Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Here is what you will find in this issue:
1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
2. Neuroscience for Kids Site of the Month
3. Neuroscience for Kids Writing Contest - Judging has Begun
4. UW Brain Awareness Week Open House
5. CDC Science Ambassador Program for Teachers
6. Summer Brain Camp for Middle School Students
7. Freen Neurology Now Subscription
8. Media Alert
9. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
10. Support Neuroscience for Kids
11. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. January Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Israeli Prime Minister Suffers A Massive Stroke
C. January, February, March and April 2006 NeuroCalendars
D. Sleep Fog
E. Laughter: New Medicine for the Heart?
In January, 14 new figures were added and 75 pages were modified.
The HOPES (Huntington's Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford) web site takes people on a guided tour of the human brain. The tour starts with a brief description of brain cells (neurons and glia) and the ventricular system and then explores the different lobes of the brain. The tutorial gets more detailed in its discussion of the limbic system, basal ganglia and diencephalon. The tour makes it easy to learn this material by allowing users to turn labels on and off and by showing only certain structures in each picture. The ability to add or subtract structures will help you get an idea of the three dimensional structure of the brain.
The brain tutorial is only one section of a larger HOPES web site that
discusses the causes, diagnosis and treatment of the neurological disorder
called Huntington's disease. Use the buttons on the left side of the brain
tutorial screen to visit the main HOPES site. Make sure to read the
online illustrated book for kids titled "Bryan's Dad Has Huntington's
Disease" (the "For Kids" button).
The American Psychological Association also has a list of speakers:
Here at the University of Washington, 300 students will attend the 9th annual BAW Open House on March 22. The Open House will feature hands-on, interactive exhibits sponsored by researchers and staff from various university departments and organizations. If you would like to share what you did during BAW, send me (e-mail: email@example.com) a summary of your activities and I will try to include it in a future issue of the Neuroscience for Kids newsletter.
Even if you cannot organize a brain fair or a classroom visit by a neuroscientist, you can still participate in BAW with some lessons about the brain and nervous system. Neuroscience for Kids has some "brainy" ideas for a day, a week or a whole month:
B. "What You Need to Know Now" by Isadore Rosenfeld (Parade magazine, January 15, 2006) discusses how Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed and treated.
C. "The Myth of the Midlife Crisis" by Gene Cohen (Newsweek magazine, January 16, 2006) discusses how the brain changes during midlife.
D. "Balding, Wrinkled, and Stoned" by Jeffrey Kluger with Jeffrey Ressner (Time magazine, January 23, 2006) discusses how drug abuse in the 1960s and 1970s is affecting people today.
E. "Why Is Her Vision Hazy?" by Richard Fleming (Discover magazine, February, 2006) discusses multiple sclerosis.
F. "Intrigue at the Immune Synapse" by Daniel M. Davis (Scientific
American, Febrary, 2006) discusses how cells in the immune system
communicate like cells in the nervous system.
B. An estimated 9% of adolescents in the US aged 12 to 17 (approximately 2.2 million adolescents) experienced at least one major depressive episode during the past year. (Reference: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
C. For every minute in which a large vessel ischemic stroke (blockage of a large blood vessel in the brain) is untreated, a person loses 1.9 million neurons, 13.8 billion synapses and 12 km (7 miles) of axons. For every hour in which this type of stroke is untreated, the brain loses as many neurons as it normally does in 3.6 years. (Saver, J.L., Time is brain - quantified, Stroke, 37:263-266, 2006.)
D. In 1774, English explorer Captain James Cook was poisoned, but did not die, after eating the liver of a fish. It is likely that the liver came from a pufferfish and that Cook was poisoned by the neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin. (Reference: Doherty, M.J., Captain Cook on poison fish, Neurology, 65:1788-1791, 2005.)
E. In the early 1920s, Hans Berger recorded the first human
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.