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  • STEM Tuesday -- Brain/Psychology -- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday — Brain/Psychology — Writing Tips & Resources
    February 20, 2024 by
    The STEM Tuesday Gods Smiled. The STEM Tuesday gods must be smiling on me. First, the monthly Writing Tips & Resources posting rotation bestowed upon me the good fortune of October’s “Spooky & Scary Science” and now January’s “Brain/Psychology” as my topics. How lucky is it that both topics land smack dab in the middle of my wheelhouse? The second example is I’ve been borderline obsessed the past few years with studying and reading about brain science, especially how it relates to cognition and creativity. Brain/Psychology as my topic landed in fertile ground.  Several of my recent posts have documented this journey. My brain became hooked on brain studies in 2021 when I read and posted about a fascinating book by neuroscientist-turned-English professor Angus Fletcher called Wonderworks. In late 2022, I posted a piece called Creative Braining inspired by a fascinating Scientific American collection, Secrets of the Mind. The collection covers some of the latest developments in brain science and...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Brain/Psychology -- In the Classroom
    STEM Tuesday — Brain/Psychology — In the Classroom
    February 13, 2024 by
    The books I read for this month covered an interesting mix of brain science and psychology.   Your Amazing Brain: The Epic Illustrated Guide by Jessica Sinarski, illustrated by Luiz Fernando Da Silva This book gives a great explanation of how the brain works. It covers many of the different functions the brain is involved in.   Cutting-Edge Brain Science by Buffy Silverman To take a brief look at how scientists study brains and to get a glimpse of the future of brain science, read this book.   Detecting Brain Disorders by Rachel Kehoe When something goes wrong with the brain, there are many ways doctors can figure out what’s happened. This book looks at these different tools.   This is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias By Tanya Lloyd Kyi; Illustrated by Drew Shannon This is a book that takes a closer look at psychology....
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Brain/Psychology -- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — Brain/Psychology — Book List
    February 6, 2024 by
        The brain is one of the most fascinating organs of the body. Here are some books that will help you understand and appreciate our brain just that little bit more.     Your Amazing Brain: The Epic Illustrated Guide by Jessica Sinarski and Luiz Fernando Da Silva Written in kid-friendly comic-book format, and using a wide range of characters, this book not only tells the reader how the brain works, but also how to make it work for you.         Psychology for Kids: The Science of the Mind and Behavior by Jacqueline B. Toner and Claire A.B. Freeland Why do we sleep? What are feelings? How do we make decisions? This book introduces children to the science of the mind. With hands-on experiments and illustrations, it is a perfect first step into the fascinating science of psychology.         Big Brain Book: How It...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Pests that Bug Us -- Author Interview
    STEM Tuesday — Pests that Bug Us — Author Interview
    January 30, 2024 by
      Welcome to STEM Tuesday: Author Interview, a fun feature for the last Tuesday of every month. Go Science-Tech-Engineering-Math! Got a little tickle in your throat? Nose running? We’re all familiar with the common cold, the ferocious flu, and all kinds of illnesses, but did you know that animals struggle with sick days, too? It’s true! In Sick!: The Twists and Turns Behind Animal Germs, Heather Montgomery explores different stories of animals getting sick: what causes it, how they get better, and what we can learn from it. Let’s take a look! Andi Diehn: I love all your examples of scientists collaborating – does this happen often in the science world? Heather Montgomery: Yes! No scientist (successfully) works in a vacuum and all scientists build on the earlier work of others. In addition to the scientists there are: managers, janitors, editors, illustrators, library researchers, dishwashers (yep, labs use a lot of...
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Mike Hays

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Mike Hays is from Kansas and is a tried and true flatlander by birth. He would most assuredly be obsessed with a statue of mysterious origins, especially if he could buy said statue on the cheap. He has worked as a molecular microbiologist for over 25 years, has coached high school sports, and writes middle-grade books. He writes from a boy point of view and hopes to spread his particular style of stupid-funny inspiration through his books, blogs and social media. His upper middle-grade historical fiction novel, THE YOUNGER DAYS, is about a family’s survival in the fallout from the violent Border War over “Bloody” Kansas.