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Current Issue:  April 2016

April Issue Highlights

April is a month in which we celebrate spring and the Earth. It is also National Poetry Month. It seems fitting then to highlight a very special television documentary that will be broadcast on PBS during the third week in April—W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree. The film examines the life and work of the poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and environmental activist. For 40 years, Merwin planted a tree almost every day and in the process restored nineteen acres of land, creating a remarkable pine forest in Haiku, Hawaii. 

Our issue also features a very special interview with author Sy Montgomery, author of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize winning book The Octopus Scientists and also of The Soul of an Octopus, an SB&F Prize and National Book Prize finalist. In this interview, Sy shares exciting behind-the-scenes details about her adventures researching and writing the two books. She also discusses her experiences sharing the books with students across the country.

Our final feature is a fun look back at the classic science fiction films of the 1950s. Considered by many the golden age of science fiction movies, the films produced during this decade also reveal the anxieties and perceptions of science that were prevalent in the time that followed World War II and propelled the world into the atomic age.

You’ll also find our monthly selection of books, media, and website reviews and our listings of upcoming science television programming. Other monthly features include our Read-Around-A-Theme for the month, which features a selection of books and other media to help learners of all ages learn more about a subject that is very appropriate for the spring season—seeds. Our Education@AAAS column introduces readers to Active Explorer, an innovative app that combines the mobility of a smartphone with the abilities of a computer to allow you to collect images, video, audio, notes, and other data and then go online to see what you’ve collected, study it, and use it to make posters, comics, slide shows, and more.

For more resources about science poetry, see Science Poetry for Kids.

Go to Spring Highlights for children's books that celebrate spring.

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