HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS!
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. 2010 Brain Awareness Week
4. Neuroscience for Kids Writing Contest
5. Summer Research Opportunity for High School Students
6. Media Alert
7. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
8. Support Neuroscience for Kids
9. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. December Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Asian Carp Killed with Rotenone
C. Hammerhead Shark Eyes: Better to See You With!
D. New Rules for NFL Players with Concussions
E. Deck the Halls with...Helmets?
F. Rise in Autism
G. Common Myths about Epilepsy
H. New 2010 Neurocalendars (February, March and April)
I. 2010 Brainy Wall Calendar
In December, 14 new figures were added and 29 pages were modified.
"How Memory Works" is great multimedia resource created by the Public Broadcasting System NOVA scienceNOW program. The show aired originally on August 25, 2009, but you can still watch portions of the program online. The main video describes the work being done on the brain of "H.M.," a man who had brain surgery that left him unable to form long-term memories. Another video demonstrates how the sea snail is used to investigate how memories are formed. The web site also has interviews with neuroscientists who study memory including a fascinating interview with Dr. Suzanne Corkin, a researcher who studied H.M. To learn more about Dr. Corkin's work, visit the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory at:
I strongly encourage you to participate in BAW. Your BAW activities do not
have to be complicated. Perhaps your class can develop a "Brain Fair" for
other students, parents and teachers. There may be neuroscientists who can
visit your class with a presentation about the brain. BAW is a time when
many neuroscientists are looking for classes to visit. The Society for
Neuroscience maintains a list of neuroscientists interested in K-12
Entries must be received by February 1, 2010!
B. The field of neuroengineering is also the cover story ("Merging Man and Machine" by Josh Fischman) in the January 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine. The article is online at:
C. The January 2010 issue of Scientific American MIND magazine is on newsstands now.
D. "In Search of Memory" is a film about Nobel-prize winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel. The film will be shown January 8-January 14 at the IFC Center in New York City. For more information about the film, see:
E. "Phineas Gage: Neuroscience's Most Famous Patient" By Steve Twomey
(Smithsonian magazine, January 2010).
B. You can walk on a street named Brain Road in the cities of Kings Mountain (North Carolina, USA), Donnelly River (Western Australia, Australia), Witham (England), Moolerr (Victoria, Australia) and Harare (Zimbabwe).
C. As many as 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease. (Source: http://www.actionalz.org/facts_figures.asp)
D. Kim Peek, the man with an incredible memory who inspired the 1988 film Rain Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, died after a heart attack on December 19, 2009. An MRI scan performed on Mr. Peek in 1988 revealed that his brain had a malformed cerebellum and was missing the corpus callosum (the large band of nerve fibers that connect the right and left cerebral hemispheres). (Source: Treffert, D.A. and Christensen, D.D., Inside the mind of a savant, Scientific American, December, 2005)
E. Saint Lucy, also known as Saint Lucia or Saint Lukia, is the patron
saint of the blind. (Source: Dhillon, N., Dua, H.S., and Singh, A.D.,
Br J Ophthalmol 93:1275, 2009)
Help Neuroscience for Kids
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.