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Teach Science Concepts and Inquiry with Food and Cosmetics
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar, sponsored by the FDA, took place on May 6, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Beth Meyers, Writer-editor at FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors. Ms. Meyers talked about cosmetic safety.

This web seminar was the second of two related to the FDA Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts. The presenter focused on three questions: (1) How has the safety of cosmetics been viewed historically in the United States? (2) How is cosmetic safety regulated now? (3) What are some of the cosmetic safety issues FDA has tackled? The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-8.


Twenty-two (22) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Puerto Rico. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "Excellent information. We cannot find this information as easily or worthwhile
    and credible as this session.”


  • “I found the history of the regulations very interesting. I also enjoyed learning
    the difference between a drug and cosmetic from a technical perspective.”


  • “This was my first experience, and I really enjoyed the presentation. What a
    great way to learn with people from “everywhere.””


  • “Makeup is a major part of high school. This seems like a natural hook to get
    students (especially girls) involved in science.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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