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NLM Education Connection

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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The National Library of Medicine K-12 team is part of the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Outreach to Special Populations Branch (SIS). Teachers and students have been identified as a special population group that can benefit from the science and health information and resources which NLM provides.

In addition to the many online resources which may be accessed through the National Library of Medicine’s website, educators may be interested in an electronic newsletter produced monthly entitled, “NLM Education Connection.” Subscription to the newsletter is available via: https://LIST.NIH.GOV/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=K12NLMRESOURCES&A=1 .

 

This month’s features include:

  • Toxicology Resources for the Classroom
  • Health Observances: National Nutrition Month
  • Desalination Video that Wows!

Additional resources for I-12 teachers and students may be found at: http://k12.nlm.nih.gov/ .

 

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for Native Voices

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Native Voices ExhibitionThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Web site. 

 For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The activities and lesson plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/resources/lesson-plans-list.html.    

 The activities and lesson plans use Native Voices exhibition Web site content material and other NLM online educational/science resources., composed of four units.  Each unit introduces a different way of exploring and learning about the Native Voices exhibition in about 1.5 to 3 hours.  These units are: 1) A scavenger hunt, 2) An environmental health science lesson, 3) A social science lesson, and 4) A biology lesson.

 While the activities and lesson plans can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms.

About the Native Voices Web site

The Native Voices Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices) allows people to experience an exhibition currently on display at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland.  Both versions explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media.

For more about K -12 Resources from the National Library of Medicine, this month’s SCR CONNECTions featured an overview of this and other databases and online exhibitions which include classroom materials. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html#Archives for a recording of the session and presentation material.

Join Us for SCR CONNECTions Tomorrow on NLM K-12 Resources

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

bigstock-Cute-young-student-using-a-tab-23409365 Join us February 19, 2014 for the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar.

Wednesday, February 19th from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)

Presenter: Cheryl Rowan, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region

Topic: Off the Shelf: Free Classroom Resources from the National Library of Medicine”

This month’s webinar will highlight some of the free NLM resources which include materials designed to introduce, reinforce, and supplement K-12 curricula. Resources covered will include: NLM Online Exhibitions, ToxMystery, ToxTown, GeneED, Genetics Home Reference, and others.

 How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/,  on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

Project Spotlight: Environmental Health Student Portal

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Guest author: David Duggar, MLIS, Reference Librarian and Will Olmstadt, MSLS, MPH, Associate Director, LSU Health Shreveport, Health Sciences Library

David Duggar Presents at a ConferenceIn 2011 the National Library of Medicine debuted the  The Environmental Health Student Portal.

In May 2012 the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport Library (LSUHSC-S) received an Express Outreach Award to promote the Environmental Health Student Portal (EHSP) through the Caddo Parish public school science teachers and librarians. Caddo Parish had 23 public schools covering 7th grade life science, high school biology, or environmental science. Working with the District Science Supervisors and the Supervisor of Libraries for Caddo Parish Schools, 22 science teachers and librarians from 15 middle and high schools received in-service training during the June 18-19 Explore the Common Core Mini-Conference. The new portal’s purpose was displayed on the homepage, Connecting Middle School Students to Environmental Health Information, and the site defined environmental health as the interrelationship between human health and the environment, either natural or manmade. The online reliable environmental health information resources and career information would assist in meeting the new common core objectives coming to Louisiana.

Attendees were encouraged to work as a team (teacher and librarian together) to create a classroom program that would use the EHSP, and submit it for a one-hour share-a-thon presentation at the November 2012 Joint Louisiana Science Teachers Association – Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LSTA-LATM) Conference. Registration for teachers was paid for the meeting and presenters would have a chance to receive an iPad for their classroom or library. One school participated in the team classroom project for the fall conference and another school requested to conduct the team classroom project in the spring semester.

David and Charles at an exhibit booth

The LSUHSC-S librarians exhibited the EHSP over 15.5 hours at the November 12-14 Joint LSTA-LATM Conference talking to educators from a minimum of 14 parishes in Louisiana. The one-hour presentation on the EHSP was given on the 14th.

A surprise outcome from exhibiting was the request from the members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to come to the February 22-23, 2013 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium in Baton Rouge to present and exhibit on the portal, specifically mentioning ToxTown.  The LSUHSC-S Librarians exhibited the EHSP over 8 hours during the two days and talked to environmental health and science educators from a minimum of 12 parishes. On the 23rd a one hour presentation was given incorporating all of the information and materials from the share-a-thon presentation.

