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July 2010

By: Cynthia | July 28 2010 | Category: NIH Resources, Science News

cover image of curriculum supplementThe National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) K-12 educational resources

Turn on the television these days, and you’ll hear news about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the ongoing cleanup efforts. You'll hear about the toll on wildlife and ecosystems, and about the health concerns for emergency responders involved in the cleanup. Such disasters, though devastating, can provide an impetus for us to learn more about the web of life on Earth. Sharing these lessons with the nation’s youth may help to safeguard our future, and better protect the health of the environment and ourselves.

The NIEHS has a variety of educational resources for K-12 teachers to help students explore the relationship between the environment and human health. Materials include teacher guides, lesson plans by grade level that can be integrated into existing curriculum, fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations, and online activities for students. Through the NIH curriculum supplement, Chemicals, the Environment, and You:  Explorations in Science and Human Health, middle school students learn the basics of toxicology and explore the relationship between chemicals in the environment and human health.

Visit the NIEHS Gulf Oil Spill Response Efforts Web page for details on how NIEHS scientists are collaborating with others to protect and educate the public and to understand the health effects of exposure to cleanup workers and affected communities.



By: Debbie | July 1 2010 | Category: NIH Resources, Scientists in the Community

2010 Science in the Cinema PosterThe 2010 Science in the Cinema schedule is set, and it looks like a terrific lineup! This is the 17th year we’ve held this event in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Hosted by the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education (OSE), the six- week summer film and discussion series will again be held at the beautiful American Film Institute Theatre and Cultural CenterExternal Web Site Policy in Silver Spring, Maryland.

We show all our films with captions or English subtitles and provide American Sign Language interpreters and real-time captioning for the postfilm discussions.

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Are free! We expect a full house each evening and cannot guarantee tickets in advance. You may pick up tickets (up to four per person) at the AFI Silver Theatre Box Office beginning at 4:00 p.m. the day of show only.

The program starts at 7:00 p.m. After a brief introduction to the film, we show it in its entirety. Right after the screening, a guest speaker comments on the health and medical aspects of the film as well as its accuracy. The speaker then fields questions from the audience.

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