Yes, this is a very important point.  The proposal you write for the  
August review gives you a head-start on doing the proceedings paper.   
It is a peer-reviewed contribution and it goes on the NARST  
conference CD in full.  So there is a bit of work up front, but it  
pays off nicely in the end!


On Apr 24, 2009, at 10:37 AM, Eric J. Pyle wrote:

> Steve,
> One other item to point out - presenters are expected to share a  
> full paper at the presentations, which are often longer than the  
> traditional GSA-style presentation.  This is a good thing, as it is  
> a solid piece that others can read right away.  Selection of papers  
> is also done using a formal peer-review process, as well.  Thus,  
> the result is a true peer-reviewed paper presentation.
> Regards,
> Eric
> ---- Original message ----
> Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:25:02 -0700
> From: Steven Semken <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: NARST: Wish you were there
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Esteemed Colleagues:
> I've just returned from the annual conference of the National  
> Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) in Garden  
> Grove, CA.  NARST publishes the Journal of Research in Science  
> Teaching and is also a locus for researchers who edit and publish  
> related journals such as Science Education, IJSE, J. Env. Ed., and  
> so on.
> In the recent past there has been increasing involvement in NARST  
> conferences by geo-ed and geocog researchers, but not this year.   
> There were very few of our community present and even fewer geo- 
> related talks and posters.  The general absence of the geo realm  
> was noted by many, and some of the conference organizers asked me  
> to get the word out about next year.
> As others on this listserv can confirm, NARST is a smaller (~1000  
> attendees), friendly conference, particularly welcoming to first- 
> time attendees (you can be matched with an experienced colleague  
> who will show you around and introduce you).  The spectrum of  
> expertise there is quite different from one of our discipline-based  
> meetings like GSA/NAGT or AGU.  There are many social and  
> statistical scientists, but also P/C/B science and SFES faculty,  
> and K-12 educators.
> Our community has plenty to contribute to this annual conference.   
> Networking opportunities are tremendous.
> Next year's conference will be in Philadelphia the week of 20-24  
> March 2010.  It should be noted that the submission procedure for  
> NARST is quite different from that of GSA or AGU.  You can submit a  
> single paper or poster, or get together with colleagues to submit a  
> linked set of 4-5 papers (which, if accepted, constitutes its own  
> topical session).  Each submission is a presentation "proposal" of  
> up to 5 pages single-spaced.  And the deadline is early: typically  
> mid-August for the meeting in the following spring.
> If you are not a NARST member but are interested in the  
> organization and/or the conference, visit
> Thanks,
> Steve
> Eric J. Pyle, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor
> Department of Geology and Environmental Science
> James Madison University
> MSC 6903
> Harrisonburg, VA  22807
> 540.568.7115
> 7100A Memorial Hall
> "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
> Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
> Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
> Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it"
> The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam