Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Make up your Mind!

It's time again to start thinking about the holidays!

I recently received my postcard for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) 2008 Holiday Lectures on Science. This is another of an annual series of telecast lectures on current topics in the health sciences.

These lectures feature important scientists, including Nobel laureates, explaining cutting-edge topics in science. This year's lecture series:

These lectures feature Eric Kandel and Thomas Jessell of Columbia University. HHMI states that these lecturers "will help us understand how the nervous system turns an idea into action—from the complex processing that takes place in the brain to the direct marching orders the spinal cord gives to the muscles. Modern neuroscience equates mind with the organ we call the brain, an astounding network more than 100 billion neurons connected in a vast complicated web. The presenters will help us puzzle out how the brain is organized and identify the seat of human memory. The question of understanding how the brain functions is rivaled by the question of how such a complex network of cells develops in the first place."

For a summary of the four lectures click here and for a schedule of the lecture telecasts click here.

You can register your class for the live webcasts on December 4 and 5 . . . or view the on-demand webcast after December 9. They'll be made available on FREE DVDs in spring of 2009.

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