Grant: Shade Structure Program

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Shade Structure Program gives grants for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance of sun safety.

Maximum award: $8,000

Eligibility: nonprofit organization or public schools that primarily serve children and teens 18 and younger; demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application; and are sponsored by an AAD member dermatologist.

Deadline: February 1, 2013.

Video Lending Library Feature: NOVA’s Secrets of the Sun

The recent solar storms have called our attention to something we all take for granted — our sun. Scientists have long viewed our sun as an amazing physics laboratory and now, using new spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, they can view the sun as never before in their quest to understand our nearest star.  Borrow the video, NOVA: Secrets of the Sun (ID 2225), by clicking here.  Check out a preview of the video below: