Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. February Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. PDF version of this newsletter (March, 2014)
Science Update is a collection of 60-second stories about new discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Each story is broadcast on the radio and available online via a podcast. The "Spotlight: The Brain" section of the web site covers some interesting research about neuroscience including recent stories about a computer game that is helping scientists map the brain, multiple sclerosis, and amnesia.
If you are interested in other topics, just click on the "HOME" or
"ARCHIVES" buttons to explore the wide world of science.
Grade Kindergarten to Grade 2 (any style poem); by Israella C.:
Three pound of wrinkle,
Crammed in your skull.
One hundred billion neurons,
Science is never dull!
Memories, smells, ideas and pain
All come from your super, special brain!
Grade 3 to Grade 5 (poem must rhyme); by Addison M.:
My occipital lobe helps me to see,
the newly made milkshake made just for me.
My temporal lobe will help me to detect,
the sweet smell of strawberries and their effect.
My temporal lobe also helps me to hear,
the sounds of "slurp, slurp, slurp" in my ear.
My parietal lobe is saying "yum, yum, yum,"
But slow down a brain freeze will come.
My frontal lobe solves one last problem,
how to get the cherry off the bottom.
Grade 6 to Grade 8 (haiku); by Cooper L.:
My brain injury
Lost distracted confused sad
Life's puzzle won't fit.
Grade 9 to Grade 12 (limerick); by Alexander L.:
An artist had hemispatial neglect
It was quite the inconvenient defect
His painting wasn't quite right
The right side was just pure white
Oh well, at least the left half was perfect.
Adult (any style); by Baishali R.:
Flow of current like a spark
Action potential, like light through dark
Passing through the nerves
Making all the verves;
All our sensation
By this conversation;
Dancing ions' brilliance
The core of our existence.
All of the winning poems are published on the Neuroscience for Kids web site at:
In November, Neuroscience for Kids will start its drawing contest.
Show your BRAINY spirit for BAW:
The 2014 "Bloomin' Brains" neuroscience summer day camp will be held on the University of Washington campus July 21-24 from 9 am to 3 pm each day, and supervised by teachers, graduate students, undergraduates and UW faculty. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from campus and for providing sack lunches. Campers will have the opportunity to:
- Conduct hands-on science experiments
- Learn about traditional uses of medicinal plants in Native cultures
- Explore the structure and function of the brain
- Visit the Burke Museum, UW Botany Greenhouse, and Medicinal Herb Garden
- Listen to real scientists talk about their careers
- Discover "the art of the brain" by constructing models
- Make a plant extract and tie-dye a shirt
- Research neuroscience at the UW computer lab
For more information about the camp and the application form, please visit:
Discover how much fun science can be!
The family event connects patients, families, and caregivers affected by a neurologic disorder with important resources to win the battle against brain diseases. The fair offers free classes about research advances in Alzheimer's disease, autism, brain injury, epilepsy, headache, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, stroke and other types of brain disease, and fun activities for kids and teenagers.
Registration is now open:
B. "The New Century of the Brain" by Rafael Yuste and George M. Church is the cover story in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (March, 2014).
C. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND (March, 2014) has articles about creativity, fear and ADHD.
D. If you will be in Milan, Italy, stop by the brain exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in Milan:
E. Celebrate Brain Awareness Week in London (Dalston Bunker; March 13-15) at the "Brain Banquet" where you can learn about your senses and the way the brain process information about food. (Warning: tickets are expensive and the event is for people 18 years and older only.) See:
B. "Umami" is the name of a basic taste when foods with glutamate are eaten and it is also the name of a Minneapolis based electro/psych band.
C. The remipede, a small aquatic animal, is the only known crustacean that uses a neurotoxin. (von Reumont, B.M., et al., The first venomous crustacean revealed by transcriptomics and functional morphology: remipede venom glands express a unique toxin cocktail contaminated by enzymes and a neurotoxin. Mol Biol Evol. 2013 Nov 7.)
D. Neuroscientist Nobel Prize winner birthdays in the month of March are Julius Wagner-Jauregg (March 7, 1857), Walter Rudolph Hess (March 17, 1881), Daniel Bovet (March 23, 1907), Bernard Katz (March 26, 1911), John Robert Vane (March 29, 1927), and Erwin Neher (March 20, 1944).
E. The Thai word for brain is "samong."
Help Neuroscience for Kids
Your comments and suggestions about this newsletter and the "Neuroscience for Kids" web site are always welcome. If there are any special topics that you would like to see on the web site, just let me know.
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.