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September 2010

By: Gina | September 24 2010 | Category: Issues in Education

Postdoc in labEver wonder what it takes to manage your own research lab at the National Institutes of Health or a university?  Well as you might expect, you have to go to school for quite a while.  After you finish college you need to go to medical school to get doctorate of medicine (M.D.) or graduate school to get a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree.  So now you’re ready, right?  Not so fast.  Most people go on to work as post-doctoral fellows (postdocs) for 2-6 years before they get the chance to run their own lab. 

Postdocs, and there are approximately 89,000 of them involved in research at the NIH and in laboratories throughout the United States, are highly skilled workers.  They pursue basic, clinical or translational research and are responsible for many major advances in biomedical research and other sciences.  Being a postdoc is hard work but when you are doing work that you love with others who are just as fascinated by science it can be fun too.

Let’s salute the hard work and dedication of postdocs today on National Postdoc Appreciation Day 

Visit the National Postdoctoral Association Web site External Web Site Policy.  

 (National Science Foundation, Science and Engineering Indicators 2008)
By: Cynthia | September 7 2010 | Category: NIH Resources, Tidbits for Teachers

boy getting flu shotThe flu season is nearly upon us, and schools across the nation are just getting back in session. It seems like a perfect time to use the seasonal flu as a focus for understanding basic health and science concepts. Consider the questions classrooms can explore:  Where do flu viruses hang out? If you get the flu, how long are you contagious? Why do some people get the flu and others do not? What is the difference between bacteria and viruses? Can you get the flu from the vaccine? Why do some people get the flu even though they got the vaccine?

Students can find answers to these questions and much more at, a Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At the site you can
  • learn basic facts about seasonal flu
  • find out what to expect for the upcoming 2010-11 season
  • get clear on common misconceptions about the flu
  • track the flu across the United States (the new season tracking starts October 15)
  • watch videos on flu-related topics like vaccine safety
  • explore school resources and checklists for pandemic flu planning
Also check out the activity-rich Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases curriculum supplement for grades 9 – 12. The “Protecting the Herd” activity is a fun way to discover the value of vaccination programs. The unit includes a teachers guide and was developed by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
By: Debbie | September 1 2010 | Category: NIH Resources, Tidbits for Teachers

SciLife 2010 PosterIf you are a student, educator, parent or guardian in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, then listen up!  Registration for the 2010 SciLife program starts today.

What is SciLife?

SciLife consists of a variety of workshops designed to help students prepare for college and a successful career in science. High school students, parents, and educators, may attend this free, informational, fun-filled event, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Education (OSE) and leaders in science education. This program is intended for 9th through 12th grade students.

  • Get inside information and advice from area leaders in the health and biomedical fields
  • Explore career options in the health and biomedical sciences
  • Get free lunch and college planning and organizational tools
  • Find out which high school classes can improve your options at college entry
  • Learn how to finance an education

When is SciLife?

Date: October 16th, 2010
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where will SciLife be held?

L'Enfant Plaza Hotel External Web Site Policy
480 L'Enfant Plaza Southwest
Washington, DC 20024-2253

How do I register for SciLife?

To register, visit the SciLife Web Site
Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must register. Walk-ins not permitted on the day of the event.
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