March 7, 2001
WSGC Newsletter for Educators
The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's electronic newsletter for teachers provides curriculum ideas, Internet links and other resources to help you better meet the Washington EALRs and the National Science Education Standards.TABLE OF CONTENTS
-- ASTRONAUT/MD SPEAKING AT UW
-- HUMAN GENOME GATEWAY OPENS
-- EXPLORE DNA AT THE HUTCH (9-12)
-- SPACE DAY POSTERS AVAILABLE AGAIN (1-12)
Dafydd "Dave" Rhys Williams, M.D. -- astronaut and director of Space and Life Sciences at Johnson Space Center will speak at 4 p.m. March 29 in Room A118 of Physics/Astronomy Building at the University of Washington.
Williams holds a master's degree in physiology and a doctorate in medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was selected as an astronaut by the Canadian Space Agency in June 1992 and was named to NASA's astronaut class three years later. In 1998, he flew as a crewmember on the 16-day STS-90 Neurolab mission, serving as an experiment operator and subject for more than 26 separate life sciences investigations focusing on how the nervous system adapts to microgravity.
His clinical research in emergency medicine includes studies evaluating the initial training and skill retention of cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills, patient survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, early identification of trauma patients at high risk.
He was recently appointed assistant professor of surgery at McGill and is participating in clinical activities at St. Mary's Hospital and at the Montreal General Hospital. For additional information about Williams, or any astronaut, see the NASA Internet biography home page at:
Nature magazine has posted online a special genome section offering free and unrestricted access to all its genome-related material including analysis, news stories and special links.
There is also access to an interactive educator kit, and a limited number of CD versions of the kit are also available through the site. For more information, go to
HutchLab, an extension of the Science Education Partnership program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, currently offers a series of one-day field trips covering specific topics relevant to biomedical research. Available to teachers and a group of up to 20 students, these field trips immerse students in an investigative research environment, and allow them hands-on experience with state of the art equipment.
Openings are still available in March, April and May. There are no fees or charges to attend the field trips. For more information, contact Caren Brinkema, program manager, at (206) 667-4482 or check out the Web site at
Free Space Day 2001 posters are again available on a first-come, first-serve basis from the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center.
Posters for the May 3 event include several student activities on the back. In your request, be sure to give your name, address, school name and grade(s) you teach. To request a copy of the poster, call (206) 543-1943, or e-mail
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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