Look into this one, everyone: the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), another attempt to coordinate efforts to improve public outreach and science education. They have some worthy goals:
- Building the COPUS network – Underpinning the COPUS effort is a growing network of organizations and individuals who share a common goal: engaging sectors of the public in science and increasing their appreciation and understanding of the scientific enterprise. Find out more about participating in the COPUS Network.
- Developing state-level benchmark science-indicator reports on the importance of science to the U.S. economy and standard-of-living
- Supporting a national effort to promote the public understanding of science in a year-long celebration: Year of Science 2009 (also available: Year of Science 2009 fact sheet [PDF])
- Integrating efforts with the Understanding Science website project currently under development at the University of California, Berkeley
If you’re involved with any kind of scientific outreach organization, register with them — they’ve got a long list of science groups. I particularly like the fact that they’re herding together a grassroots effort to celebrate a Year of Science in 2009, the Darwin bicentennial year, since there doesn’t seem to be any national leadership on the issue otherwise.