Community Outreach and Education Program


Syllabus: Poison, Pollution, and Public Health
BIOC 597c, Current Topics for Biology Teachers
5:30-7:50 p.m. College of Pharmacy, 107

Marti Lindsey, M.A., M.L. S.
Director, Community Outreach & Education Program, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center
College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210207, Tucson, AZ, 85721-0207
Office: (520) 626-3692 -- Fax: (520) 626-4468 -- email:

Office Hours: As needed by appointment

Date Class Daily Assignments
01/10/01 Basic Toxicology  
  1. Introduction
  2. Guest Speaker - Elizabeth Casarez, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  3. Powerpoint presentation:
    teach_tox_slides.ppt (55kb)

    toxhandouts.pdf -(100kb) requires Adobe Acrobat Reader - click to download
    toxhandouts.doc - (40kb; MS Word)

  4. Lab Activities
    Threshold Limits
    Body Size

  5. Computer Activity - Chemicals & Human Health: Toxicology

Complete Chemicals & Human Health: Toxicology worksheet then self-grade -- download teacher's guide from

On a separate sheet of paper, provide any comments you may have about the activity.

01/17/01 Smoking & Alcohol  
  1. Guest Speaker - Rebecca Milholland, Dpt. of Pharmacology & Toxicology

    Powerpoint presentations: (640kb) requires Downlaod Winzip
    nicotine&etoh.ppt (Opens Online)

  2. Lab ActivitiesNicotine &
    a. Blackworms
    b. Alcohol & Blackworms

  3. Computer Activity - Chemicals & Human Health: Lung Toxicology, Environmental Tobacco Smoke & Lung Development
Find 4 quality websites (with at least one for alcohol & nicotine) you would use in your classroom. Write down the website addresses and a brief description of the site. Rate the website on a 5-star scale (1 - poor, 5 - excellent). These will be compiled and given to the class as a resource. In addition to providing a hard copy, please email me your list or provide it on disc.
01/24/01 Cancer  
  1. Guest Speaker - Dr. Tim Bowden
  2. Activity - Good Cells Gone Bad
  3. Lab Activity - Ames Test
  4. Computer Activity - Cluster Busters: A Game of Disease Mystery Solving
Complete the student sheet for "Cluster Busters: A Game of Disease Mystery Solving Scenario: Ms. Ima Well"
01/31/01 Air Quality  
  1. Guest Speaker -Dr. Mark Witten
  2. Activity - Real-time Air Quality
  3. Computer Activity - Inversion Layers
Complete the Inversion Layers computer activity.
02/07/01 Sharing Assignments  



Daily Assignments (4 total) = 100 points
Due: The following class period.
Graded as: Complete - 25 points each assignment
50% - 12.5 points each assignment
Incomplete - 0 points each assignment

Semester Assignment - 100 points
Due: 02/07/01
You will have 10 minutes to share your work with the class on 02/07/01

Select one of the following:

  1. Align 6 of the class activities to the Arizona State Standards OR 4 activities to the National and Arizona State Standards.
  2. Pick a subject in toxicology/environmental health and develop a lecture for your class. Find complementary hands-on activity/ies to accompany the topic.
  3. Modify 2 of the class activities to work better in your classroom. Explain how and why you modified them.
  4. Write a lesson plan showing where you can incorporate these activities during the school year.
  5. Write a short (2-3 page) research paper on any subject in toxicology/environmental health.

    180-200 points = A
    160-179 points = B
    140-159 points = C
    120-139 points = D
    Below 139 points = F