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On June 26th, President Clinton, leaders of the Human Genome project (HGP) and representatives of the biotechnology company Celera announced the completion of a "working draft" reference DNA sequence of the human genome. For up-to-date information about the Human Genome Project, visit the Department of Energy's Human Genome Project Information page or
For the latest EurekAlert!, a comprehensive Web site from AAAS about the latest research advances in science, medicine, health, and technology.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The federal government recently released the fifth edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, providing easily understood, science-based information on how Americans can choose diets that promote good health.

The new guidelines, announced by President Clinton in his weekly radio address, have been improved to be more consumer-friendly, to contain more specific scientific recommendations and to address the need for safe food handling to prevent illness.

Information about the initiative and educational fact sheets and other resources that can be downloaded are available at the Nutrition and Your Health website. 

Gates Millennium Scholars Program 

Over the next two decades, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program will commit $50 million per year to create 20,000 successful college graduates. The total commitment of $1 billion will fund scholarships for about 1,000 African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific American and Hispanic students each year. Minority students are eligible for full-tuition awards if they  have a grade point average of 3.3 or better, have significant economic need, and demonstrate leadership in extracurricular or community activities. At the graduate level,  individuals applying to, or currently enrolled in, science, mathematics, engineering, education or library science degree programs are eligible. Awards are renewable annually if scholars maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. The United Negro College Fund administers the program in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the American Indian College Fund. For more information, visit or call 1-877-690-GMSP.

Patient-Friendly Medical Information

The JAMA Patient Page, on the Journal of the American Medical Association web site, is a tool for doctors to communicate important medical information to their patients. Based on a research article in each week's JAMA, the patient page is designed to be patient-friendly while also providing valuable context and sources for additional information. Recent topics include skin cancer, cholesterol, and alcohol. The  archive lists over 30 additional topics.

Reliable Information on Important Health Topics

healthfinder®, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a gateway for finding current and  reliable health information from government, professional, and web news media sources. Resources listed in healthfinder® are intended to provide basic information on topics. More detailed information is available from the primary information sources that healthfinder® lists. Special subsections of the gateway are targeted to different audiences, such as children, teens, seniors, families, and minority health professionals.

New from the National Center for Education Statistics

"Find Your Library" Updated With Branch Information - For kids and adults alike. With this tool you can locate any public library, get its address, learn how many books it has, and discover other neat things. If your library has branches you can now find out where they are located as well. 

The Condition of Education is an indicator report, summarizing the health of aspects of education. The 65 indicators included examine relationships; show changes over time; compare or contrast sub-populations, regions, or countries; or assess characteristics of students from different backgrounds and types of schools. 

Data on Vocational Education (DOVE) is a new feature of the NCES web site. The DOVE system relies on existing and special-purpose NCES surveys to  provide data on vocational education from students, faculty, and schools at the secondary and postsecondary levels, as well as on adults seeking work-related education and training. 


Science & Education
Daily science news stories from ABC News Network.

CNN Science News
A comprehensive collection of engaging and clearly written science news stories that includes links to message boards. 

Science Daily
ScienceDaily brings you breaking news about the latest discoveries and hottest research projects in everything from astrophysics to zoology. The stories consists of news releases submitted by leading universities and other research organizations around the world.

UniSci News Net, Inc.
This news service posts four or five interesting and newsworthy science stories each day.  Includes a database of over 700 searchable articles.

Science a GoGo
The goal of this site is to deliver science news in a readable and exciting format that will appeal to a wide audience.


News Flashes From the Literacy Field
The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) provides this summary of news and announcements about related to literacy.

Drug Education

Higher Education Center: Current Alcohol and Other Drug News. Includes a Campus Press Watch page, linking to campus magazines, and Popular Press News Summaries, updated daily. Sign up for their free mailings, too.

Drug Sense DrugNews-Digest
The DrugnewsDigest (DND) is a one-way summary and source of current drug-related news. Ath this site you can also access Drug War Facts, which provides reliable information and credible citations on important criminal justice and public health issues. includes "CDC Study Shows Price Hike Would Cut Smoking Rates, Especially Among Minorities" and a tobacco research news page. 

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