Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. September Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Roar - But Cover Your Ears!
C. Navy Sonar versus Marine Mammals
In September, 6 new figures were added and 23 pages were modified.
Carnegie Mellon University, through its Open Learning Initiative, have made an online Anatomy/Physiology course freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. The course covers all body systems, but for this "Site of the Month" selection, only the unit about the nervous system will be discussed.
You do not have to register to enter the course. To go directly to the
nervous system material, scroll all the way down to Unit 14: Nervous
System. This unit has four modules that take you through the structure
and function of the human nervous system. The site is easy to navigate
and there are plenty of figures that illustrate the pages. Most pages
have matching games or questions to check your understanding of the
Also, don't forget your brain jello or your neuroscience costume:
There were two second place winners taking home $375 prizes: Xavier Vanils and Africa Flores for their video "Sketch of a Memory" and Vania Cao for her video "Population Coding: Mind Reading and More." The best high school video was awarded to Yash Patel, Michelle Goffreda, Robby Vasen, and Kat Lin of High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ for their entry "Neuroglia & the Brain."
See all winning videos at:
You can also vote until October 16 for your favorite Brain Awareness Video in the "People's Choice" category at:
B. Smithsonian Teachers' Night 2013 (October 25, 2013) at the National Museum of National History, Washington, DC. Free!
C. Visit "The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth" exhibit at the Melbourne Museum in Victoria, Australia.
D. "Rethinking Autism" by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek (TIME
magazine, October 7, 2013).
B. Brainea insignis is a plant (fern) native to Thailand, Indonesia, West Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and southern China.
C. David Hunter Hubel, neuroscientist and winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, died last month on September 22, 2013.
D. The last words of writer Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) were: "Is it not meningitis?" Louisa May Alcott was best known for her novel titled "Little Women."
E. October 10, 2013 is World Mental Health Day.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.