Month: October 2019

Education for Girls Equals Global Growth Plus a Better World

There are 263 million youth worldwide who are not in school. That’s one in every five — a figure that has barely changed over the past five years. Of the 263 million youth worldwide who aren’t in school, 70 percent of them are girls. In developing countries, only one out of every four girls attends school.

Expanding Mental Health in Pakistan

Khusro Elley is the director of a psychiatric hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, which provides free treatment for the mentally ill. A former vice president of Ethan Allen furniture who has devoted himself to philanthropy, Elley opened a small nonprofit rehabilitation center for psychiatric patients in summer 2010.

For Healthier Minds: An Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein is the current president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF), a global nonprofit organization. Since 1987, they have awarded more than $380 million to over 5,500 grants, given to over 4,500 scientists to study brain and mental health disorders.

Neurons and Neighborhoods: Brain Awareness in Inner-City Schools

When talking about the American public school system, it seems inevitable that the topic of inner-city schools will come up — whether it be as a starting point for the best way to reform education or held up as a sign of the failures of public schools to serve their students’ individual needs.

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness: An Interview with Joe Pantoliano

Actor Joe Pantoliano, aka “Joey Pants” to friends and colleagues, vividly remembers the first time he experienced stigma around mental illness. After being diagnosed with clinical depression, Pantoliano — best known for playing the character Ralph Cifaretto on “The Sopranos” — went to work

Know Your Brain: The Thalamus — Shifting Focus

This process involves a pathway between the basal ganglia of the brain to a region called the thalamus, which famed geneticist Francis Crick referred to as the “brain’s gatekeeper” back in 1984. No exact mechanism was found to support this theory, however, until neuroscientist Michael Halassa looked

Why Laughter Is No Laughing Matter (For Your Health)

Laughter does have some positive psychological, physiological, and immunological impacts on our health, according to researchers. In fact there’s even a term for the study of laughter and laughing and the examination of its effects on the human body: “gelotology” — from the Greek gelos — meaning laughter.

Education for the Real World: 6 Great Ideas for Parents and Teachers

A renewed national focus on learning is vital to our future. “Brain considerate” home and school learning environments seek to soften the artificial academic borders that were initially created to make instruction and testing less complicated, making learning more difficult in the process.

3 Quandaries of Getting Really Old

In the college classes I teach, students are concerned about what happens in what they call “old age.” Of course the best answer is, “It surely beats the alternative.” But often, that’s not enough. Some students actually express the desire to die relatively young — as young as 50! (Which will seem old to them

On Expectations

What does the future hold for me? We often ask ourselves this question in our adolescent years, when we experience a sudden avalanche of expectations. How is your GPA? What college will you go to? Are you going down the right career path, and perhaps later, are you happy doing what you do?

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