In this issue:
A. November Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Waking Up to the Light
In November, 3 new figures were added and 14 pages were modified.
The "Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections" site was one of the first web sites selected for a Neuroscience for Kids Site of the Month way back in 1998. Since that time, new web site associated with that original site have come online. One such site is this month's selection, the "Brain Biodiversity Bank" from Michigan State University.
The Brain Biodiversity Bank has some unique materials. From the entry page of the site, click on "Human" until the Atlases title. This will take you to a new page where you can see the human brain with its parts labeled. You can move forward, backward and side-to-side in the brain with a click of your mouse button.
My favorite parts of the web site are the MRI Quicktime movies through the brain. These movies take you on a fly-through the brain from front to back, side-to-side or top-to-bottom.
If you get tired of looking at the human brain, there are many more brains
to explore on the site.
Entries must be received by February 1, 2012!
The Brain Awareness Week Open House will include an interactive group assembly about the brain and hands-on exhibits that highlight brain research. The Open House will be held at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI; 2700 24th Ave East, Seattle, WA), just south of the University of Washington Seattle campus. Because of the high interest in the Open House and limited space, the number of people who can attend may be restricted. To register for the Open House, please visit:
Students, teachers and chaperones who attend the Open House will get FREE
ADMISSION to MOHAI.
Use your knowledge about the brain and the scientific method of inquiry to create a strong proposal. Be creative with your project!
Each classroom can submit only one experiment and there is a limit of one submission for each instructor. The winning experiment will receive a $500 prize. The deadline for the competition is January 19, 2012, and the winner will be announced in March, 2012.
For more detailed information about the contest, see the Dana Foundation web site at:
Read about Einstein's brain at Neuroscience for Kids:
B. "Could It Be Alzheimer's?" by Beth Macy (PARADE magazine, November 13, 2011).
C. "Epigenetics Offers New Clues to Mental Illness" by Eric J. Nestler (Scientific American, December, 2012).
D. "A Flicker of Consciousness" by Eben Harrell (TIME magazine, November 28, 2011). This issue of TIME also selected several neuro-inspired devices in a list of "The 50 Best Inventions of the Year."
E. "Why Anxiety is Good for You" is the cover story in TIME magazine
(December, 5, 2011).
B. The Society for Neuroscience has 42,000 members in almost 90 countries. (Source: Society for Neuroscience, http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=news_110111)
C. An estimated 30 million (12.7%) of people in the US who are 12 years and older have hearing lost in both ears; 48.1 million (20.3%) people have hearing loss in one ear. (Source: Lin, F.R., Niparko, J.K. and Ferrucci, L., Hearing loss prevalence in the United States, Arch. Internal Medicine, 171:1851-1852, 2011.)
D. Approximately 50 to 70 million people in the US suffer chronically suffer from a sleep disorder that affects their health. (Source: Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2006)
E. A French proverb states: "A brain is worth little without a tongue."
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.