HAPPY NEW YEAR from Neuroscience for Kids
Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. December Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Red or Green Fire Trucks: Which are Safer?
C. Bicycle Helmets Recalled
In December, 18 new figures were added and 28 pages were modified.
Neurology Now is an official publication of the American Academy of
Neurology (AAN). The magazine is written for patients and caregivers, but
anyone interested in research and treatment of neurological disorders will
find the information useful. In addition to an online version of the
current issue magazine, the web site has an archive to past issues, links
to other AAN resources, podcasts and videos.
The deadline to receive entries is February 1, 2015. Good luck to
The Brain Awareness Week Open House will include an interactive group assembly about the brain and hands-on exhibits that highlight different aspects of brain research. The Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the University of Washington Husky Union Building (Seattle, WA). Because of the high interest in the Open House and limited space available, we must restrict the number of people who can attend. Additional information (parking instructions, etc.) will be sent to the classes that are selected to attend.
For more information about UW BAW Open House, contact Dr. Eric H. Chudler (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the UW BAW web page at:
If you would like to attend the Open House, please complete the online application located at:
Those teachers and classes selected to attend the Open House will be
notified no later than February 1, 2015. Register early - space fills up
For more information about the camp and online registration, see:
This camp is sponsored by my Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience program.
This workshop is sponsored by my Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience
As part of the CSNE education program, where I am the Executive Director, high school students, high school teachers, and undergraduate students have the opportunity to join research laboratories during the summer of 2015 on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington. For more information, including requirements and application materials, please visit:
B. "The Acoustic World of Harbor Porpoises" by Magnus Wahlberg, Meike Linnenschmidt, Peter Madsen, Danuta Wisniewska, and Lee Miller (AMERICAN SCIENTIST, January-February, 2015).
C. "When the Cause of Stroke Is Cryptic" by David Kent and David Thaler (AMERICAN SCIENTIST, January-February, 2015).
D. Many neuroscientific discoveries made the top 100 stories of 2014 selected by DISCOVER magazine including: Schizophrenia Study Finds New Genetic Links (#11), Stem Cells Make Insulin, Restore Retinas (#12), Building the Mouse Brain Mega Map (#18) The Best Brain Model Yet (#22), A Sensitive Advance in Prosthetics (#40), How Was My Childhood? I Forget (#52), Can Vitamin D Prevent Alzheimer's Disease? (#65), The Brain's Consciousness Kill Switch (#68), Elephants Recognize Humans By Voice (#70), From the Mouths of Babes (#75), Plotting the Pattern of Emotion (#78), Fly Inspires Better Hearing Aids (#79), Want a Better Brain? Sleep On It (#83), A Jolt for Dull Thoughts (#92), The Nose Knows More Than We Thought (#99).
E. The new issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND (January/February 2015 Issue) has articles about burnout, autism, addiction, happiness, eye tracking and women in science.
F. Last month, Science Centre Singapore opened a new exhibit titled "Tuning in: Brain and Body." The exhibit uses art, imaging and interactive activities to help visitors explore the brain. See:
The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA) also has a new exhibit titled "Your Brain"; see:
G. Free Coursera courses: i. "Medical Neuroscience" taught by Dr. Leonard E. White starts on January 5, 2015; join here:
ii. "Visual Perception and the Brain" taught by Dr. Dale Purves starts on January 7, 2015; join here:
B. Pioneering neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramon y Cajal wrote science fiction books using the name "Dr. Bacteria." (Source: Otis, L., Ramon y Cajal, a pioneer in science fiction, Int. Microbiol., 4:175-178, 2001.)
C. The term "brainwashing" emerged during the Korean War. The word comes from the Chinese phrase "xi nao" that means "to wash the brain." (Source: Steinmetz, S., There's A Word for It. New York: Harmony Books, 2010.)
D. The olfactory bulb of a shark makes up to 3-14% of its total brain mass. (Source: Helfman, G. and Burgess, G.H., Sharks. The Animal Answer Guide. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.)
E. 2014 Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist May-Britt Moser wore a dress with a grid cell pattern to the award ceremony. See the dress at: http://www.matthewhubble.com/Nobel_Laureate_May-Britt_Mosers_Dress.html
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.