[FUN_Mail] FW: Supporting High School Neuroscience Research

Herzog, Erik herzog at wustl.edu
Tue Jul 25 09:47:43 EDT 2017

Dear FUN,

This note from an outstanding high school teacher in the Chicago area asks for suggested experiments on invertebrates that can be used for hypothesis-driven neuroscience with high school students.  Do you have suggested experiments (e.g. On flies or worms) or resources for him?  In addition, he seeks neuroscientists in the Chicago area interested in meeting his students.

Best wishes,
Erik Herzog
Co-Director, Washington University Neuroscience Graduate Program
Director, ENDURE: St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline
Erik Herzog               ph: 314.935.8635
Dept. of Biology       Lab: 314.935.5214
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Washington Univ.    herzog at wustl.edu
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From: Kyle Leonard <kleonard6 at cps.edu<mailto:kleonard6 at cps.edu>>
Date: Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:53 PM
To: Erik Herzog <herzog at wustl.edu<mailto:herzog at wustl.edu>>
Subject: Supporting High School Neuroscience Research

To whom this may concern,

My name is Kyle Leonard, and I am a high school biology teacher at George Washington High School in Chicago, Il. I am reaching out to create long-term connections with professionals who both conduct and support neuroscience research at the high school level.

A bit of context: I teach higher level biology to high school seniors who are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at my school. Per the program requirements, each student must conduct a thorough laboratory investigation of their choice to pass my course and receive college credit (score depending). Last year I incorporated basic neurobiology and behavior concepts into my curriculum, and naturally students wanted to complete their lab conducting a neuroscience investigation (which are limited to invertebrate and non-invasive human experiments). Unfortunately, I do not possess the proper materials for students to collect meaningful quantitative data through a neuroscience lens, which means I had to turn down their proposals.

Partnering with a neuroscience advocating professional/organization could bring these possibilities into my classroom and allow my students to explore the wonders of the brain through true inquiry. More importantly, this exposure could be the defining factor that pushes my students into pursuing a STEM career, which underprivileged students from the south side of Chicago seldom experience.

If you are interested in connecting with my students please do not hesitate to call or send an email, my contact information is below. Thank you for your time, I look forward to discussing any inquiries at your convenience.


Kyle Leonard

Biology Teacher, George Washington High School
Kleonard6 at cps.edu<mailto:Kleonard6 at cps.edu>
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