Happy New Year from Neuroscience for Kids!
Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:
Neuroscience for Kids had several new additions in December including:
A. December Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Neuroscience in the News
The Neuroscience for Kids "Site of the Month" for January is "The Exploratorium - Mind" at:
Several years ago I visited the Exploratorium when it was located in its original location at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The museum has now moved down the road to Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. But until I have a chance to get back to San Francisco, I will have to settle for the Exploratorium web site.
Within the large Exploratorium web site is a section titled Mind where you can find interactive activities about perception, memory and the brain. Some of the activities can be done online while others require that you build them yourself. The online experiments are accompanied by simple explanations; the offline activities have step-by-step instructions and are easy to construct.
There is one more month to enter the 2017 Neuroscience for Kids Drawing Contest. So, get out your pencils, pens and markers! The contest is open to students in kindergarten through high school as well as college students, teachers and parents. Use your imagination to draw a picture about the nervous system and you might win a prize. The complete set of rules and the official entry form for the contest are available at:
Entries must be received by February 1, 2017.__________________________________________________________
There is still some space at the University of Washington Brain Awareness Week (BAW) on March 6, 2017. Teachers should complete an application form if they would like to bring their students to the open house; the application form is available online at:
There is still time to apply to the University of Washington Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) summer programs for high school students and teachers. The CSNE Young Scholars Program (YSP)-REACH is an 8-day YSP-REACH on the University of Washington Seattle campus during the summer. High school students receive an introduction to neural engineering, neuroethics, scientific communication, basic computer coding, and the latest developments in Brain-Computer Interfaces.
Middle and high school teachers can apply to the CSNE Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program where they will spend seven-weeks during the summer working on neural engineering research projects. Teachers will also develop new classroom lesson plans based on their research experiences.
Applications for these programs are available on the CSNE web site at:http://www.csne-erc.org/education
The YSP-REACH application deadline is February 1, 2017; the RET program application deadline is March 1, 2017.
A. The Exercise Cure is the cover article in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND magazine (January 2017). This magazine also has articles about dopamine, brain development, the octopus brain and gifted children.
B. Lab Made Brains by Juergen A. Knoblich is the cover story in the January 2017 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.
A. 11.5% of adults in the US report that they take prescription medication for problems with emotions, nerves, or mental health. (Source: Moore, T.J. and Mattison, D.R., Adult Utilization of Psychiatric Drugs and Differences by Sex, Age, and Race, JAMA Intern Med. Published online December 12, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7507.)
B. Although Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist David H. Hubel had never taken a biology class in high school or college, he was accepted into medical school at McGill University. (Source: Nobelprize.org; accessed December 28, 2016.)
C. The pitohui, a bird found in New Guinea, has a neurotoxin called homobatrachotoxin in its skin, feathers, muscles, heart, liver, stomach and intestines. (Source: Science Frontiers, http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf085/sf085b08.htm.)
D. This year Brain Awareness Week will be recognized on March 13-19, 2017. (Source: The Dana Foundation, http://www.dana.org/BAW/.)
E. Singer, songwriter and 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Bob Dylan wrote: Every brain is civilized, Every nerve is analyzed, Everything is criticized when you are in need. (Source: Unbelievable, from the album Under the Red Sky, 1990.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.