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Vol. LXII, No. 9
April 30, 2010
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NINDS’s Major Helps 4th Graders Explore the Brain

Dr. Eugene Major of NINDS talks with a 4th grade class at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard, Ill.

Dr. Eugene Major of NINDS talks with a 4th grade class at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard, Ill.

Dr. Eugene Major, chief of the NINDS Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience, recently visited William Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard, Ill., to speak with his 10-year-old granddaughter Emily Quirk’s class about the brain.

The class was delighted to meet a working scientist, a sort of mysterious profession to them, and had their hands raised the whole time, eager to participate. Some of the questions the students asked included: How big is the brain? Why does it have so many parts? How can the brain get fixed if doesn’t work right? How does it all fit together?

During his hour-long conversation with the students, Major not only answered their questions but also handed out small toy brains and copies of the NINDS brochure Know Your Brain.

“The most memorable part of the day was the kids’ extraordinary enthusiasm to learn about science,” he said. “And of course the huge proud smile on Emily’s face when the class told her she had an awesome grandpa.”—

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