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 - Results
5. Olympic Protection
6. PBS Teachers Innovation Award
7. Book Review
8. Media Alert
9. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
10. Support Neuroscience for Kids
11. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. February Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Most US Teens are Sleep Deprived
C. Paper Linking Vaccines to Autism Retracted
In February, 2 new figures were added and 31 pages were modified.
The 2010 Neuro Film Festival is a video competition sponsored by the
American Academy of Neurology Foundation. Although the deadline to submit
videos has passed, you can watch the short films and vote for your
favorite ones online. The videos cover a wide range of brain disorders
and many tell personal stories of people affected by neurological
Here in Seattle (WA), 600 students will be on campus for the University of Washington BAW Open house. The students will start with an interactive presentation about the brain and then work with hands-on exhibits set up by local neuroscientists. Exhibits include EEG machines, measurements of brain blood flow, crafts, sensory testing, and real brain specimens.
Show your BRAINY spirit:
To judge the contest, I read all 646 poems and selected 10 finalists in
each grade level (Kindergarten-grade 2; grade 3-5; grade 6-8; grade 9-12).
Winners, at least three in each grade level, were chosen by 11 judges.
Check the Neuroscience for Kids web site in November for the start of a
new Neuroscience for Kids Drawing Contest!
The contest rules are available at:
You need to submit your entry soon because the deadline is March 12, 2010.
Reading Level: High school and above.
"So You Want to Be a Scientist?" is the best book I have ever read that provides information to people considering a career in science. The author, Dr. Schwartzkroin, a neuroscientist at the University of California (Davis), provides readers with the inside story of becoming a scientist and he details the challenges and rewards of being a scientist. The book is filled with practical advice about getting the right education, choosing the proper graduate school and laboratory, how to think like a scientist, writing research papers and grant applications and giving talks. The book also discusses ethical issues that new and established scientists are likely to face as they work in different research environments and the role that scientists play in society. Each chapter ends with "Real-Life Problem" boxes that pose a dilemma; Dr. Schwartzkroin then considers several possible solutions to the problem.
If you are thinking about becoming a scientist, then "So You Want to Be A
Scientist" is a book you must read.
B. "The Brain's Dark Energy Brain" by Marcus E. Raichle is the cover story of the March 2010 issue of Scientific American. This article discusses how activity in specific areas of the brain may help us understand neurological disorders and consciousness.
C. The March/April 2010 issue of Scientific American Mind magazine is on newsstands now. Articles in this magazine include: The Power to Persuade, A Sensory Fix for Problems in School, The Pluses of Getting It Wrong, Busting Big Myths in Popular Psychology, The Brain and the Written Word, New Hope for Battling Brain Cancer, and Are You Mentally Healthy?
D. "East Brain, West Brain" by Sharon Begley (Newsweek magazine, March 1, 2010) discusses how culture shapes the brain and how the meaning of scientific results from Westerners may have to be reconsidered.
E. "Fish Oil Is No Snake Oil" by Amber Angelle (Discover magazine, March, 2010) discusses how fish oil may be good for the heart and brain.
F. The Cunningham Dax Collection is an exhibit of artwork created by people who have experienced mental illness or psychological trauma. The collection is available for viewing Wednesday through Sunday in Parkville, Victoria (Australia).
G. "Landscapes of the Mind" is a museum exhibit featuring art inspired by
neuroscience at the Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, MA). The
exhibit runs until May 2, 2010.
B. Hawaii is the only state in the US that produces coffee, a major source of caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant. (Source: http://www.hawaiicoffeeassoc.org/)
C. Some deep-sea fish have tubular eyes with each eye having two retinas. The retina on the side of the eye focuses distant objects; the other retina at the base of the eye is used to see near objects. (Source: Creatures of the Deep by Erich Hoyt, Buffalo (NY): Firefly Books, 2001.)
D. The seahorse is the only fish that has a neck. (Source: Scales, H., Poseidon's Steed, New York: Gotham Books, 2009.)
E. The vermis is a part of the cerebellum. The word "vermis" comes from
Latin meaning "worm."
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.