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Neuroscience and Society: The Meditating Brain (9/28/17)

Below is an announcement about the next event in the ongoing neuroscience series, Neuroscience and Society, sponsored by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation. STARS students are invited to go as an extracurricular STEM opportunity. This is a free, catered event hosted down the street from the Spy Museum at the AAAS Headquarters in D.C. Register here

Sara Lazar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Harvard Medical School

Andrew B. Newberg, M.D
Director of Research, Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital

Chris Streeter, M.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine

“From contemplation to prayer, forms of meditation exist in every society. Now, using up-to-date technologies, these ancient practices are being increasingly studied by neurologists. Although learning to meditate—to turn off all distractions—is no easy task, the advertised benefits claim it to be worthwhile. Such alleged benefits include the “calming” of neurotransmitters, beating addiction, and even building a bigger brain. Published studies argue that meditation can produce structural alterations in the brain and may even slow the progress of certain age-related atrophy. Similarly, some yoga advocates claim that the practice, which is explored as a treatment for major depressive disorders, expands mental faculties. Further, prayer, according to the Huffington Post, can help dissuade impulsive actions. Neuroimaging technologies are revealing changes in blood flow to areas of the brain, indicating more activity. This program will explore the neurological bases of these claims, if any, by explaining how the mind and body talk with one another during the acts of meditation, yoga, and prayer. ”


AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
September 28, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Eastern Time

STEM Lecture Series: Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefing

Below is a new STARS STEM extra curricular opportunity:

“The American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology,
and the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation
In cooperation with the
Invite you to a briefing on
Understanding and Minimizing Sports-Related Brain Injuries
September 14, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 
2060 Rayburn House Office Building
Lunch will be provided
Repeated concussions and other sports-related brain injuries have attracted public attention recently.  The Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, in partnership with the American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation, will present a briefing that explores our current understanding of sports-related injuries and research efforts aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of these injuries on the human brain.
The briefing will feature Dr. Ann McKee, a Professor of Neurology & Pathology at Boston University and Chief of Neuropathology at VA Boston Healthcare System, who is a renowned brain researcher and one of the leading authorities on TBI and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the nation. In a recent publication, Dr. McKee and others report that of the 111 donated brains of former National Football League players, all but one had evidence of CTE.
The briefing will also feature Noel Heiks, CEO of MVTRAK a company that designs wearable sports monitoring technologies that provide athletes who play contact sports with feedback on concussion risk. The company was founded by Cindy Parlow Cone, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion who retired at 24 due to post-concussion syndrome. Ms. Cone will share her story and her advocacy efforts related to reducing head injury in youth soccer via video presentation. 
This is one in a series of Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefings that seek to promote a better understanding of how the brain develops, functions, and ages.  The Caucus also seeks to raise awareness about the millions of Americans afflicted with neurological disorders or mental illnesses. 
This widely-attended event complies with all appropriate regulations. Please RSVP to Megan Anderson Brooks at mbrooks@dc-crd.com or 202-484-1100.”

HOMEWORK WARS: Help! Educational Seminar

September 21, 2017 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. RSVP Online Form

Help for your STRUGGLING STUDENTS and the HOMEWORK WARS that disrupt your homeschool. You are invited to this important event sponsored by the Springfield Teaching and Resource Services (STARS).

Veteran homeschool parents will share their experiences overcoming educational challenges due to visual and auditory processing delay, problems with ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Asperger’s and learning styles that are problematic in the classroom environment.

We also will have Dr. Chris Ogilvie discuss the role of nutrition in the health and feeding of the mind of the struggling learner. https://integrativehealthcenterofvirginia.com

Chuck Hinshaw, COVT will discuss visual processing and the importance of the eyes working together with the brain for learning. http://www.virginiavisiontherapycenter.com

Don Hollenbeck from Learning RX will discuss the value cognitive skills training and how it can help the brain to think, read, learn, remember, and pay attention better. http://www.learningrx.com/fairfax/

*Tentative*: Al Nestor will share his wisdom with us on how to develop well-rounded, healthy adults from his many years of counseling. http://franconiafamily.com/about.html

And much more!

Where: Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150.

Please RSVP through this form below and/or email nova.starsloveslearning@gmail.com.

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