Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Here is what you will find in this issue:
1. What's New on the Neuroscience for Kids Web Pages
2. Neuroscience for Kids Page of the Month
3. Neuroscience for Kids Drawing Contest
4. Brain Awareness Week
5. Society for Neuroscience Meeting
6. Book Review
7. Small Gift Idea
8. Media Alert
9. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
11. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. November Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. FDA Tackles Tylenol: Stronger Warning Label Recommended for Common Painkiller Acetaminophen
C. Skateboarding: A Surprisingly Safe Sport
D. 2003 Daily Planner (Calendar)
E. 2003 Calendar
F. January 2003 Neurocalendar
G. Stroller Safety
H. Getting Your Bell Rung: More "Rings" Put Athletes at Risk for Severe Concussions
In November, 10 new figures were added and 56 pages were modified.
The Neuroscience for Kids "Page of the Month" for November is "The PET Brain Atlas" at:
When we talk about a PET, we don't mean a dog, cat or fish at home. Rather, PET is the abbreviation for the imaging technique that creates a "positron emission tomography" scan. The PET Brain Atlas was created by a team of physicians, scientists, illustrators, programmers and students at the Crump Institute for Biological Imaging at the University of California in Los Angeles. The web site is a great introduction to this wonderful technology.
Start your visit by clicking on "Tutorial," then select "Reading a PET
Scan." This Shockwave program will show you how to read and interpret PET
images. Enter the "Cases" page to see images of various neurological
disorders and test yourself ("Quizzes") to see if you can correctly
diagnose a patient based on a case history and PET scan. There is also a
set of illustrations of normal brain anatomy, blood vessels and ventricles
Contest prizes include books or posters from Capstone Press, Millbrook
Press, the Dana Press and the Scienceworks Museum.
I strongly encourage you to participate in BAW. Your BAW activities do not have to be complicated. Perhaps your class can develop a "Brain Fair" for other students, parents and teachers. There may be neuroscientists who can visit your class with a presentation about the brain. BAW is a time when many neuroscientists are looking for classes to visit. The Society for Neuroscience maintains a list of neuroscientists interested in K-12 education outreach. Check this list to find a neuroscientist near you:
Do you want to bring your students (grades 4-12) to the 2003 Brain Awareness Week Open House at the University of Washington on March 27, 2003? We are now accepting applications. Please complete and return the application form at:
To read about last year's BAW Open House at the University of Washington, please see:
If you cannot download the application form for the open house, contact
Dr. Chudler by e-mail: email@example.com
The web sites of the journal Nature and the Society for Neuroscience feature some of the research unveiled at the Neuroscience meeting at:
There were also opportunities for K-12 teachers at the meeting. On Saturday, the SFN Committee on Neuroscience Literacy sponsored a workshop on mental health for 40 K-12 teachers. The teachers were provided with information about mental health educational materials for the classroom and they listened to a presentation by Dr. Richard Nakamura, the acting director of the National Institute of Mental Health. The teachers also participated in hands-on workshops with ideas to bring neuroscience into the classroom. On Sunday, the teachers could attend presentations by representatives of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Center for Research Resources, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Science Foundation. These organizations discussed ways that teachers and scientists could work together to develop programs for K-12 students.
Approximately 180 high school students also had the opportunity to experience the neuroscience meeting. These students listened to presentations by three well-known neuroscientists, including a past SFN president (Dr. Donald Price) and the current SFN president (Dr. Huda Akil). Following these presentations, neuroscientist guides took the students on a tour of the main exhibit area. I think the students enjoyed seeing what neuroscience is all about.
Next year, the SFN meeting will be in New Orleans, LA, (November 8-12,
2003) and the Committee on Neuroscience Literacy is already hard at work
planning the workshops for K-12 teachers and high school students.
Ophthalmologist-author Thomas Czerner explores consciousness and free will by connecting the physiology of the brain to the mind. In a scientific yet highly readable introduction to brain research, Czerner presents recent breakthroughs in neuroscience such as moveable brain parts, the daily arrival of new neurons in the frontal lobes, and brain changes brought about by everyday experiences. These new discoveries hold amazing promise for future research and the cure of neurological disorders. The book is written in a style that blends a historical detective story with a journey to the stars. From "Off to the Wizard: Exploring a Recently Discovered Galaxy" to "The Final Chord", the gifts of science unfold with a theme: understanding content changes the way you think about thinking.
Appropriate for middle school students through high school, the 13
chapters in this book take readers on an astonishing expedition to a
galaxy fueled by science, technology and philosophy. The journey tells the
story of brain explorers including molecular biologists, computer
scientists, evolutionary psychologists, and all other neuro-type
scientists. The book draws from various disciplines and discusses methods
that may lead to cures and prevention of neurological diseases. Not only
does this book provide scientific knowledge, it teaches that knowing how
we learn can change the way we teach.
B. "Do Vaccines Cause Autism" by C. Gorman in the November 18, 2002 issue of Time Magazine.
C. "The Enigma of Huntington's Disease" by E. Cattaneo, D. Rigamonti and C. Zuccato in the December 2002 issue of Scientific American.
D. "Winging it" by K. Wright in the December 2002 issue of Discover magazine discusses how birds know where to go when they migrate.
E. "The Biology of Disgust. Oh, Yuck!" by J. Glausiusz in the December 2002 issue of Discover magazine.
F. The cover story of the December 2, 2002 issue of Newsweek magazine is titled "The Science of Alternative Medicine."
Note: Some articles from magazines are available online for a limited
time. At the time the Neuroscience for Kids newsletter was first
published, all of the links worked.
A. An estimated 180 million people world-wide are visually disabled.
B. Of those 180 million visually disabled people, between 40 and 45 million persons are blind.
C. Every five seconds one person in the world goes blind.
D. One child goes blind every minute.
E. It is estimated that more than seven million people become blind every
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.
"Neuroscience for Kids" is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center of Research Resources.