:
Ideally, the end result of these efforts would be a situation in which local people recognize that protection of natural habitats and animal populations can serve their long-term economic interests.
Both organizations inform their conservation efforts with the best available science. They share a passion for the importance of nature in its own right, as well as an understanding of the importance of ecosystem goods and services to human community. Both understand that enduring conservation success depends on active involvement of local communities whose lives and livelihoods are linked to the conservation of natural systems.
The EcoLogic Development Fund
The key to EcoLogic's sustainable impact is its combination of scientifically informed action and its dynamic partnerships with grassroots and indigenous-led organizations that reflect the values and talents of their communities. This people-centered conservation approach has helped make the Sarstoon-Temash National Park in Belize, a wetland of international importance, into a safe-haven for the scarlet macaw. The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, founded in 1999 with EcoLogic's help by local communities, manages 42,000 acres of diverse coastal ecosystems - home to macaws, jaguars, manatees, and neotropical river otters.
EcoLogic helps provide incentives and alternatives that align conservation with improved opportunities for local people. In addition to strengthening the park's guarding and monitoring capabilities, its work targets the park's buffer zones where poor communities reside. By promoting shade-grown agriculture that does not compete with forests, providing training in eco-tourism activities, and facilitating environmental education workshops that enable communities and schools to effectively steward their resources, EcoLogic integrates local needs and talents to ensure long-term sustainable conservation. To date, EcoLogic has provided direct assistance to more than 5000 rural communities who serve as stewards to over 6 million acres of ecologically rich habitat in Latin America.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) aims to preserve biological diversity using the best available science and a non-confrontational approach to developing innovative solutions to complex problems at scales that matter and in ways that will endure. As part of this effort, TNC is launching an unprecedented effort to conserve the forests of Central America and their unique species before the corridor is irrevocably fragmented. One part of this effort aims to protect Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, home to the country's largest population (300 breeding pairs) of scarlet macaws - along with endangered endemic species large and small, from white-lipped peccaries to giant anteaters.
TNC aims to help protect as much of the one million-acre Osa Conservation Area as possible, including surrounding marine environments. Collaborating with local partners, TNC seeks to improve park management, consolidate protected areas, facilitate private land conservation, and design financial mechanisms that will ensure long-term, sustainable conservation. In La Amistad, a bi-national park spanning more than one million acres in Costa Rica and Panama, communities are learning to see protected area status not as an obstacle to economic development, but instead as an opportunity. Parkland conservation protects their ability to generate income from activities like ecotourism, or the sustainable production of organic honey, coffee, cocoa, and fruits. To date, TNC has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide - and operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.
Information about the Tropical Biology Scholarship
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TROPICAL BIOLOGY CONTEST
FOR HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY SCIENCE TEACHERS EDUCATING STUDENTS IN ONE OR MORE OF GRADES 9-12 AT AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE CHANCES OF WINNING. CONTEST OPEN ONLY TO HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHERS EDUCATING STUDENTS IN ONE OR MORE OF GRADES 9-12 AT AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES.
Important: Please read these rules carefully before entering the Savvas Curriculum Tropical Biology Contest (the "Contest").
To enter the Contest, biology teachers are required to submit an essay of 500 words or less on how his/her experience at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica (the "Organization") would change the way he/she teaches biology (the "Essay"). By submitting an Essay, all contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.
1. How To Enter.
You may enter either by (i) completing an online entry form found at www.phschool.com/tropicalbiology and submitting your Essay electronically there or (ii) going online at www.phschool.com/tropicalbiology and downloading and printing an entry form for the Contest and mailing the completed entry form with the Essay to: Tropical Biology Contest c/o Savvas Curriculum; 501 Boylston St, Suite 900; Boston, MA, 02116. Any Essay submitted must conform to the essay guidelines as further specified in the Contest forms in order to be eligible. Limit one entry per teacher. Essays that exceed 500 words will not be considered. By submitting an entry, you agree that Savvas shall have the right (but not the obligation) to publish your Essay in its textbooks and in associated publishing material and promotional material.
Open to legal U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older at time of entry, who are high school biology teachers educating students in one or more of grades 9-12 at an accredited school in the United States and who comply with the essay guidelines and these Official Rules. Employees of Savvas Learning Company, Inc. and Authors Miller and Levine ("Sponsors") and their parent companies, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, manufacturers and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) in the same household are not eligible. The prizes will be awarded in accordance with any and all laws, rules and regulations, and eligibility to receive a prize will be in accordance with the written policy, if any, of the winner's employer. Entrants are solely responsible for making sure that an award of the prize would be in compliance with the foregoing. Each winner will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and where lawful, Publicity Release ("Winners Affidavit"), together with a Certification of Eligibility by the winner's employer, within seven (7) days of notification. In the event the selected winner does not comply with these requirements, or does not fully and accurately and legibly complete the Winners Affidavit and Certification of Eligibility, or should Sponsors believe that the awarding of the prize would violate any applicable law, rule, regulation or policy, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining eligible essays received. Electronic entries must include a valid e-mail address for the entrant. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the e-mail address at the time of submission of the entry.