The last planned method of promoting the Environmental Health Student Portal was the creation of metric rulers at the request of the District Science Supervisors inscribed with the name and URL of the portal. These were given to educators for use in their classrooms at all of these activities during the 2012-2013 year.

LSUHSC-S Librarians have been asked to continue to exhibit at future LSTA Conferences and Environmental Education Symposia.

Tox Town Adds a Funeral Home to the City

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A blow-up of the section of Tox Town's City that has the Funeral HomeIn Tox Town’s City Scene http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/flash/city/flash.php you can now find a Funeral Home among the businesses.

Funeral home employees are exposed to a number of health and safety concerns. Go directly to the new location page to learn about possible employee exposure to various chemicals, including formaldehye, solvents and bloodborne pathogens:  http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/locations.php?id=145

En español: Funeraria http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/locations.php?id=146

NLM Launches Environmental Health Student Portal

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Specialized Information Services Division announces the launch of the Environmental Health Student Portal (http://www.kidsenvirohealth.nlm.nih.gov). This web site introduces middle school students to environmental health science within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards. This newest edition to the family of NLM resources for students is a free web site that contains links to government and other reviewed and selected sites and provides a safe and reliable environment for teachers and students to study the following topics and their impact on health:
•    water pollution
•    climate change
•    chemicals
•    air pollution (coming soon)

Image of Student Portal

Middle school teachers from school systems in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the District of Columbia participated in focus groups to determine the need for an environmental health site, the content, including topics and sub-topics covered, and ways in which they can incorporate the use of the web site into their classrooms. Topics and subtopics highlighted on the web site come directly from the data collected during this research. The Environmental Health Student Portal allows students to conduct research, play games related to environmental health, locate science fair projects, and view videos. Teachers can use the site to locate links to relevant content and lesson plans from resources like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

New Bisphenol A Page on Tox Town

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Tox Town, the National Library of Medicine interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, has released a Bisphenol A (BPA)  page: http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=69 .
Information is provided on where and how one might be exposed to BPA in the environment and how exposure can affect one’s health.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make lightweight, hard plastics and epoxy resins, and can be found in food and drink packaging, water bottles, and baby bottles. BPA can leach into food and beverages that are stored in these consumer products. More research is needed to determine how these findings affect human health. The summary can also be found in Spanish at http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/chemicals.php?id=70 .

NLM Releases Nanoparticles Page on Tox Town

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Tox Town, the National Library of Medicine interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, has released a Nanoparticles page.
http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=67

This resource provides a brief summary of nanotechnology and has links to additional resources.

The summary can also be found in Spanish at Nanopartículas http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/chemicals.php?id=68.

Nanotechnology uses matter at sizes between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers. Nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and working with matter at this scale. Nanomaterials have unique optical, electrical, and magnetic properties. The small size of these materials makes them promising and challenging to work with. However, their characteristics may be different from those of larger particles with the same chemical composition.

There is concern about the interaction of nanoparticles with human health and their effects on the environment. The risk of pollution from nanoparticles and associated health problems to those involved in manufacturing these materials as well as to consumers using these products is unknown.

“Ready Classroom” Teaches Emergency Preparedness Nationwide

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Although first announced in April of this year, this resource bears mentioning again at the beginning of a new school year and the approach of National Preparedness Month.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Ad Council have joined with Discovery Education to announce Ready Classroom, an online educational program. Ready Classroom will provide elementary and middle school teachers with resources to integrate natural disaster preparedness information into their curriculum. The program is an extension of Ready Kids, a nationwide effort designed to encourage children and families to take action and prepare for emergencies.

This online resource, www.discoveryeducation.com/readyclassroom, targets grades K – 8 and provides teachers with activities, lesson plans and multimedia tools that teach students how natural disasters develop and inspires them to build their own emergency preparedness plans with their families. The complete news release can be found at http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=47960 .

The American Public Health Association urges all Americans to “Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved.” National Get Ready Day is September 15, 2009, to coincide with National Preparedness Month.

New NLM History of Medicine Banner Exhibition

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Exhibition Program is accepting requests to host a new banner exhibition scheduled to be available October 4 2009.

The title is Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wallpaper. In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

As with other banner exhibitions, NLM is asking host libraries to cover incoming Federal Express expenses, which usually run a couple of hundred dollars. The booking period is 6 weeks. The online exhibition will feature K-12 lesson plans and a higher education module and will be available after Labor Day.

For more information see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/travelingexhibitions/literature.html

Questions may be directed to Jill Newmark, Exhibition Registrar in the NLM History of Medicine Division: newmarj@mail.nlm.nih.gov