January 27 - February 2 is National Drug Facts Week.
This week-long observance will bring together teens and scientific experts in community events across the country to discuss scientific facts about drug abuse.
It is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health.
This week-long observance is designed to counteract the many drug abuse myths that bombard today’s youth, and encourages community-based
question and answer sessions between teens and scientists.
LifeScience Moment: Dr. Jonas Salk received gold medal from President Dwight Eisenhower, designating him "a benefactor of mankind.""
On January 27, 1956, Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the Polio vaccine released in 1955, received a special gold medal from President Dwight
Eisenhower designating him "a benefactor of mankind."
The polio vaccine was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh and announced on April 12, 1955 exactly 10 years after
the death of President Roosevelt, a victim of polio.
In 1957, in an effort to improve upon the killed Salk vaccine, Albert Bruce Sabin began testing a live, oral form of vaccine
in which the infectious part of the virus was inactivated (attenuated). This vaccine became available for use in 1963.
It's a Small World
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (Photo Credit: Frederick Murphy & Sylvia Whitfield)
"We now know that every particle has an antiparticle, with which it can annihilate. There could be whole antiworlds and antipeople made out of antiparticles. However, if you meet your antiself, don't shake hands! You would both vanish in a great flash of light."
Stephen Hawking, Physicist