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2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series:

“The Brain: It’s More Than You Think”

For Immediate Release: Feb. 7, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico)  As part of the programming associated with the new traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story  which opens Saturday Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the museum’s 2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series theme is, “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think.”

Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability or trauma. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the exhibition also showcases modern technologies that researchers use to study the brain. Brain: The Inside Story will be on exhibition from Feb. 23 through Nov. 10, 2019.

Interactives, puzzles, brain-scan imaging and spectacular models explore senses, emotions, brain development, and even brains in the future. From a real plastinated brain to dazzling art installations revealing our own perceptions, this exhibition comes alive with fascinating discussions of how our minds work.

Brain: The Inside Story exhibition will be open and runs concurrently with a separate exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration entitled Drugs: Costs and Consequences, Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause,” said Margie Marino, director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. “Each of these two exhibits presents phenomenal learning opportunities. Brain: The Inside Story invites visitors to understand how the brain functions and even participate in science-based experiences, while Drugs: Costs and Consequences explores global drug issues that trickle down to the smallest communities. Our  objective as an engaged community partner  is to help each visitor become part of the solution to make changes for the better.”

Drugs: Costs & Consequences is a traveling exhibition from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and the DEA Education Foundation. Formerly known as Target America, the exhibition has traveled to 16 cities and has been viewed by more than 22 million visitors. The exhibit will be on display daily in Albuquerque from January 26 through December 8, 2019. 

The Curator’s Coffee series is a café style program with a casual discussion. Seating is limited to 15 people,and includes coffee, light refreshments and Museum admission. Cost per person is $8 (10 percent discount for members) Preregistration is required. