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Welcome to the thirteenth issue of Science in School

Health and disease are themes that run through this issue of Science in School. In our feature article, Alan Leshner describes his varied career, including his involvement in a major campaign to show that schizophrenia is a brain disease and not a result of environment. In contrast to this concern with the public awareness of mental illness, Sabine Hentze deals with illness on a personal scale – counselling patients and families affected by genetic diseases.

Science on Stage: heading for a country near you


How better to inspire thousands of schoolchildren across Europe than by motivating and educating their teachers? As Eleanor Hayes explains, that is the idea behind Science on Stage – a network of local, national and international events for teachers.

The intracellular environment: not so muddy waters

Giuseppe Zaccai from the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, describes how he and his co-workers have uncovered a way to explore water dynamics in the cell interior using neutron scattering and isotope labelling.

Why is science important? website

By Alom Shaha

Reviewed by Christine Rüth, European Fusion Development Agreement, Germany

Alan Leshner: at the interface of science and society

Dr Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the renowned Science magazine, tells Marlene Rau and Sonia Furtado about his varied career and shares his views on science education issues.

Nouvelles approches pour systèmes anciens: entretien avec Leroy Hood

Leroy Hood, dans un entretien avec Marlene Rau, Anna-Lynn Wegener et Sonia Furtado raconte son engagement de longue date pour les méthodes innovantes d’enseignement des sciences, et comment il devint connu comme le père de la biologie des systèmes.

Nach Genen fischen: DNA Mikroarrays in der Schule

Anastasios Koutsos, Alexandra Manaia, und Julia Willingale-Theune bringen eine ausgeklügelte molekularbiologische Technik in das Klassenzimmer.

Fisica: una scatola nera?

Ľudmila Onderová dell'Università PJ Šafárik di Košice (Slovacchia), ci illustra l'utilizzo in classe di “scatole nere” per l'insegnamento della fisica.

La Stazione Spaziale Internazionale: un appoggio nello spazio

Nel primo di due articoli, Shamim Hartevelt-Velani e Carl Walker della Agenzia Spaziale Europea ci fanno fare un giro per la Stazione Spaziale Europea.

Die Internationale Raumstation: im Weltraum Fuß gefasst

Im ersten von zwei Artikeln nehmen uns Shamim Hartevelt-Velani und Carl Walker von der Europäischen Raumfahrtbehörde mit auf eine Reise zur Internationalen Raumstation.

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