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Science Concepts and Inquiry with Food

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 November 15, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Stefano Luccioli, Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of Food Additive Safety in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the FDA. This web seminar focused on food allergies.

This web seminar was the first of two related to the FDA Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Denver, Colorado. The presenter defined food allergy and talked about the mechanisms, prevalence, and clinical presentation. He also discussed diagnosis and sensitivity and finished the presentation talking about the food label, treatment and prevention to food allergies. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-8.

Forty-eight (48) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. 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:

  • "I enjoyed being able to interact with teachers around the country.”

  • “First timer and I really enjoyed it. I will return for another one soon. I like
    the ability to interact with presenter and students. I learned how allergies
    present themselves, how they can be treated, and how they might develop
    from various foods.”

  • “This seminar was great. I have enjoyed both Web Seminars that I have
    attended. I enjoy the interactive nature of the seminar, and I especially like reading the comments and questions from other teachers.”

  • “The presentation definitely was relevant to the classroom...the food allergy
    issue is huge right now, and as educators we are responsible for the kids
    when they are in our buildings...we have to be vigilant about all possible
    dangers, from weapons to peanuts!.”

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


For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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