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Changing Your Mind: Drugs and the Brain

Product Developed: a museum exhibit and play for the Boston Museum of Science

Target Audience: the general public

Goal: To enhance the public's understanding of the neurobiology of drug abuse the museum exhibit, "Changing Your Mind: Drugs and the Brain" was developed in the early 1990's. It opened at the Boston Museum of Science November 29, 1994. Since then, it has traveled on a national tour before returning to the museum where it was on display for many years. The exhibit was visited by thousands of people across the nation and has had an immeasurable impact on the public's understanding of drug abuse and the brain.

Contact: Bertha Madras, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School

Neuroscience Education Through Local Television News

Product Developed: ten yearly news stories on topics about the brain and drug addiction for broadcast on local TV news stations

Target Audience: the general public

Goal: This grant developed ten yearly news stories on science topics about the brain and drug addiction for broadcast on local TV stations across America. It also developed in-depth Web materials to go with the news stores. The availability of broadcast-quality video-on-demand through the Internet is allowed Dr. Kutner to distribute neuroscience education materials not only to local television stations but also to news-oriented websites at no additional expense.

This grant is also sought to improve the coverage of neuroscience by training journalists through online courses. The courses provided background information related to the news stories being produced through the grant. The journalists who took  the courses had  little or no scientific background since most science stories for local TV and radio stations and newspapers are covered by non-specialist reporters. The National Press Foundation was a partner in these efforts.

Contact: Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
lkutner@hms.harvard.edu

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    Mentoring, A Guide for Drug Abuse Researchers publication cover

    Mentoring: A Guide for Drug Abuse Researchers

    Discusses the importance of quality mentorship in drug abuse research and offers suggestions for creating a successful mentor and mentee relationship.