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Students and Teachers Competing to Win, Problem Solving Together!

Host: Jon Fiorella
Presenter: Arthur Eisenkraft, Ph.D.
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Presenter: Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft

Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft

Dr. Eisenkraft taught physics at Briarcliff High School in Briarcliff, New York from 1975-84. He continues to teach physics and has been science coordinator at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York since that time. Arthur did his undergraduate work at S.U.N.Y., Stonybrook and received his Ph.D. from New York University. Previously, Arthur served in the Peace Corps in Nepal (1971-72).

Dr. Eisenkraft has been involved with a number of NSTA projects, chairing many NSTA sponsored competitions: the Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Awards (1991 to date); the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants (1990 to date); the Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competitions (1984 to date). He was also Chair of the NYNEX Awards Program (1993-95); is a columnist and is on the Advisory Board of "Quantum" (a science and math student magazine that is published by NSTA as a joint venture between the U.S.A. and Russia; 1989 to date)--he and a colleague create a monthly contest problem for this magazine. Dr. Eisenkraft has also been involved in a Scope, Sequence and Coordination curriculum project sponsored by NSTA with funding from NSF (1997-1998).

In this curriculum, science is taught by spiraling through the curriculum while teaching all four of the science sub-disciplines--earth science, biology, chemistry and physics. The coordination involves showing how the topics are related.

Dr. Eisenkraft's additional professional activities include: Project Director of "Active Physics", a thematically based physics course for students who do not ordinarily take physics, which has many "hands-on" activities (1991 to date; units include sports, medicine and transportation). He has held membership on the Curriculum working group developing the National Science Education Standards 1992-96; the Advisory Panel to the Center for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education (CSMEE) and the National Academy of Sciences 1996-98. He was U.S. Academic Director, International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 1986-91; Executive Director XXIV IPhO 1986-91 and was on the Editorial Board of "The Physics Teacher" 1979-85. Dr. Eisenkraft holds U.S. Patent #4447141 for the Laser Vision Testing System (which tests visual acuity for spatial frequency). His publications include: a lab text on laser applications, an audiotape history of the discovery of fission, middle and high school curriculum materials and 70 miscellaneous articles. He has been featured in "Scientific American" and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops.

Arthur Eisenkraft has also been recognized with the following awards: Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, 1986; AAPT Distinguished Service Citation, 1989; Science Teacher of the Year, Disney American Teacher Awards, 1991; Honorary Doctor of Science from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, 1993.

This spring, at its national convention in Boston, Arthur was inducted as the President Elect of the National Science Teachers Association. He is an extraordinary educator and a willing colleague. We welcome his participation here at SciTalk.

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