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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.”

New Music tutor at STARS starting 3/3/15!

We are super excited to add Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet to our music opportunities. Victoria has been a big fan of Matt Rogers and we have finally worked out an opportunity for him to join us. You will find his bio below as well as contact information for him.

Matt Rogers (Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet) holds a degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University and has been teaching and performing in the D.C. area for over 20 years. He has performed with national acts including Roberta Flack, Allen Vizutti, Doc Severinsen, Travis Cottrell, Mandisa, Beth Moore-Living Proof Ministries and other nationally-known ministries. In addition, he has opened for artists including The Mighty Cloud, Salvador and Jaci Velasquez. He was the Grand Prize Winner of the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) National Instrumental Competition in 2000 (Estes Park, CO). Locally, Mr. Rogers has performed on numerous occasions at McLean Bible Church, The Falls Church Anglican, Truro Anglican Church, as well as many others, including Capital Church, his home church. Mr. Rogers specializes in all levels and styles of saxophone as well as all styles through an upper-intermediate level in flute and clarinet. Composition, arranging, & transcription instruction available. Theory, sight-reading, rhythmic training and technique building are all standard in weekly lessons. Mr. Rogers is a member of MENC and NVMTA and is VIRTUS trained and certified.

Mr. Rogers is available to teach at the STARS campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM-2PM beginning on Tuesday, 3/3/15. For your convenience, Mr. Rogers allows for a trial lesson of 45 minutes for the reduced rate of $25. Should you decide to continue, you may arrange a time to study with him at the STARS campus via email at:

Payments are monthly and will be given to Anne-Marie Mingo made out to Mr. Rogers’ company: NBW Productions, LLC, at the last lesson prior to the start of the month you are paying for. Submitting post-dated checks for us to keep on file in the office is encouraged.

If you do not already own an instrument, please contact Mr. Rogers directly for rental or purchase recommendations.

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