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. Back to School Neuroscience Postcards
4. Smelly Gas Bill
5. Drawing Contest Ideas
6. Help Needed From Neuroscience for Kids Readers in India 7. Media Alert
8. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
9. Email Changes
10. Support Neuroscience for Kids
11. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. August Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Bug Off! Natural Chemicals Identified to Repel Mosquitoes
C. Brain Awareness Week 2011
In August, 6 new figures were added and 32 pages were modified.
The Zoomable Human Brain Atlas is a fun way to learn your way around the brain. To create the atlas, Dr. Georg Striedter, a professor at the University of California (Irvine), used images from the Yakovlev-Haleem Collection, a group of brain specimens housed at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
The brains were cut ("sectioned") in the coronal, horizontal and sagittal planes and stained using either a cresyl violet stain to see neuronal cell bodies or a Loyez stain to see myelinated axons. In "menu driven mode" of the web site, click on a brain section to open a new window with that brain image. Play with the controls to zoom in on the brain to see more detail. A few brain structures are also labeled. To see a new section in this mode, click on Display Options, Image, Open, and then select a new brain section. In "slide show mode," you can scroll through an entire brain in one plane. However, there are no labels when you use slide show mode.
You can explore the Zoomable Human Brain Atlas for a long time, but don't
My house does not use natural gas, so I will not get a bill with a blast
to my olfactory system.
A. "My brain helps me ________." (Kindergarten to grade 2)
B. "Brain Fitness: I keep my brain healthy by ______." (Grades 3-5)
C. "My brain is like a _______ because _________. (Grades 6-8)
D. "Brain research is important because________." (Grades 9-12)
The 2010-2011 Neuroscience for Kids drawing contest could keep these same
themes or they could change. If you have an idea to use as a new theme
for the contest, please let me know (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The translation was made in 2008 and used the Baraha Telugu font that supports several Indian languages including Kannada, Devanagari, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Bengali, and Oriya. Although I have visited India several times and my parents lived in India for five years, I do not speak or read any of these languages and do not know if this Neuroscience for Kids translation is accurate.
Are there any newsletter readers who understand any of these languages?
Can you tell me what language was used in the translation? Is the
translation accurate? Please let me know (email@example.com) and I
will report my findings to other newsletter readers next month.
B. "Robot Pills" by Paolo Dario and Arianna Menciassi (Scientific American, August, 2010).
C. "A Bigger, Better Brain" by Maddalena Bearzi and Craig Stanford (American Scientist, September-October, 2010) discusses chimpanzee and dolphin intelligence.
D. A new issue of Scientific American MIND (September, 2010) is on newsstands with the articles "Inside the Mind of a Psychopath" by Kent A. Kiehl and Joshua W. Buckholtz, "Cubicle, Sweet Cubicle" by S. Alexander Haslam and Craig Knight, "Mapping the Mind" by Allan R. Jones and Caroline C. Overly, "Smart Jocks" by Steve Ayan, "The World at Our Fingertips" by Derek Cabrera and Laura Colosi and "Hands in the Air" by Susan Goldin-Meadow.
E. "Thinking Like A Chimpanzee" by Jon Cohen (Smithsonian magazine, September, 2010).
F. GRANTS for K-12 teachers! Target will award 5,000 grants of $700 each to schools to use for field trips. Perhaps teachers can think of a neuroscience related field trip or a visit to a Brain Awareness Week event. Applications are due by September 30, 2010. For more information about these grants, see:
B. As a treatment for headache, the 10th century astronomer and physician Ali ibn Isa recommended binding a dead mole to the head of the patient. (Source: Koehler, P.J. and Boes, C.J., A history of non-drug treatment in headache, particularly migraine, Brain, doi:10.1093/brain/awq170, 2010.)
C. In the United States, 4,700 people sustain a traumatic brain injury every day. This is equal to 3 people each minute! (Source: Scudellari, M., Brain, interrupted, The Scientist, July 2010, p. 37-41.)
D. Members of the Gosuite, a Native American tribe, ground black widow spider eggs onto the tips of their arrows to make them more dangerous when they hunted. (Source: Grice, G., The Red Hourglass. Lives of the Predators, New York: Dell Publishing, 1998.)
E. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that
helmets saved the lives of 1,829 motorcyclists in 2008. (Source: NHTSA,
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.