NIH News Advisory
Office of the Director

Office of Science Education

Friday, July 19, 2002
Dr. David Vannier
(301) 496-8741

The NIH Releases New Curriculum Supplements with Findings on
the Brain, Environmental Health, and Oral Health

Bethesda, Maryland — The National Institutes of Health is releasing three new curriculum supplements to bring the latest findings on the brain, environmental health, and oral health to students across the nation. The state-of-the-art instructional materials are part of an ongoing project that promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning in kindergarten through grade 12. The NIH, the Federal focal point for medical research in the U.S., is distributing the modules to teachers free-of-charge to promote scientific literacy and student interest in the sciences.

The new curricula (listed below) are aligned with the National Science Education Standards released by the National Academy of Sciences. Each supplement comes with an interactive CD-ROM.

The modules are the result of a cooperative effort among teachers, scientists, and curriculum developers. A team of teachers from across the country, top scientists from the NIH, and curriculum developers from Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Videodiscovery, Inc. of Seattle, WA, created the modules. Teachers and students across the country field-tested the supplements.

According to Marjorie King, K-12 science consultant at Jefferson Parish Public School System, La., "The NIH supplements help bridge the gap between the classroom and the scientific world. They are very, very good."

Three earlier curriculum supplements, designed for use in high school classrooms, are Cell Biology and Cancer, Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, and Human Genetic Variation. Each is available on the NIH Office of Science Education Web site. Additional supplements are planned each year. For more online information, visit

For more information or review copies, contact: Dr. David Vannier, Professional Development Coordinator, OSE, NIH 6705 Rockledge Dr, RM 700, Bethesda, MD 20892-7984 TEL: 301-496-8741; FAX: 301-301-402-3034, E-MAIL:

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