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. 2016 University of Washington Brain Awareness Week Open House
Exploding Brain Myths is a collection of short (about 90 seconds) videos
to explain common misconceptions about neuroscience. Currently there are
only four videos about a) The 10% Myth, b) The Love Hormone, c) Brain
Training, and d) Left Brain, Right Brain. Created by Dr. Rhiannon
Meredith, Rhod van Westen and Professor Matthijs Verhage at Vrije
Universiteit Amsterdam, Exploding Brain Myths adds a bit of humor as it
educates. Let's hope they add more videos to their collection.
Immediately after the BAW Open House, I drove about an hour south to Mill
Creek Middle School for their Brain Symposium. At the Brain Symposium, I
spoke with students, parents and teachers about neuroscience. The school
was also filled with student projects and activities to teach visitors
about the brain.
For more information about the camp and online registration, see:
This camp is sponsored by my Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience program.
B. The cover story of the April 2016 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN magazine is titled "Stone Age Brains." The article describes how toolmaking shaped the brain.
C. "Ride the Tiger" is a one-hour documentary about people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I got a sneak peak of this national PBS broadcast and highly recommend the program. The documentary will air on PBS on April 13, 2016. For more information about the program, see:
D. "Deadly Venoms Help Rather Than Hurt" by Leah Shaffer (DISCOVER
magazine, April, 2016).
B. The common bluebottle butterfly has at least 15 different types of photoreceptors in its eye. Humans have only three types of photoreceptors. (Source: Chen, P-J., et al., Extreme Spectral Richness in the Eye of the Common Bluebottle Butterfly, Graphium sarpedon, Front. Ecol. Evol., 08 March 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2016.00018.)
C. Approximately 4,000 people die from truck and bus crashes in the United States each year; about 10-20% of these crashes involve fatigued drivers. (Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Research Needs on CMV Driver Fatigue, Long-Term Health and Highway Safety, Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21921.)
D. According to US News & World Report, the following universities have the best neuroscience/neurobiology graduate programs: Stanford University (#1), University of California, San Diego (#2), California Institute of Technology (tied #3) and Johns Hopkins University (tied #3). (Source: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools)
E. Sciophobia is the irrational fear of shadows.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.