NIH Teaching Units, Cherished in Schools, May Be Shredded

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Since 1994, NIH's Office of Science Education has created lessons covering 19 topics incorporating the latest biomedical discoveries. Designed to appeal to middle and high school students, there's a neurobiology unit that focuses on addiction, for example, and an exploration of biological rhythms that discusses sleep disorders. Over the years, NIH has given away more than 450,000 copies of the supplements, and some 200,000 units are stored in an NIH warehouse off campus. But the material could wind up in the trash this fall as part of a government-wide reorganization of federal STEM education programs.

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