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A Message from the Editor
Welcome to Snapshots of Science and Medicine. Snapshots is a creation of the Office of Science Education of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. The effort is funded by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health.

Today, biological science--both basic research and clinical application--is booming like never before. And with so much happening in biology and medicine, science students and teachers need a vehicle for bringing the world of biological research into their science classrooms. We created Snapshots to be that vehicle.


How Snapshots Works
Snapshots is available through the Internet at no charge. We hope to go to two issue per year soon. The idea is to provide an easily-understood overview of a single area of research, combined with a package of materials to help integrate Snapshots smoothly into the classroom.

Every issue has four professionally-written articles, namely:

  • Research in the News: A summary of the latest laboratory results pertaining to the featured topic, with a discussion of what they mean and why they are important.
  • Stories of Discovery: A brief history of the scientific advances that have brought the field to its current state.
  • People Doing Science: One or two short profiles of researchers and other professionals involved in the featured research.
  • Social Impact: A bioethics exercise, providing an opportunity to work through an ethical, legal, or social issue the featured research raises.

The teacher's guide has:

  • A classroom activity, complete with an illustrated student handout and guide for the teacher, that will help students understand the science behind the research.
  • A guide to the Social Impact section, which lets students explore the ethical, legal, or social implications of the featured research.
  • Diagrams drawn by a medical illustrator to use with the activities.
  • Lesson plans and strategies for using Snapshots in the classroom.

Printing Snapshots for the Classroom
The core articles from each issue of Snapshots are availble in an extremely “print-friendly” magazine-style layout. Just go to the “Print This Issue” page and follow the instructions.

Karen Hopkin, Ph.D., (Xenotransplantation and DNA Chips Stories of Discovery) is a regular contributor to Science, Scientific American, New Scientist and other magazines. She recently jumped out of an airplane, for reasons that remain mysterious (Fortunately, she had the good sense to wear a parachute). 

Bruce Agnew ("Using Animal Organs...," "Suzanne Ildstad: Facilitationg Xenotransplants," and "Animal Parts?") is a Washington, D.C.,-based writer and editor who has covered national politics, business, and science for more than thirty years. His article "Will We Be One Nation, Indivisible?" appeared in the September, 1999, issue of Scientific American Presents.

Ivan Amato (“DNA Chips...”) is now the physics editor at Science News. He is the author of “Stuff,” the best book you will ever read about materials science.

Ronee Yashon, J.D. (“Social Impact: DNA Dragnets”) teaches Genetics, Ethics, and the Law at Tufts University, and is the author of “Case Studies in Bioethics,” from which the Social Impact Decision Form was adapted.

Fred Sculco (Activities for Xenotransplantation and DNA Chips) holds the Morrison Chair in Science at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., where he chaired the science department for 20 years. Last year he was a Wright Fellow iin Science Education at Tufts University.

Richard Currey (Tracy Gunrud: Cow Cell Engineer) writes on health and medicine from Silver Spring, Maryland. He is trained as a Physician's Assistant. He is the author of Medicine For Sale, published by Grand Rounds Press, as well as several novels.

Robert Taylor, Ph.D., (Viruses Pose Problems) is the Editor of Snapshots of Science & Medicine.