Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Here is what you will find in this issue:
1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
2. Neuroscience for Kids Site of the Month
3. International Brain Bee Winners
4. Neuroscience on YouTube
5. New Curriculum Supplement from the NIH
6. Eye Tours
7. Toshiba Grant Programs for Science & Math Education
8. Media Alert
9. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
10. Summer E-mail Changes
11. Support Neuroscience for Kids
12. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. May Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Brown Widow Spiders Arrive in Louisiana
C. July-December Neurocalendars
D. Neuroscience Events at a Glance Calendar, 2007
E. Fish Recalled! May Contain Neurotoxin!!
In May, 6 new figures were added and 46 pages were modified.
Bryan White, a graduate student in Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of Washington, developed the NBIO440 Web site when he taught a class about neural stem cells. The site is created as a "Wiki" where other students can contribute to the posted material. I asked Bryan to tell us more about this Web site:
"I went with a Wiki so I could motivate students in a pass/fail class by making their work public and relevant. They worked on collaborative group projects to increase accountability to their peers. In addition, I feel greater learning occurs when students take ownership of their learning and work together with other students on an authentic project.
The Wiki format allowed students to work together and modify the site from any computer on the Internet. In addition, each group could look at each other's source code and copy formatting tips if they saw something they liked. From the point of view of the instructor, I could see when they uploaded pages to the Web as well as who was doing the editing."
A. "Brainstem" by Pinky and the Brain at:
B. "I Think With My Brain Now" by some neuroanatomy students with too much time on their hands at:
The other exhibit, "Vision," is finishing its display in Hagerstown (MD) at the Discovery Station. This exhibit was developed by the National Eye Institute. For details about "Vision," see:
B. "Lifting the Fog Around Anesthesia" by Beverley A. Orser (Scientific American, June 2007) discusses how anesthetics work and ways to make them safer.
C. "The New War on Pain" is the cover story of Newsweek magazine (June 4, 2007).
D. Winners in the 2007 Best Visual Illusion Contest have been announced. The first prize illusion (The Leaning Tower Illusion) is surprising simple, but my favorite of the top ten finalists are the "Steel Magnolias" and "Breeze in the Trees" Illusions. Do you have a favorite? See:
E. "The Science of Disgust" by Michael D. Lemonick (Time magazine, June 4, 2007).
F. "Herbal Remedies' Potential Dangers" by Sanjay Gupta (Time magazine, June 4, 2007.
G. Discover Magazine is conducting a "Magazine Cover-Design Contest" for students in grades 3 through 8. Students must create original artwork to express "What science means to me." The winning entry will be the cover for the October issue of Discover Magazine. Artwork must be postmarked by June 20, 2007, and received by June 30, 2007. For rules and an entry form, see:
H. The June/July 2007 issue of Scientific American MIND magazine is now
on newsstands. Articles in the magazine include "The Powers and Perils of
Intuition" (understanding gut feelings), "Kids on Meds: Trouble Ahead?"
(antidepressants and children), "Programmed for Speech" (human and
songbird research provides information about speech) and "Rhythm and
Blues" (sleep and disease).
B. In 1956, there were 17 states in the US with a law that forbid people with epilepsy from getting married. It wasn't until 1980 that the last state (Missouri) repealed this law. (Source: Epilepsia, 44(s6):12-14, 2003.)
C. Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., the lawyer who defended O.J. Simpson against murder charges, died from complications of a brain tumor in 2005. On May 5, 2007, a research center named in his honor, the Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center, opened at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
D. In 2000, US Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized approximately 41.3 kilograms (90.86 pounds) of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. This is the largest seizure of LSD that the DEA has ever made. (Source: DEA Web site, http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/states/newsrel/2003/sanfran033103.html)
E. In Greek mythology Sleep (Hypnos), Death (Thanatos), and Dreams
(Oniros) were children of the goddess Night (Nyx); Neglect or
Forgetfulness (Lethe) and Pain (Algos) were grandchildren of the Night
(Nyx). (Source: Ture et al., The art of alleviating pain in Greek
mythology, Neurosurgery. 56:178-185, 2005.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.