Sponsors and any and all of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees, agencies, heirs and assigns will not be responsible for (1) any late, lost, incomplete, misrouted, misdirected, postage due or damaged entries or errors in transmission; (2) any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsors; or (3) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.
Sponsors and their agents are not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone malfunctions of any kind and shall not be liable for failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications utilized in this Contest which may limit the ability to participate in the Contest. If for any reason, (including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of the Sponsors, which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest), the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, the Sponsors have the right, in their sole discretion, to modify and/or cancel the Contest.
4. Contest Period.
All electronic entries must be received on or after October 15, 2008 and prior to March 1, 2009 11:59 P.M. ET (the "Deadline"). All mail-in entries must be postmarked by January 2, 2009 and received by January 5, 2009, to be eligible to win a prize.
5. Selection of Winner.
Submissions will be forwarded to Ken Miller and Joe Levine with the final selection of the winning essays to be made by them on or about March 15, 2009. The winning essays will be evaluated and judged by Kenneth Miller and Joe Levine based on their personal judgment of the essays with respect to a combination of the following factors: basic writing ability, creativity, relevance to core curriculum contents and national standards, and discussion of the challenge of teaching about the process of science. The Contest winners will be announced publicly at the National Science Teacher Association conference to be held in April, 2009. The winners will also be notified in writing by e-mail or by U.S. mail shortly after the selection of the winners.
The two teachers who submitted the prize winning essays will each have the chance to be flown to New Orleans for the National Science Teacher Association conference in April, 2009. Trip includes coach class airfare, and 1 night hotel accommodations. Winners need not attend the conference in order to receive their prize. Winners will also receive a Grand Prize 13 day/12 night scholarship in the summer of 2009. Each Grand Prize consists of, for one person, round trip coach air transportation from a major airport near winner's home to the Juan Santa Maria International Airport in San José, Costa Rica, and stay over one night at a hotel in San José, Costa Rica. Winners will then be transferred via charter bus to the La Selva Field Station at the Organization, where he/she will participate in 6 days/5 nights of research and exploration of tropical biology concepts. Winners will then be transferred via charter bus to the San Miguel Field Station at the Organization, where he/she will participate in 6 days/5 nights of research and exploration of tropical biology concepts. Local accommodations, meals and tuition will be provided. Winners will then travel home by spending one night in a hotel in San José, then go home via the Juan Santa Maria International Airport. The approximate retail value of each prize is $10,000 with actual value depending on city of departure. Limit one prize per person. Winner must take trip during the dates specified by the Organization or winner forfeits the prize. Dates are subject to change. Winner is solely responsible for any and all meals, transportation between winner's residence and major commercial airport of departure, ground transportation, luggage, supplies, immunizations, gratuities, upgrades, personal incidentals and any other expenses not specified herein. Travel is subject to availability and other restrictions and blackout dates may apply. If the actual value turns out to be less than the stated ARV above, the difference will not be awarded in cash. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
If either grand prize is not claimed within 7 days after notification of the prize award, it will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Prizes are not transferable in whole or in part. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize that becomes unavailable. All prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). In the event a winner engages during the trip in behavior that (as determined by Sponsor in Sponsor's sole discretion) is threatening, illegal, obnoxious or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the trip early, in whole or in part, and send the winner home with no further compensation.
7. Medical Precautions; General Release.
All Entrants acknowledge that, depending on local conditions in Costa Rica at the time of travel, winner is likely to be required and/or recommended medical precautions (vaccinations, prophylactic medication, etc.) as determined by the Centers for Disease Control, local hospital travel clinics, and/or OTS. Entrant agrees to review such recommendations, and to take all required and recommended medical precautions, taking into account his/her individual health circumstances if he/she wins. Entrant understands that some vaccinations may need to be administered, and courses of medication may need to be initiated specific lengths of time before the trip begins, and might need to be maintained during, and for a period of time after the trip ends. By applying, Entrant agrees to cover any expenses incurred in obtaining such necessary medical precautions and to assume all risk and liability in connection therewith.
All entrants acknowledge that there may be risks inherent in the Contest and preparation for use and use of the Prize. By entering the Contest, all entrants release the Sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, heirs and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or resulting from acceptance, possession, preparation for or use or misuse of any prize including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, defamation, portrayal in a false light, copyright infringement, patent infringement, trademark infringement and merchandise delivery.
8. Ownership of Entries.
All Essays and entries, irrespective of whether they are a winning entry, become the property of Savvas Learning Company, Inc. and will not be acknowledged or returned. Without limiting the foregoing, by entering, all entrants shall be deemed to have transferred and assigned to Savvas Learning Company, Inc., its respective successors and assigns, absolutely and forever, all right, title and interest (including copyrights and other intellectual property rights) in and to their Essays, including the right to edit, modify and prepare derivative works based upon the Essay, and to display, reproduce, transmit and deliver the Essay in and by any and all media now in existence or hereafter discovered or devised throughout the world in perpetuity. Entrants agree to execute any and all documents requested by Savvas Learning Company, Inc. to effectuate its rights described in this paragraph. Entrants hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waive any and all moral rights or any rights of similar nature under any law in any jurisdiction in and to any and all elements of the Essay. Entrants represent and warrant to Savvas Learning Company, Inc. that (i) any Essay submitted are the original creation of entrant; (ii) Savvas Learning Company, Inc.'s use of such Essay as contemplated in these rules will not violate the rights of any third party; (iii) entrant owns all right, title and interest in and to the Essay; and (iv) that the Essay has not previously won a prize in a national contest or has not previously been published in a national publication.
9. Use of Winner's Information.
Except where prohibited by law, acceptance of a prize constitutes permission to use the winner's name, picture or likeness, school and school district name, state of residence, and prize information, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes without further permission or compensation.
10. Rules Request.
To obtain a copy of these rules, send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to Savvas at the address listed below:
Attn: Tropical Biology Contest
501 Boylston St, Suite 900
Boston, MA, 02116
11. Copyright Notice.
The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright ©2009 by Savvas Learning Company, INC.
The Contest will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the United States and the State of New York. Prizes will be awarded in accordance with any and all laws, rules and regulations (including but not limited to laws, rules or regulations at the state, municipal or local level), and in accordance with the written policy, if any, or certified consent of the winner's employer. Entrants are solely responsible for making sure that an award of the prize would be in compliance with the all of the foregoing. By participating in the Contest, entrants agree (i) to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Kenneth Miller and Joe Levine which are final and binding in all respects and (ii) to the use of the information supplied by entrant by Savvas Learning Company, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates within Savvas Learning Company, Inc. and certain websites affiliated with Savvas Learning Company, Inc. for marketing and advertising purposes. Entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Contest or engage in any conduct that is detrimental to the Sponsors, the Contest or any other entrant (as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion) are subject to disqualification. Winners must also possess the required travel documents (e.g. a valid passport, etc.) and other travel requirements prior to travel or his/her prize may be awarded to an alternate winner. Sponsors reserve the right to reject entry forms from persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the Contest. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Contest, please send written questions to Tropical Biology Contest, Savvas Curriculum, 501 Boylston St, Suite 900, Boston, MA, 02116
13. Winner's Name.
To obtain the name of the winner after April, 2009, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tropical Biology Contest, C/O Savvas Curriculum, 501 Boylston St. Suite 900, Boston, MA, 02116, or go to http://www.phschool.com/tropicalbiology
14. Contest Sponsors.
The sponsors of the Contest are the Savvas Curriculum Group of Savvas Learning Company, Inc., located at 501 Boylston St. Suite 900, Boston, MA, 02116, and Kenneth Miller and Joseph Levine.
When will the winner be announced?
The winning names will be announced at the NSTA April 2009 National Conference in New Orleans. Check this Web site, the NSTA program, and the Savvas Booth for announcement details. All entries attending the awards reception will also receive a prize provided by Miller & Levine Biology!
How will I find out if I won?
Winners will be notified by mail prior to the NSTA national meeting.
How do I find out who won?
Winners will be announced during a reception at the 2009 NSTA National meeting hosted by Joe Levine, Ken Miller, and Savvas. Winners will also be posted to phschool.com/tropicalbiology or millerandlevine.com after April 16th.
Who can enter?
The Miller Levine Tropical Biology Scholarship is open to all Biology teachers.
How do I enter?
To enter the scholarship, you'll need to complete the electronic entry form and write an essay explaining how this experience at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica will change the way you teach.
Online entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. EST on March 1, 2009. Your completed entry and essay can be easily uploaded to: www.phschool.com/tropicalbiology.
Limit one entry per person. All entries become property of Savvas and none will be returned.
About the Organization for Tropical Studies:
The Organization for Tropical Studies is a non-profit consortium that has grown to include 63 universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America, and Australia. In the early 1960's, scientists from U.S. universities forged working relationships with colleagues at the Universidad de Costa Rica in the interest of strengthening education and research in tropical biology. Intense interest both in the U.S. and Costa Rica led to the founding of OTS in 1963. OTS was founded to provide leadership in education, research, and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. To address this mission, OTS conducts graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica, and conducts environmental education programs.Go to the OTS Web site!
Personal Letter From Joe Levine
Ken Miller and I are pleased to announce that we are, for the third time, personally sponsoring a scholarship program to enable two high school biology teachers to participate...
Why We are Doing This
Ken and I (like many of you) are dedicated to biology education. REAL biology education. Which means...
of the next Tropical Biology Scholorship
What to expect
What's on the agenda?
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