Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. April Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Neuroscience in the News
NAMI is a national organization dedicated to helping people affected by mental illness. The NAMI web site provides resources for people (and their friends and family) who have mental health issues.
Students doing research can also find plenty of information.about different mental health conditions such as ADHD, autism, depression, posttraumatic stress and schizophrenia. Navigate from the "Learn More" tab to "Mental Health By the Numbers" and "Infographics & Fact Sheets" for some fascinating facts and figures about mental illness.
The NAMI web site lists many outreach events, so if you would like to get
more involved, you can join NAMI-sponsored events such as walkathons and
community awareness activities.
This new show debuts on TV on May 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Seattle Time), but you can watch it anytime through the UWTV web site at:
I have also made a viewer's guide that you can use before and after you watch the program:
Many thanks to the Dean Witter Foundation and the Dana Foundation for
supporting the production of the show.
Anyone can enter the contest, but you must work with a member of the Society for Neuroscience. If you don't know a member of the Society for Neuroscience, then use the "Find a Neuroscientist" to locate one.
Your video should be professional, not too long, without complicated words, and entertaining. The first place winner will receive $1,000 plus travel, lodging and registration to the Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, CA, in November. There is prize money for the second, third and People's Choice winners too.
Contest videos must be received by June 16. For more details about the contest, visit the Society for Neuroscience web site at:
B. "Life After Almost-Death" By Amy Paturel (DISCOVER magazine, May, 2016).
C. "Why We Itch by Stephani Sutherland (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, May, 2016).
D. "How to Plug In Your Brain" by David Noonan (SMITHSONIAN magazine May,
B. The eyes of many birds take up about 50% of the volume of their skulls; the eyes of humans take up only 5% of the volume of their skulls (Source: Bonnan, Matthew F., The Bare Bones. An unconventional evolutionary history of the skeleton, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016).
C. The "medulla oblongata" gets its name from Latin words meaning "innermost" (medulla) and "rather long" (oblongata).
D. Scorpions can have as many as 12 eyes.
E. The eyelid has the thinnest skin on the entire body. (Source: Sims, M.,
Adam's Navel, New York: Viking, 2003)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.