Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. February Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. New "In the News" page
How would you like to have a Harvard University neuroscience course right at your fingertips? And how about if the course was free? Such a resource is available at this month's "Site of the Month."
Click on "Enter Course" (upper right side) to begin. You may be asked to register (for free), but you can enter as a guest too. After you enter the course, you can navigate around the site using the menu on the left side. "Course Info" has information about the materials including frequently asked questions and the syllabus. To get to the actual course materials, click on "Lessons," then click on either "Course Map" or "List View." The Course Map provides a recommended sequence of pages and List View displays all of the materials on a single page.
The site is filled with videos, readings, interactive demonstrations,
quizzes and exams to help you learn basic neuroscience. In my opinion,
"The Fundamentals of Neuroscience" is one of the best examples of online
neuroscience education available.
The poetry contest was so interesting to some students that they decided to get their whole school involved. Here is a note from Ms. Lauren Grace who works at Monarch Global Academy:
"Students at Monarch Global Academy in Glen Burnie, Maryland are hosting their own poetry contest, inspired by the Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest. A small group of students in grades K through 6, participated in the official contest. The students really enjoyed using the Neuroscience for Kids site to research the brain. They tapped into their creative sides to create poems they were proud of. They had so much fun that, after the official contest finished, students decided to host their own poetry contest.
"Students will be sharing the Neuroscience for Kids website with the rest
of the school, as a tool to build their knowledge about the brain.
Writers will then submit their poems to the student judges who will be
looking for creativity and content related to the brain. We hope that our
contest will inspire more kids to take an interest in neuroscience!"
For more information about the camp and online registration, see:
This camp is sponsored by my Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience program.
B. "Brain Damage" by Maiken Nedergaard and Steven A. Goldman (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, March, 2016) describes how the brain clears discarded proteins.
C. "The Visual World of Infants" by Russell D. Hamer and "Angiogenesis, Aging, and Alzheimer's Disease" by Charles T. Ambrose (AMERICAN SCIENTIST, March-April, 2016).
D. "The Alzheimer's Pill" by Alice Park is the cover story of the February
22-29, 2016, issue of TIME magazine. This issue also has the article
titled "Why Schools are Struggling to Let Students Sleep In" by Alexandra
B. Approximately 34.8% of the adult population of the United States does not get enough sleep: these people get less than 7 hours of sleep each night. (Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Prevalence of Healthy Sleep Duration among Adults - United States, 2014, February 19, 2016 / 65(6);137-141.
C. Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist John Eccles was knighted in 1958.
D. Greek philosopher Aristotle said: "Speech is the representation of the mind, and writing is the representation of speech"
E. Approximately 50% of all people in the US over the age of 65 years
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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.