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. UW Brain Awareness Week Open House
4. Neuroscience for Kids Writing Contest - Now Open
5. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
6. Summer Internship for High School Students at NIH
7. APA TOPSS Awards
8. Media Alert
9. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
10. Support Neuroscience for Kids
11. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. November Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Toxic Toy Recalled
C. 2007 Society for Neuroscience Meeting
D. Cockroaches Don't Learn in the Morning
In October, 18 new figures were added and 40 pages were modified.
"Curious" is a series of two one-hour documentaries from Thirteen/WNET New York. The Curious Web site offers many excerpts from the shows and a few Web-only interviews. Both episodes discuss the nervous system. In the first episode, "Survival," there are interviews with researchers who are creating an artificial retina and a patient who has received the new device. The second episode, "Mind/Brain/Machine," discusses how the brain makes decisions (neuroeconomics), split-brain research and robotics. This episode also has a fascinating interview with Tony Grobmeier, a 20-year-old man who was born without the major connection (the corpus callosum) between the right and left hemispheres of his brain.
The shows premiered on public television several weeks ago, and the full
episodes will be available on the Curious Web site in January, 2008.
To read about last year's BAW Open House at the University of Washington, please see:
If you cannot download the application form for the Open House, contact me
by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A few people have asked if the contest is open to students outside the
United States. The answer is "YES!" Entries are accepted from students
in all countries. If you are entering the contest from outside the United
States, make sure that you mail your entry with enough time so that it
arrives on or before the contest deadline (February 1, 2008).
I've posted a few photos from the SfN meeting at:
The SfN meeting will be held next year (November 15-19, 2008) in
APA TOPSS also announced the 2008 APA TOPSS Scholars Competition for high
school students. Each of three winners will receive a $500 award.
Submissions must be postmarked by March 3, 2008. Students must write an
essay about how psychological disorders in are portrayed in movies.
B. "Schizophrenia: The Curse That's Almost a Blessing" (Discover Magazine, December, 2007) by Orli Van Mourik.
C. "ADHD Riddle Solved" by Julie Rawe (Time Magazine, November 26, 2007).
D. "What Makes Us Moral" by Jeffrey Kluger is the cover story of Time Magazine (December 3, 2007).
E. "The Brain Fitness Program" is a new PBS television program about the brain's ability to change and adapt. The show will air in December, 2007, and feature University of California San Francisco neuroscientist Dr. Michael Merzenich and other researchers as they discuss the field of "neuroplasticity." Actor Peter Coyote narrates the program.
F. The December 2007 issue of Scientific American Mind is now available
with stories about 1) boredom; 2) animals and empathy; 3) raising smart
kids; 4) gender in math and science achievement; 5) phantom limbs and 6)
using psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness.
B. When fur seals sleep on land, they show the same slow-wave sleep activity on both sides of their brain (symmetrical slow wave sleep). However, when fur seals sleep in the water, one side of their brain shows slow-wave sleep activity while the other side does not (asymmetrical slow wave sleep). (Source: Lapierre, J.L., et al., Cortical acetylcholine release is lateralized during asymmetrical slow-wave sleep in northern fur seals, J. Neuroscience, 27:11999-12006, 2007.)
C. 30% of high school seniors reported driving after drinking heavily or using drugs, or riding in a car whose driver had been drinking heavily or using drugs, at least once two weeks prior to a survey conducted researcher at the University of Michigan. (Source: O'Malley, P.M. and Johnson, L.D., Drugs and driving by American high school seniors, 2001-2006, J. Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68:834-842, 2007.)
D. The retina of the eye is 4 mm thick. (Source: Goldstein, E.B., Sensation and Perception, 7th edition, Belmont (CA): Thomson Wadsworth, 2007.)
E. The pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus) is the longest "sleeping" animal.
One of these animals hibernated for 367 days. (Source: Geiser, F.,
Yearlong hibernation in a marsupial mammal, Naturwissenschaften,
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.