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. University of Washington Brain Awareness Week
4. Swimming the Amazon River for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness
5. Neuroscientist-Teacher Partner Travel Awards
6. Book Review
7. Media Alert
8. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
9. Support Neuroscience for Kids
10. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. April Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Mad Cow Disease
C. Most Dangerous Drugs Ranked by Researchers
D. May and June 2007 Neurocalendars
E. Methamphetamine in Rural Areas
In April, 15 new figures were added and 61 pages were modified.
On May 12, 2007, scientists, physicians and artists will go in front of a panel of experts in Sarasota, Florida, and present their entries for the best visual illusion. According to the contest Web site, illusions will be judged on the basis of:
The Web site has examples of past winners and will soon display the top
ten illusions for 2007.
Read more about Martin Strel's incredible journey at:
Reading level: middle school and up
It's a textbook. It's a workbook. It's an artbook. It's a neuroanatomy manual. It's a coloring book. Actually, it's ALL of these things. That's right, The Human Brain Coloring Book has many different uses, all of which make learning about the brain fun.
Although The Human Brain Coloring Book was published more than 20 years ago, it is still useful. The book's table of contents reads like a typical neuroanatomy textbook, but the pages of the book are anything but usual. One page describes the structures or pathways in the nervous system while the facing page has black and white line drawings illustrating the description. By coloring a structure and its label on the line drawings, you may find that learning and remembering the structures of the brain is easy. Don't think that the book is just for kids! The material covered in "The Human Brain Coloring Book" is very detailed.
So, get out your crayons or colored pencils and brighten up the world of
B. The April/May 2007 issue of Scientific American MIND is available with articles about eating disorders, pain, neuroengineering, illusions, the teen brain and mental health.
C. "Know Thyself ? Man, Rat or Bot" by Sharon Begley (Newsweek magazine, April 23, 2007) discusses whether machines and animals can be self-aware.
D. The museum exhibit "Brain: The World Inside Your Head" will be at the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science (Houston, TX) until May 6, 2007. The exhibit opens on May 26, 2007 at the Mid America Science Museum in Hot Springs, AR.
E. "Walking Away from Paralysis" by Jeffrey Kluger (Time Magazine, April 20, 2007).
F. "Eyes Open, Brain Shut" (Scientific American, May, 2007) by Steven Laureys discusses how brain scans are being used to understand patients who have suffered brain injuries.
G. "Over the Limit" by Nancy Shute is the cover story in the April 23,
2007 issue of US News and World Report. The article discusses caffeine
and its effects on behavior.
B. May is Stroke Awareness Month, Better Sleep Month, Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and Mental Health Month.
C. Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have trouble walking and maintaining their balance. Therefore, they may fall more often and break bones. Osteoporosis also puts people with MS at risk for broken bones.
D. In 1962, Michael Siffre spent two months in a cave without information about the time of day in order to study sleep and other circadian rhythms.
E. Failure of the corpus callosum (the band of axons between the right and
left cerebral hemispheres) to develop occurs in 1 out of 4,000 people.
(Source: Paul, L.K. et al., Agenesis of the corpus callosum: genetic,
developmental and functional aspects of connectivity, Nature Neuroscience
Reviews, 8:287-299, 2007.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.