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October 2011


By: Debbie | October 28 2011 | Category: Issues in Education, NIH Resources, Science Lite, Science News, Tidbits for Teachers


National Drug Facts Week LogoToday, I'm joining teens, parents, teachers, and scientists across America to kick off National Drug Facts Week by offering up my own shoutout for educating teens about drug abuse.

Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Drug Facts Week is an official health observance designed to shatter the myths and spread the facts about drug abuse and addiction.

Add your voice today and post your own drug abuse shoutout on your blog, Facebook profile, Twitter account—or wherever you see fit. When you choose to speak, you choose to act.

Events Across America
 
Teens, parents, teachers, scientists, and others are marking the occasion in communities all over the country, from Douglas, Alaska, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Unique events like scavenger hunts, poster campaigns, Halloween “Fright Nights” with giveaways, carnivals, and substance-free parties encourage teens to have meaningful conversations about drugs and addiction.
 
Learn more about today's "CyberShoutout" in support of National Drug Facts Week by checking NIDA's Sara Bellum Blog, which will be posting updates all day and recognizing the voices of those who participate—Yours could be one of them!
By: Debbie | October 19 2011 | Category: NIH Resources, Science News, Scientists in the Community


Image of SciLife poster and photo of the October 15, 2011, event.About 200 high school students, parents, and educators from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area recently attended SciLife®: The College Experience at Trinity Washington University. SciLife® is a free annual event sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education. SciLife® is modeled after the highly successful Biomedical Science Careers Program, founded in 1991 by Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School.

Those who attended the October 15 SciLife® program participated in a variety of workshops where they received information and advice that will help them prepare for college—especially for careers in the health and biomedical sciences. During the morning, students and parents learned about the college application process and how to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college. Afternoon workshops included panels of college students and professors who helped students understand the realities of college life and what will be expected of them once they make the transition to college.

As with past SciLife® programs, attendees thought that the event provided an invaluable experience for students and their parents and that the information provided helped to inform and prepare students as they pursue their education beyond high school.
Visit the SciLife® Web site to stay informed about next year’s college and career planning event.
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