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Part 2: While Teaching About Nuclear Chemistry

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Activity 2A.1: Examining Examples

Global Climate Change

Brochures

Climate Change. The NEED Project. http://www.need.org/content.asp?contentid=84

Climate Change: NOAA National Weather Service. www.weather.gov/om/brochures/climate/Climatechange.pdf

Poster

Global Warming. RLM Arts. www.rlmarts.com/products/posters/health-environment/p820.html

Web-based computer game

Climate Challenge. www.bbc.co.uk/sn/hottopics/climatechange/climate_challenge/

Video

Climate Change (approximate length 2 minutes). www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO7OOzgdHfA

Note: A great many sources of information incorrectly explain the science behind the “Greenhouse Effect.” Looking at media about global climate change is a good opportunity to encourage your students to be critical consumers of information.

Activity 2B: Sources of Science Information

Examples of Science Sources for Class Discussion in Activity 2B

News articles

Irradiation could curb food illnesses. Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/11/nation/na-greens11

Promise Seen for Detection of Alzheimer’s. The New York Times. www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/health/research/24scans.html

Editorial, blog post, or other opinion pieces

The Food Irradiation Plot. Natural News. www.naturalnews.com/023015_food_foods_USDA.html

Going Nuclear: A Green Makes the Case. The New York Times. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/14/AR2006041401209.html

Don’t let politics drive a nuclear-waste decision. The Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/18/AR2010071802520.html

Information from a governmental, educational, or advocacy organization

Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  http://www.wagingpeace.org/issues/nuclear-weapons/

Radon. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. www.epa.gov/radon/

Recommended Online Information Sources for Student Projects

General Information Relevant to All Project Topics

Nuclear Physics. HyperPhysics. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nuccon.html

Biological Effects of Radiation. Nuclear Reactor Concepts Workshop Manual, U.S. NRC. www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/basic-ref/teachers/09.pdf

EPA Radiation Protection: Health Effects. www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/health_effects.html

Natural and Man-Made Radiation Sources. Nuclear Reactor Concepts Workshop Manual, U.S. NRC. www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/basic-ref/teachers/06.pdf

 

Category 1: Radiation in Everyday Life

Topic 1A: Irradiated foods

Irradiation of Food. The New York Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/irradiation_of_food/

Food Irradiation. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/foodirradiation.htm

Irradiated Food and Packaging. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/IrradiatedFoodPackaging/default.htm

Backgrounder: Food Irradiation. Food Marketing Institute. www.fmi.org/media/bg/foodirradiation.pdf

Irradiation could curb food illnesses. Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/11/nation/na-greens11

Topic 1B: Radon

Radon. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. www.epa.gov/radon/

Radon and Cancer: Questions and Answers. www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/radon

Effects of Exposure to Radon Gas. United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. www.unscear.org/docs/Radon-distrib.pdf

How Radon Works. HowStuffWorks. http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/tips/radon.htm

 

Category 2: Nuclear Energy

Topic 2A: Nuclear power plants

Nuclear Energy. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/nuclear-energy?8a

Going Nuclear: A Green Makes the Case. The Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/14/AR2006041401209.html

Nuclear Reaction: Why Do Americans Fear Nuclear Power? Frontline, WGBH Educational Foundation. www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/

Topic 2B: Cold fusion

New Cold Fusion Evidence Reignites Hot Debate. IEEE Spectrum. http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/nuclear/new-cold-fusion-evidence-reignites-hot-debate

A Tempest in a Test Tube, 10 Years Later. The New York Times. http://partners.nytimes.com/library/national/science/032399sci-cold-fusion.html?scp=3&sq=cold%20fusion&st=cse

Cold Fusion Is Hot Again. 60 Minutes. www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/04/17/60minutes/main4952167.shtml

  

Category 3: Scientific and Medical Applications

Topic 3A: Radioactive dating

Mystery of the First Americans: The Dating Game. Nova. www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/first/radiocarbon.html

Carbon Dating. The New York Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/news/science/topics/carbon_dating/

Radioactive Dating. Hyperphysics. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nuclear/raddat.html

Topic 3B: Radiation therapy for cancer

Radiation Therapy for Cancer. National Cancer Institute. www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/radiation

Radiation Therapy. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine. www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/radiation

Radiation Boom. The New York Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/us/series/radiation_boom/index.html

Topic 3C: Nuclear medicine

General Nuclear Medicine. RadiologyInfo.org. www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=gennuclear

Health Guide: Isotope Study. The New York Times. http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/test/isotope-study/overview.html

https://www.asrt.org/patients/learn-about-exams

PET scan. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003827.htm

Radiation Boom. The New York Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/us/series/radiation_boom/index.html

 

Category 4: Nuclear Legacy

Topic 4A: Nuclear weapons

Nuclear Weapons. The New York Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/atomic_weapons/index.html

Race for the Superbomb. American Experience. www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/index.html

Nuclear Weapons. USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Nuclear%20Weapons

Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. www.wagingpeace.org/menu/issues/nuclear-weapons/

Topic 4B: Long-term nuclear waste disposal

Nuclear Waste. The New York Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/n/nuclear_wastes

Yucca Mountain. The New York Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/national/usstatesterritoriesandpossessions/nevada/yucca-mountain

Don’t let politics drive a nuclear-waste decision. The Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/18/AR2010071802520.html

Half-Life: The Lethal Legacy of America’s Nuclear Waste. National Geographic. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/static-legacy/ngm/0207/feature1/index.html

Nuclear Waste Disposal. Nuclear Energy Institute. www.nei.org/keyissues/nuclearwastedisposal/