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. Senator Edward Kennedy has Brain Tumor
4. Addiction Science Award for Students at International Science Fair
5. Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program
6. Illusion of the Year Contest
7. Expressions of Courage Art Contest
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. Brainy Sudoku Puzzles (with answers)
C. July and August 2008 Neurocalendars
D. Mountain Climbing: Hazardous To Your Brain?
E. Stroke Awareness: Just Learn It!
F. Brain Scans Make Data More Believable
In May, 18 new figures were added and 59 pages were modified.
NeuroEd, developed by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, is a collection of materials for high school students and teachers who are interested in neuroscience. The materials are divided into two main sections:
A. Modules: information about addiction, brain tumors, depression, neurological injuries and Parkinson's disease.
B. Enrichment Materials: biographies, ethical issues, literary offerings, additional resources.
Each section has articles and a few videos from different Dana
publications. The site suggests that NeuroEd materials should be used in
seminar-style classes or to supplement advanced placement neurobiology
classes. Although it appears that the site has not been updated since
2004, there are still many useful materials.
The Washington family is to be congratulated for its support of young
neuroscientists. This is a great opportunity for students to experience a
laboratory environment and to learn how research is conducted.
Jill Bolte Taylor: neuroscientist who suffered a stroke and has written a book about her experience and recovery.
Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder who established the Allen Institute for Brain Science
Nicholas Schiff: neurosurgeon who is pioneering the use of deep brain stimulation to help people with neurological disorders.
Shinya Yamanaka & James Thomson: scientists who are investigating ways that adult human cells can be used to form new tissues in the human body.
Bob & Suzanne Wright: family who established "Autism Speaks," an organization to raise awareness and to support research about autism.
B. Scientific American (Scientific American Reports, May 2008) has a new special issue titled "105 Mind-Bending Illusions Highlights." The magazine also has several articles about illusions and visual perception.
C. "Mental Mirrors" by Marco Iacoboni (Natural History, May, 2008) describes how the brain's mirror neurons copy the actions of the outside world.
D. "Forgetting is the New Normal" by Sue Halpern (Time magazine, May 19, 2008) discusses memory.
E. "Growing Up Bipolar" by Mary Carmichael is the cover story of Newsweek magazine (May 26, 2008).
F. "The Neurobiology of Trust" by Paul J. Zak (Scientific American, June, 2008).
G. "Could an Acid Trip Cure Your OCD?" by Linda Marsa (Discover magazine, June, 2008) discusses the potential use of psychoactive drugs to treat mental disorders.
H. The new issue of Scientific American Mind (June, 2008) has articles about creativity, split-brain experiments, and the genetics of mental illness.
I. The cover story in the June 2, 2008, issue of Time magazine is titled
"The Truth About Vaccines" by Alice Park. The article discusses the risks
of declining childhood vaccines and the possible relationship between
vaccines and autism. This issue of Time also discusses brain cancer in
the story "Battling Brain Cancer" by Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
B. Physicians have the highest suicide rate of any profession. (Source: Time magazine, April 28, 2008, page 16.)
C. In 1927, Julius von Wagner-Jauregg was the first psychiatrist to win the Nobel Prize.
D. St. Hubert is the patron saint of rabies victims.
E. Famous people who suffered from insomina: W.C. Fields (actor), Alexandre Dumas (writer), Judy Garland (actress), Theodore Roosevelt (US president), Groucho Marx (comedian), Mark Twain (author). (Source: Wallechinsky, D. and Wallace, A., The New Book of Lists, New York: Canongate, 2005.)
E. Serious mental illness costs the United States at least $193 billion
each year in lost earnings. (Source: Kessler, R.C., et al., Individual
and Societal Effects of Mental Disorders on Earnings in the United States:
Results From the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Am. J.
Psychiatry, first published on May 7, 2008.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.