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Does Science Make a Difference?

A look at the changing role of science and its impact on society

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The extensive archives of Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee, a popular weekly Internet-based electronic media program that explores complex issues of health care policy and public health, have been made available to Access Excellence. The topics and materials selected by AE's editors address National Science Education Standards and/or National Health Education Standards, are included in middle and high school science and health curricula, and are of particular relevance to middle and high school teachers and learners.

Does Science Make a Difference? (2/4/2004)

Presentation transcript

Questions answered by this presentation:

  1. What environmental factors have lead to the separation between science and society in recent years?
  2. What are some of the contributions science has made to mankind during the last century?
  3. What issues of concern have been raised by science in recent years?
  4. How does the public rate the prestige of being a scientist?
  5. What major challenges and opportunities are ahead for science and scientists?

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