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Educational Telecommunications Association Visits NIH

NETA group photo

NETA at the National Library of Medicine

Dr. Lorsch

Dr. Jon Lorsch

Dr. Beck

Dr. Tony Beck

Members of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), a trade association of public broadcasters, visited NIH recently as part of an education innovation field trip following their annual conference. They started with a tour of the National Library of Medicine, which included exploring the History of Medicine Division Reading Room.

Afterwards, NETA members met with NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch and Dr. Tony Beck, program director for NIH’s Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. Lorsch discussed the importance of basic science, highlighting regeneration research and its potential applications. He also spotlighted numerous science education resources developed through the SEPA program (, as well as resources available from across NIH.

Beck followed with details about the SEPA program, which funds STEM and informal science education projects for grades pre-K through 12, created through partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and educators and other interested organizations. He ended his talk with a brief overview of how to apply for a SEPA grant.

The visit concluded with a Q&A session.

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