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The emotional and practical problems faced by teenagers in foster care are probed in firsthand stories and other contributions from youths in the system in a new magazine, Foster Care Youth United.

Published every other month by Youth Communication, a nonprofit corporation in New York City that publishes two other journals written for and by young people, the magazine includes legal advice and youth-shelter listings. Meant primarily as a vehicle for teenagers in group homes and foster families to speak to one another, the magazine also can offer teachers and counselors insights into these students' lives, according to Youth Communication's executive director, Keith Hefner.

Subscriptions are sent free to those who work or live in foster care if they meet one requirement: contributing a story idea for a future issue. Further information is available from the editor, Al Desetta, at Youth Communication/New York, 144 West 27th St., 8R, New York, N.Y. 10001; (212) 242-3270.

A Pennsylvania biotechnology association has created a journal to promote biology-related science education in middle schools.

Your World/Our World is published twice a year by the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, whose members come from universities, pharmaceutical companies, and medical institutes.

The magazine, now being sent to selected schools in Pennsylvania and four other states, offers suggestions for classroom experiments and articles on such topics as agricultural planning and DNA testing.

Individual copies are available for $1 each; for classroom subscriptions, write or call Jeff Davidson, Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, 1524 West College Ave., Suite 206, State College, Pa. 16801; (814) 238-4080.

A Vermont group is publishing "a professional resource catalogue'' featuring hard-to-find books and videos on innovative teaching approaches in elementary and secondary education.

Great Ideas In Education, which made its debut this fall, is put out by the Resource Center for Redesigning Education, a private Vermont institute founded last spring by teachers and academicians as a means of promoting learner-centered, "holistic'' education. In addition to producing the catalogue, the group will sponsor workshops, retreats, and conferences.

Great Ideas in Education is available free from the Resource Center for Redesigning Education, P.O. Box 298, Brandon, Vt. 05733-0298; (800) 639-4122.--S.K.G.

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