January 26 - February 1 is National Drug Facts Week.
This week-long observance will bring together teens and scientific experts in community events across the country to discuss scientific facts about drug abuse.
It is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health.
This week-long observance is designed to counteract the many drug abuse myths that bombard today’s youth, and encourages community-based
question and answer sessions between teens and scientists.
LifeScience Moment: First Birthday Balls to raise funds for the Warm Springs Foundation was held on FDR's birthday."
On January 30, 1934, the First Birthday Balls to raise funds for the Warm Springs Foundation was held on FDR's birthday. When Franklin Roosevelt contracted
polio in 1921, at age thirty-nine, it inspired his interest in medical philanthropy. When he heard about the therapeutic value of the thermal mineral baths at
Warm Springs, Georgia, Roosevelt went there and ended up buying the site and creating a foundation in 1927. He persuaded his friend and New York City law partner
Basil O’Connor to run it.
After Roosevelt became president in 1933, O’Connor co-coordinated Birthday Balls that took place on Roosevelt’s birthday each January
and raised money for the care of polio patients. These were so successful that in 1938 they were merged into a nationwide organization,
the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes.
It's a Small World
" "... the scientist would maintain that knowledge in of itself is wholly good, and that there should be and are methods of dealing with misuses of knowledge by the ruffian or the bully other than by suppressing the knowledge.""
Percy Williams Bridgman, U. S. physicist, (Nobel Prize, 1946)