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NIH Video: Encouraging Girls to Consider Research Careers
February 5, 2008, Volume 54, No. 20

Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, dean of the School of Dental Medicine, is one of three US dental researchers featured in a new educational video produced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The 23-minute video,  Women in Dental Research, is the fifth in a series called Women Are Scientists, developed by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and Office of Science Education, to encourage young girls to consider research careers. It is targeted to girls in eighth grade and up who are making decisions about taking advanced math and science classes.

In the video, released late last year, Dr. Jeffcoat talks about the joy she gets out of her research, in seeing patients and in collaborating with others, including her engineer husband, Robert, with whom she’s designed various dental instruments. The video focuses on her research into the connection between poor oral health in pregnant women and preterm birth, and her work in the development of a non-injectable oral anesthetic. She also says that a career in dentistry doesn’t preclude having a fulfilling family life.

Some 10,000 copies of the DVD will be distributed to schools, at teachers’ conferences and to medical schools and other institutions that can use the series for outreach to their communities. Copies of the video are available from the NIH by visiting http://science.education.nih.gov/.



Almanac - February 5, 2008, Volume 54, No. 20