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NLM Releases TOXinvaders, a Mobile Game about Chemistry, the Environment and Health

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine launches TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about its chemicals in order to unlock the next one. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology, either from the game’s chemical information sheet, or from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a departure point for classroom discussions, as well as Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

 

TOXinvaders Game

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program Launches TOXinvaders Game!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, the Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and to earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

For more information, visit the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services Environmental Health & Toxicology page.

The NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) maintains a comprehensive website that provides access to resources produced by it and by other government agencies and organizations. This site includes links to databases, bibliographies, tutorials, and other scientific and consumer-oriented resources. TEHIP is also responsible for the Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET), an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health databases that are available free of charge on the web.

Michael Honch
Outreach Intern
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Desk: 301.443-7635
michael.honch@nih.gov

ToxLearn by NLM

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) ToxLearn, Module II: Cells and Tissues: Injury and Repair (http://toxlearn.nlm.nih.gov/Module2.htm), is now available. It offers an introduction to biological molecules, cells, tissues, and organs and to how they might be affected by toxicants. It also explains principles of cell damage and tissue repair and reviews physiological and morphological changes.

Created in partnership with the Society of Toxicology (http://www.toxicology.org/), ToxLearn is a multi-module online learning tool that provides an introduction to basic principles of toxicology. It can be used as a supplementary curriculum to a first-level undergraduate toxicology course and can assist users in interpreting search retrieval from NLM’s TOXNET databases. (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov)

ToxLearn Module I: Introduction to Toxicology and Dose-Response, is available at http://toxlearn.nlm.nih.gov/Module1.htm

ToxLearn Modules 1 and 2 update some of the information in the earlier Tox Tutor (http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/toxtutor.html).

For more information, visit the NLM Specialized Information Services Environmental Health & Toxicology page.

The NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) maintains a comprehensive website that provides access to resources produced by it and by other government agencies and organizations. This site includes links to databases, bibliographies, tutorials, and other scientific and consumer-oriented resources. TEHIP is also responsible for the Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET), an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health databases that are available free of charge on the web.

Advanced PubMed® Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for a new online class, “Advanced PubMed Tips, Tricks, and Tools:  MeSH.”

Format:  This is a free 90-minute online class using Adobe Connect.  It is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Description: This class covers several advanced concepts in the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching via PubMed. Topics include annual updates to MeSH, the effective use of subheadings, free floating subheadings, and examples of commonly confused terms.

Experience Level: Intermediate; this course is intended for those with at least beginning knowledge of PubMed and MeSH.

When:  Choose from four upcoming dates in April and July 2015.

To register:  Visit http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=917 .  Class enrollment is limited, so register now!

Questions?  Contact the NTC trainers at ntc@utah.edu.

 

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