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In light of the difficulties schools are facing due to COVID-19 in the 2020-21 school year, we understand that extracurricular activities can take the backseat. However, exploring science can still happen within an online or hybrid school model. This year, the Vermont Brain Bee presents our VIRTUAL BRAIN CLUB, a weekly statewide neuroscience session to supplement local neuroscience clubs. Meetings happen over zoom on Tuesdays starting 9/29, from 3:45 to 5:00.
Our sessions will be based on the topics covered in the February Brain Bee, but are predominantly a fun way to learn and connect with others who love neuroscience as much as you do! Meetings will include an overview of topics and their applications, input from experts, games, questions, and more!
Schedule and Topics
Topics Based on the “Brain Facts” book
Senses and the Basics #1. Meeting September 29, 2020 -Introductory Session : Basic Brain Anatomy -Brain Facts Chapter 1 #2. Meeting October 6, 2020 -How Neurons Communicate: The action potential and synapses Special Guest: Elise Prehoda, 2014 VBB alum; 2019 UVM B.S. in Neuroscience; current 1st yr, UVM Medical student at Larner College of Medicine, VBB volunteer 2017-2020. #3. Meeting October 13, 2020 -Senses: Vision, Hearing, Chemoreception (gustatory and olfactory) and pain reception -Brain Facts Chapter 2 Special Guest: David Eagleman, renowned neuroscientist and author of newly published “Livewired” from Stanford University. Movement and Development #4. Meeting October 20, 2020 -Motor System and Movement -Brain Facts Chapter 3, Special Guest: Molly Hurd, BS, Neuroscience,UVM, 2019; MS, Pharmacology, UVM, 2020; currently Lab technician at UVM that studies serotonin in the enteric nervous system; VBB volunteer, 2019, 2020as a member of NuRhoPsi. #5. Meeting October 27, 2020 -Memory and Thinking: The Limbic System and the Neocortex -Brain Facts Chapters 4&5 The Brain and Its Environment #6. Meeting November 3, 2020 -Brain Development: Childhood, Adolescent, and Aging -Brain Facts Chapters 6-8 #7. Meeting November 10, 2020 -Brain States: Sleep, wakefulness, and dreams -Brain Facts Chapter 9 #8. Meeting November 17, 2020 -Fight, Flight, and Reactions: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System -Brain Facts Chapter 10 Special Guest: Molly Hurd, BS, Neuroscience,UVM, 2019; MS, Pharmacology, UVM, 2020; currently Lab technician at UVM that studies serotonin in the enteric nervous system; VBB volunteer, 2019,2020 as a member of NuRhoPsi. Nervous System Injuries and Disorders #9. Meeting December 6, 2020 -Psychiatric and Childhood Disorders -Brain Facts Chapters 11&12 Special Guest: Sharon Leach, Neuropsychologist; Feyza Basoglu, Child Psychiatrist #10. Meeting December 15, 2020 -Brain Injury and Addiction -Brain Facts Chapters 13&14 Special Guest: Sharon Leach, Neuropsychologist; Feyza Basoglu, Child Psychiatrist #11. Meeting January 5, 2021 -Neurodegenerative Disorders -Brain Facts Chapter 15 Unit 6: Beyond the Brain #12. Meeting January 12, 2021 -Neuroscience Research -Brain Facts Chapter 16 Special Guest: Kameron Clayton, PhD, Neuropsychologist #13. Meeting January 19, 2021 -Relevance of Neuroscience in Human Society -Brain Facts Chapters 17&18 Brain Bee Boot Camp – Saturday, January 23, 2021 #14. Final Review Session February 3, 2021 Vermont Brain Bee: Saturday, February 13, Keynote Speaker – Dr. Gary Mawe, “The Little Brain and the Gut”