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Daniel Bovet born (1907)
Daniel Blovet (1907 – 1992) was a Swiss-born Italian pharmacologist who was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the invention of drugs that block the actions of specific neurotransmitters.  His work lead the way in the development of sulfa drugs to treat infections and muscle relaxants.   He also discovered the antihistamine drugs that are used widely as allergy medications.

Wernher von Braun born (1912)
Wernher von Braun (1912 – 1977) was a German-American physicist who lead the development of modern rocketry.  As a child he became interested in space travel after reading the science fiction novels of  Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.  During World War II, he developed the V–2 ballistic missile for Germany. As the war ended, von Braun arranged the surrender of German rocket scientists and he immigrated to the United States with many of his designs, plans, and test vehicles.  He lead the design and development of the Saturn rockets that were used to take men to the moon.

Celebrating Solar Week March 21 – 25, 2011
Celebrating the Sun-Earth connection in the Classroom

The theme for Wednesday March 23 is The Active Sun.
The Active Sun topic, game and activities are designed to introduce your students to the various ways in which the Sun is active. This includes a number of movies of explosions on the Sun such as solar flares and large eruptions like coronal mass ejections. Much emphasis is given to how these solar storms can impact the Earth.  The activity includes some measurement of images which enables them to calculate the speed of a coronal mass ejection as it leaves the Sun.  Today’s game is a pattern recognition game using images relevant to the topic of solar activity. Please make sure you familiarize yourself and your students with the valid sequences which are shown on a separate crib sheet. The game does not identify the sequences for you. This was a deliberate choice to encourage some thinking about what one of our sequences mean in terms of what is happening on the sun. Each valid sequence mimics a sequence of events on the sun during a solar storm. (description of activity from www.solarweek.org)

Poison Prevention Week: March 20 – 26, 2011

Poison Proof Your Home
More than 90 percent of the time, poisonings happen in people’s homes. The majority of these poisonings occur in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. That is why it is important to follow simple steps to prevent a poisoning from happening at home.

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