National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: Jan. 23-29

Every year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) creates initiatives to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse in the US. Today, until January 29, is officially “National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week,” an annual health observance that links students with scientists and other experts to offset false information about drugs and alcohol that is widely circulated from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, and friends. Among the many events taking place this week, Thursday the 26th is Chat Day, where students can go online and ask NIDA scientists about drugs and drug abuse.

On December 13, the 2016 results of NIDA’s “Monitoring the Future” (MTF) were released. The annual survey has been tracking drug, alcohol, and cigarette use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders nationwide since 1975. According to the study:

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Enter the 2017 Design a Brain Experiment Competition

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As students head into their first weeks of the school year, another round of the Design a Brain Experiment competition is upon us! We’re challenging high school students in the U.S. to use their knowledge of the brain and the scientific method of inquiry to develop innovative ideas and theories about the human brain. These original experiments should be designed to test creative theories about daily brain activity, brain disorders and diseases, and brain functions. However, students should not complete their experiments; they should view these submissions as research proposals rather than completed research.

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Winners Announced: 2016 “Design a Brain Experiment”

After nearly six months of brainstorming, researching, writing, and waiting, the moment has finally arrived: the two winners of this year’s “Design a Brain Experiment” can claim their victory!

In the fall of 2015, we asked US high school students to come up with their best proposals for a brain-related experiment and submit them to the Dana Foundation’s annual contest. As the objective was not to have a completed science experiment, submissions were judged on the ingenuity and scientific accuracy of their proposed experiments. A record number of entries were received this year, making the task of selecting our winners even more challenging for our judges.

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Design a Brain Experiment Competition Deadline

The deadline for this year’s “Design a Brain Experiment” competition is exactly one month away! On January 15, all entries will be collected for review by our team of scientific advisors, led by neuroscientist Eric Chudler, Ph.D. The past four years of the competition resulted in impressive submissions from high school students nationwide, and we are eager to see what creative ideas are proposed this year.

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Dana’s “Design a Brain Experiment” Reminder

The deadline for the Dana Foundation’s “Design a Brain Experiment” competition is January 15, 2016. With Thanksgiving next week, and winter holidays just around the corner, it’s time to get busy!

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