Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - Thursday, June 19, 2008
In recent years the brain sciences have exploded, and many scientists now say they are beginning to understand mental processes that once seemed beyond comprehension.
Keeping up with it all and describing it accurately to the public is one of the toughest challenges facing science journalists. many have only a sketchy understanding of the basics of neurons and nervous systems. many want help in sorting out the welter of claims and counterclaims. are there really genes for specific behaviors? Can damaged brains be repaired?
To help journalists make sense of all this, the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships, with funding from the Kavli Foundation, is offering a three-day course on the basics of brain science. This will be an intensive workshop -- all day every day -- devoted primarily to lecture and discussion.