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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.”


STARS Graduation Ceremony & Reception
Saturday, June 3, 2017  at 2 pm
We will be honoring 4 graduating seniors with a Graduation Ceremony in the Church sanctuary.
A reception will immediately follow.
All of the STARS families are invited!

Prom Mixer

We will be having a PROM MIXER THURSDAY, MAY 4, 7:00-9:00 PM.


Prom on the Potomac! Come aboard the Dandy in DC!

Dandy Prom Flyer

Announcing the Northern Virginia Homeschool Prom aboard the Dandy River Boat, sponsored by Springfield Teaching and Resource Services (STARS.)

This spectacular event is scheduled for May 2, 2014. The Cruise event will include a 3-course candlelight dinner, dancing in the Dandy’s elegant ballroom, special recognition for Seniors graduating in 2014, event photographer, photo booth props, and other special prom-night surprises. An always-to-be-remembered evening will be spent with friends cruising in the moonlight on the Potomac River past the majestic monuments of our Nation’s Capital. See pictures here: http://www.dandydinnerboat.com/boat/dandy.shtml

Tickets for the Dandy Dinner Cruise on the Potomac are normally priced at $125 or more. As a special gift to our homeschooling families, tickets are specially priced at $85. Purchase of a prom ticket will admit you to three dance socials, two afternoon and one evening, scheduled to provide event instructions and an opportunity to get to know other homeschooled students who will be attending the event.

If you are still undecided about coming to Prom or won’t be able to make it to the actual event but would like to try one of the socials, tickets for those are available for $10 in advance (contact us for details). Remember, they are free for those who RSVP for the main event! Register here:

To reserve your place at the prom, please fill out the attached registration form and return it along with a check to the address enclosed. For other questions, contact STARS at dandyprom@gmail.com or call Laura at 202-562-8589.

Open House: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Interested parents and teens are welcome to attend our open house May 9th at 7pm, Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, Virginia. Meet the tutors, preview class materials, and interact with current students!

STARS features inspired instruction from top teachers in the metro area with decades of homeschooling experience to motivate your students and spark that love of learning.  Our rigorous courses include Apologia science curriculum with intensive lab work, including Physical Science, Biology, Advanced Biology, Nutrition, Chemistry, and Physics – Saxon Algebra I, Algebra II, Advanced Math, and Jacobs Geometry – Introduction to Literature, Creative Writing, World Literature, Essay Writing with SAT Prep – American History – Spanish and German language instruction – Art and Graphic Design – Knitting and Sewing – Classical Guitar and Guitar ensemble.  Tutoring is available as well in selected subjects.

STARS also organizes field trips, such as to Kennedy Center fine arts education programs and for instruction at a renowned and/or Ivy League college for a day, as well as seasonal extra-curricular events and parent support activities.

Please email Anne-Marie Mingo at nova.stars@outlook.com with questions and/or  to RSVP (appreciated but not required!).

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