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. New Concussion Law
4. Remember It
5. Media Alert
6. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
7. Summer Email Changes
8. Support Neuroscience for Kids
9. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. June Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. September, October, November and December NeuroCalendars
C. Alcohol, Energy Drinks, Breath Testing
D. Cold Medicines May Cause Loss of the Sense of Smell
E. Medication Approved for Migraine in Kids
In June, 7 new figures were added and 48 pages were modified.
G2C Online is a huge storehouse of information about the nervous system. The site spans the topics of genes, biochemicals, cells, brain anatomy, cognition and the environment as it explores neurological and mental disorders. However, the structure of the Web site might make it a little difficult for you to get around and find what you want.
When you enter G2C Online, you will find the site divided into several sections. The top of the page lists a variety of disorders, cognitive processes and research approaches. If you click on one of these topics, a panel will open with a brief description of the topic. This panel appears below a pathway and in front of floating bubbles (the network map). If you click on one of the circles in the pathway, you can see a video, an animation, an essay or interactive illustration about the topic. Additional related resources will appear on the right side of the display. For teachers, there is a special "Teacher Feature" area with classroom-related materials ready to download in PDF format. Click on "Main Menu" to get you back to the main Web page.
G2C Online was produced by the Dolan DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and supported by the Dana Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The law was named after Zachery Lystedt, a 16-year-old football player from Maple Valley, WA, who suffered a life-threatening brain injury in 2006 after he returned to play football after he suffered a concussion. Zachery's injury occurred after he made a tackle during a game. He sat out for a short time, but returned to the game in the fourth quarter. After the game he collapsed, was in a coma for several months and had to have two emergency brain surgeries. Zachery still needs a wheelchair and intensive therapy.
Let's hope the new law draws attention to the seriousness of concussions and protects young brains from injury.
For more information about the new law, see:
Washington State Law:
Neuroscience for Kids articles about concussions:
Before my flight, I received an electronic ticket with a special six-letter code: HQGTZY. This code would allow me to check flight information and print out a boarding pass before I got to the airport. I wanted to memorize this code in case I did not have the code with me. It is not too difficult to memorize six letters, but I wanted something that I would not forget. What would you do to memorize these six random letters?
Here is what I did. First, I combined the six letters into two-letter chunks: HQ, GT and ZY. Then I gave a word to each chunk to make a sentence, so HQ became "headquarters," GT became "got" and ZY became "zygotes." The sentence, therefore, was "HeadQuarters GoT ZYgotes." Of course, it was a nonsense sentence, but it was something that was easy to remember.
I used my nonsense sentence on my return trip. As I walked through the lobby of my hotel in Washington, D.C., I noticed a computer terminal that printed boarding passes. I just strolled up to the computer, typed my name and HQGTZY (remembering "HeadQuarters GoT ZYgotes"), and out came my boarding pass!
For more memory tips and tricks, see:
B. "Evolutionary Origins of Your Right and Left Brain" by Peter F. MacNeilage, Lesley J. Rogers and Giorgio Vallortigara (Scientific American, July 2009).
C. "A Walk in the Dark" by Phil Taylor (Sports Illustrated, June 8, 2009) discusses how Alzheimier's disease has affected Robert Jeangera, a former basketball player who earned a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.
B. The brain of Russian poet and novelist Sergeyevitch Turgenev weighed 2,012 grams. (Source: Finger, S., Origins of Neuroscience. A History of Explorations into Brain Function, New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.)
C. July is Eye Injury Prevention Month!
D. The word "ambidextrous," meaning that both hands can be used with equal skill and comes from the Latin words that mean "both right-handed." The opposite of ambidextrous is "ambisinistrous," meaning clumsy, comes from the Latin words that mean "having two left hands."
E. Acetylcholine was the first neurotransmitter ever identified.
(Source: Brain Facts, Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, 2008)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.