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. 2008 University of Washington Brain Awareness Week
4. Reebok Agrees to Pay $1,000,000 Penalty for Lead Content in Bracelets
5. Radio Disney - Brain Myths
6. Media Alert
7. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
8. Support Neuroscience for Kids
9. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. March Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. 2008 UW Brain Awareness Week Open House
C. When RED Means Stop (not Slow Down)
D. Treasure Hunt #7
E. Animated/Musical Slide Show of Drawing Contest Winners
In March, 9 new figures were added and 77 pages were modified.
= This month's selection is a fantastic, animated "textbook" all about neurons. Dr. Patricia Stewart and her colleagues at the University of Toronto created the site with eight different chapters: Anatomy of a Neuron; Axonal Transport; Ion Channels and Pumps; Resting Membrane Potential; Action Potential; Neurotransmitter Release; Postsynaptic Mechanisms and Removal of Neurotransmitter. Each chapter has seven to ten different panels with interactive drawings to help you understand how neurons work.
Although some of the concepts described on the Web site are complex, the
clear diagrams and simple text makes the information easy to understand.
Some of the animations can be downloaded and displayed in PowerPoint
presentations as long as people give credit to the original authors and
the material is used for non-commercial purposes and not altered,
transformed or built on.
I also visited several schools in March for BAW: Highline High School, Meridian Park Elementary School, the Bear Creek School and Brookside Elementary School. During my visits, I talked about my research, what the brain looks like, how neurons work and how the brain gets fooled. The students also had plenty of time to work with hands-on activities that I brought to their classrooms.
BAW was celebrated all over the world! Visit the DANA Alliance for Brain Initiative Web site to see what went on during BAW:
Next year, BAW will take place March 16-22, 2009.
If you want to hear the interview, you will have to get up early on April
13 -- "Kids Care" airs at 6:30 am (and only on the Seattle station)!
B. Dr. John Medina, author of the new book "Brain Rules," will speak at Town Hall Seattle on Thursday, April 10, 2008, at 7:30 pm. Ticket are $5.
C. "Placebo Nation: Just Believe" by Sharon Begley (Newsweek magazine, March 17, 2008) discusses the power of the "sugar pill."
D. "Mysteries and Complications" by Claudia Kalb (Newsweek magazine, March 24, 2008) discusses the growing public interest in autism.
E. "Why Women Need Better Sleep" by Alice Park (Time magazine, March 31, 2008).
F. Short clips (2-7 minutes) from the PBS television program titled "The Lobotomist" are available at:
B. The brain of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the leader of the 1917 Russian revolution, has been studied by scientists. When Lenin died in 1924, his brain was removed before his body was laid to rest in a Moscow mausoleum. German neuroscientist Oskar Vogt (born 1870, died 1959) spent two and a half years preparing and studying Lenin's brain and published a paper on the brain in 1929 where he reported that some neurons (pyramidal neurons) in layer III of the cerebral cortex of Lenin's brain were very numerous and large.
C. According to a 2001 survey by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, accountants get the most headaches. About 49% of the accountants in the survey reported getting weekday headaches. The accountants were followed by librarians (43%), bus and truck drivers (42%) and construction workers (38%) for how often they got headaches.
D. The Dalai Lama keeps a plastic model of the brain on his desk at home. (Source: Time magazine, March 31, 2007, page 47.)
E. April is National Autism Awareness Month.
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Your comments and suggestions about this newsletter and the "Neuroscience for Kids" web site are always welcome. If there are any special topics that you would like to see on the web site, just let me know.
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.