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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 22, 2007

Join teachers and students for hands-on environmental science
during Society of Toxicology’s annual meeting in Charlotte

Media representatives are invited to attend activities and workshops on Friday (March 23) and Tuesday (March 27) that offer interesting and engaging ways of teaching environmental science to students during the Society of Toxicology’s annual meeting in Charlotte. Earth and environmental science is one of three science requirements for North Carolina’s high school teachers.

Middle school and high school teachers from Alamance/Burlington, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell-Statesville, Orange, Randolph, Transylvania, Wake, and Wayne county schools will participate in the workshops.

The workshops will be presented by two of UNC-Chapel Hill’s education programs: the Destiny traveling science learning program and the Community Outreach and Education Core of the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. Both workshops will address content on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Hands-on activities with middle school students

Friday, March 23
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Connecting the Environment and Health – Middle School Student Activity Program
Cochrane Middle School
6200 Starhaven Drive, Charlotte

Friday, March 23
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Connecting the Environment and Health – Middle School Student Activity Program
Piedmont Open Middle School
1241 East 10th Street, Charlotte
 
Forty middle school students will learn about the sources of lead that exist in their everyday lives and how air pollution can harm human health.  Activities include discussing current research findings on outdoor air pollution and constructing model lungs. Educators from the Community Outreach and Education Core (COEC) of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, the North Carolina Office of Environmental Education and the UNC-Charlotte Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education will lead a variety of activities that address environmental health issues.

Teacher workshops

Tuesday, March 27
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Society of Toxicology’s 46th Annual Meeting (March 25-29)
Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street, Charlotte
Workshop will begin in rooms 201A and 204
Forty high school teachers will attend “The State We're In: Science, Citizenship, and the Effects of Environmental Toxins in North Carolina,” presented by UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program. Teachers will use the workshop to increase student understanding of environmental toxins and show how scientific data can be used to create environmental legislation.

Tuesday, March 27
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Society of Toxicology’s 46th Annual Meeting (March 25-29)
Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street, Charlotte
Workshop will begin in room 205
Nineteen middle school teachers will attend “Connecting Health and the Environment: Lead, Asthma and Managing Risks,” presented by the Community Outreach and Education Core of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, the NC Office of Environmental Education and the UNC-Charlotte Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. Teachers will use the workshop to increase student understanding of environmental health risks, toxicology and the relationship between scientific data and human judgement.

During the day, annual meeting attendees will also be able to board one of Destiny’s traveling laboratories, which will be parked on the exhibit floor.

The Destiny traveling science learning program is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s formal science education initiative serving pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina. Destiny develops and delivers a standards-based, hands-on curriculum and teacher professional development with a team of educators and a fleet of vehicles that travel throughout the state. “The State We’re In” is Destiny’s newest curriculum module, and it was developed with support from the Science Education Partnership Award Program.

The Community Outreach and Education Core (COEC) of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility translates Center research into knowledge that can be used to improve public health and educates the public about how individual and group susceptibilities interact with environmental and occupational factors to cause disease.
The Society of Toxicology, founded in 1961, is a professional organization of 5,800 scientists working in academic institutions, government and industry worldwide. Their annual meeting attracts as many as 6,000 professionals from fields including human medicine, biotechnology, carcinogenesis, epidemiology and public health. 

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Note: Reporters will need to present press credentials at registration to access the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Destiny contact: Claire Bury, (919) 923-1815 (on-site number for “The State We’re In” teacher workshop on Tuesday) or bury@unc.edu

Community Outreach and Education Core contact: Neasha Bryant, (919) 389-5531 (on-site number for middle school workshops on Friday and “Connecting Health and the Environment” teacher workshop on Tuesday) or nmbryant@email.unc.edu