Ed spoke to Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) about synesthesia for their BrainsOn segment about Numbers. You can find the entire story here: http://www.brainson.org/numbers/ The part about synesthesia starts at 14:47.
Ed was recently interviewed by the Sarasota Herald Tribune for a story about synesthesia, which appeared in the local Sunday edition. The story focuses on Rylie Van Ordsol, a 15 year old college sophomore who also experiences many forms of synesthesia. The article tells about how Rylie navigates college at age 15, and how her synesthesia interacts with her learning. Ed has a chance to talk about some of the basics about what we know about synesthesia, and more importantly, some of the directions that we’re taking our research examining interactions between synesthesia and learning, in the future. For more details, see the story here: Rylie VanOrsdol: Her life in colors.
Ed will be giving an informal talk this Thursday, October 10, the UW-Madison School of Education Doctoral Research Program (DRP), titled “Linking Education and Neuroscience: The Foundations of a New Field“. The talk will take place in Ed. Sciences 259, from 12:30 – 1:30.
Recently, educators, neuroscientists, policy makers, and even the general pubic have expressed a great deal of excitement about the possibility of using findings from neuroscience to improve educational outcomes. Fundamental research is examining questions like, “How do brain systems support learning?” and, “How are brains modified by educational experiences?” but it still remains unclear whether brain scans can impact lesson plans. In this talk, Dr. Hubbard will present the case for cautiously bringing these fields together to help create a new field, Educational Neuroscience. He will present some examples from his own work in understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms of basic arithmetic, and suggest some avenues for future directions.
I’m pleased to announce that a preview of the Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia, which I co-edited with Julia Simner, is now available in google books. The book (at 49 chapters and over 1100 pages long) aims to integrate the broad body of knowledge about synesthesia into one definitive state-of-the-art handbook, and has received powerful reviews from researchers and synesthetes alike.
The book itself should be available in bookstores starting in December, but a good portion of it is available currently through google books!
The Wisconsin Science Festival starts today at many locations all over the UW-Madison campus and surrounding areas. It’s a great opportunity to share the excitement and fun of science with children of all ages! As part of Science Fest, Ed will be speaking in a panel titled “The Preschool Genius” at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) at noon on Saturday. The other three panelists are Rosemarie Truglio, senior vice president of education and research at Sesame Workshop; Rachel Connolly, education director at NOVA and Anita Wager from UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
The School of Education has a nice write up about the Discover magazine article about dyscalculia that appeared in the July/August issue here. The article was initially behind Discover’s paywall, but now that it’s been out a month, it is freely available to everyone. The SOE write up highlights the importance not only of identifying dyscalculia, but also about the recent progress that is being in made in trying to help people who struggle with math learning.
Live today: Discover magazine is running a story about dyscalculia, a specific math learning difficulty that affects about 6-10% of the population. Titled How Can a Smart Kid Be So Bad at Math? the article focuses on what is known about dyscalculia and math learning difficulties more generally. The story discusses a young woman here in Wisconsin who struggles with basic arithmetic, but not with more advanced mathematics, and does a wonderful job of summarizing research conducted by Ed, and by a number of our friends around the world, including Daniel Ansari, Melissa Libertus and Justin Halberda and Anna Wilson and Stan Dehaene.
Ed will be speaking about education and synesthesia about the American Synesthesia Association in Toronto today, hosted at OCAD University. The conference brings together synesthetes, artists, musicians, and scientists to share information and ideas about synesthesia. The conference itself got a nice write up in this weeks New York Times events section.
Dani and Christina will present their project, “Numerical Understanding in Mind, Brain,and Education Relations (N.U.M.B.E.R.)” in the Bio 152 Poster session on Tuesday, May 7 from 5-7 pm – in Union South. For more details, see the Bio 152 announcement here.