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About the National Institutes of Health

Founded in 1887, NIH is the federal focal point for health research in the United States. Today, NIH is one of the agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. NIH works toward meeting the mission by providing leadership, direction, and grant support to programs designed to improve the health of the nation through research.

NIH’s education programs contribute to ensuring the continued supply of well-trained basic research and clinical investigators, as well as the myriad professionals in the many allied disciplines who support the research enterprise. These efforts also help educate people about scientific results so that they can make informed decisions about their own—and the public’s—health.

This curriculum supplement is one such education effort. It is a collaboration between NIH and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study.

For more about NIH, visit http://www.nih.gov.

About Biological Sciences Curriculum Study

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, BSCS was founded in 1958 as a curriculum study committed to an evidence- and inquiry-based approach to science education. BSCS instructional materials and professional development services are based on current research about teaching and learning for all science classrooms, kindergarten through college.

BSCS’s materials are extensively field-tested in diverse settings across the country and evaluated for proven effectiveness. The BSCS 5E Instructional Model and inquiry are hallmarks of its materials, placing students at the center of their learning.

The BSCS mission is to transform science teaching and learning through research and development that strengthens learning environments and inspires a global community of scientifically literate citizens. BSCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

For more information, please visit http://www.bscs.org.