Thursday, June 10, 2010

Best-Selling Author to Present the "Brain Rules" in Boise this August

The brain is an amazing thing. Think about it... How do we learn? How does sleep (or the lack thereof) affect our brain? What does stress do to the brain? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget?

Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads.

Dr. John Medina, a world-renowned biologist and author has an idea. He'll be in Boise this August, and Idaho's teachers, administrators, parents and other professionals are invited to attend a special daylong workshop, sponsored by the Idaho Coordinated School Health Program, to learn more. Coordinated School Health is a joint effort between the State Department of Education and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Dr. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist who focuses on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health. Medina holds joint affiliate faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in its Department of Bioengineering, and at Seattle Pacific University, where he is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research.

Medina has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. As the father of two boys, he has an interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children. He wrote a New York Times bestselling book, Brain Rules, which describes 12 rules -- what scientists know for sure about how our brains work -- and then offers powerful ideas that could transform the way our schools help children learn. Brain Rules is about what we know for sure, and what we might do about it.

Dr. Medina will be speaking on Brain Rules at Boise State University on Wednesday, August 4, 2010. Learn more about this event. The deadline to register is July 28.

~ Melissa M.

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