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Neuroscience Research

Three-Week Summer Science Program

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This program will cover neurobiology and neurochemistry, focusing on the components of neurons, transmission of signals and impulses, and different types of signaling molecules involved in the nervous system. Additionally, we’ll provide a detailed look at the pathways and components of the visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and somatosensory systems, then moving on to higher order processes and functions such as learning and memory, emotion, drugs and addiction, stress, and sleep. Michael Hoe, who earned his Masters of Education in Mind, Brain, and Behavior from Harvard University, returns to teach for BLI every year. Last year, Michael and the students visited multiple sites in Boston, including the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Did you know that the brain weighs only three pounds, but uses 20% of the oxygen you breathe and is more powerful than any computer on the planet?

In this program, you will learn about the three major components of neuroscience. The first, neurobiology and neurochemistry, will focus on the components of neurons, transmission of signals and impulses, and different types of signaling molecules involved in the nervous system.

Neuroscience Research takes place at our Dana Hall location in Wellesley, MA and is available to students who have completed high school biology.

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

Students do an experiment in the Neuroscience Research three-week summer science program

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Date: July 15th – August 2nd
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA

Students do an experiment in the Neuroscience Research three-week summer science program

The second part, the human neural systems, provide a detailed look at the pathways and components of the visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and somatosensory systems. 

Lastly, the third part of the course will focus on higher order processes and functions such as learning and memory, emotion, drugs and addiction, stress and sleep.
 

Mornings will consist mostly of lecture and discussion to provide context for students. The afternoons will include lab activities to help visualize processes, simulations, dissections, and case studies. There will be field trip opportunities to neuroscience laboratories and museums in the greater Boston area. 

Furthermore, students will engage in a three-week long independent research project where they will learn how to research, how to vet sources, and how to interpret academic literature providing a great pre-college experience. They will present these findings at the end of the program.

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Students will explore parts of the brain and their functions through lectures, dissection, and study of models. Case studies are used to bring the material to life as real-life stories illustrate the effects on behavior and sensory perception of individuals with missing or destroyed brain regions, such as injury or Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders. Neuroimaging techniques from EEG to FMRI and PET/SPECT are covered that provide a window into the brain enabling physicians and scientists to visualize brain activity and track states of consciousness.  
 
Last year, our teens went on a field trip at the Boston Children’s hospital to tour the facilities. They also got to speak with Dr. Susan Faja, who presented on her research regarding neuroscience in relation to understanding Autism.
Students present their research findings on a field trip in the Neuroscience Research three-week summer science program
Michael Hoe teaching Neuroscience Research three-week program

Michael Hoe

Michael Hoe has a Sc.B. in Neuroscience from Brown University. At Brown, he served as a Teaching Assistant for Neuroscience. Michael Hoe conducted research for three years at Hasbro Hospital in Rhode Island. He holds a MEd Mind, Brain, and Behavior from Harvard University. Mr. Hoe is currently a member of the science faculty at Noble and Greenough School, a top-ranked preparatory school, where he teaches or has taught AP Biology, Honor Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience and has supervised independent studies in Nutrition and Psychology. Additionally, he has coached Junior Varsity Football, Varsity Football, 3rds Boys Basketball, Junior Varsity Boys Basketball, and Junior Varsity Boys Baseball. He also serves at the Director of Academic Support to foster student success at Nobles. Mr. Hoe also serves as the Assistant Director of Residential Life and lives on campus at Nobles with his family.

Student Comments

“The neuroscience program covered the basics of brain anatomy, as well as the somatosensory system and neurological disorders. Mr. Hoe was engaging and open to answering our questions. I enjoyed our field trips to the Boston Children’s Hospital and the VA Hospital because they gave insight into different neuroscience fields.”

“I enjoyed the field trips and dissections. The teacher was extremely knowledgeable about the field and made an effort to provide students with exposure to real world development in neuroscience.”

“I really enjoyed the program because it helped me to learn about neuroscience. However, more importantly, it was a pleasure to understand that neuroscience is actually something that I would like to devote my life to.”

Students do an experiment in the Neuroscience Research three-week summer science program

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