Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. March Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. 2014 University of Washington Brain Awareness Week Open House
C. May and June 2014 Neurocalendars
D. Concussions in Female Middle School Soccer Players
In March, 6 new figures were added and 25 pages were modified.
Bluebrain is an independent documentary film about the ongoing, global
effort to understand the human brain. Filmmaker Noah Hutton's 10 year
plan is to release one film each year. Currently, there are four short
films available on the web site and a fifth short film will be released in
2014; a full length feature length film should be completed by 2024.
Over the years, Hutton will document new discoveries and questions as
progress is made to understand the brain through the Human Brain Project
and the BRAIN Initiative.
Here at the University of Washington, approximately 650 students in grades 4-12 attended the BAW Open House. Students started the Open House with a multimedia "Brain Assembly" where they learned about neurotransmission, compared the brains of different animals and played with some visual illusions.
Students then visited exhibits set up by University of Washington departments and other organizations. The Neurobiology and Behavior Community Outreach Program had exhibits to test the senses and materials to build neuron models. The DO-IT program, UW Department of Otolaryngology, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, Department of Biology, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, Hope Heart Institute, Seattle Hydrocephalus Support Group, UW Dept. of Biological Structure, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Pacific Science Center, UW Neurobiology Club, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, Edmonds-Woodway High School, UW Bloedel Center, and Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience all provided exhibits.
This year the open house was supported by the Pacific Cascade Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
For more information about the open house, see:
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!
Engineering Discovery Days is sponsored by the University of Washington College of Engineering and will take place in Seattle on April 25-26, 2014. Students and faculty members from all of the engineering departments will have hands-on exhibits for visitors.
For more information about Engineering Discovery Days, see:
B. The "Mozart & the Mind" series (San Diego, CA) pairs neuroscientists with musicians in performances, lectures and exhibitions. See:
C. "The Genetic Geography of the Brain" by Ed Lein and Mike Hawrylycz in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (April, 2014).
D. "The Power of Poison" is an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural
History (New York, NY.) that is open until August 10, 2014.
B. Steven Hauschka, the placekicker for the Seattle Seahawks professional football team, received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Middlebury College in 2007.
C. Neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi-Montalcini was born on April 22, 1909. She passed away on December 30, 2012.
D. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, National Autism Awareness Month and Sports Eye Safety Month.
E. The diameter of the common carotid artery in adults is 6 mm.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.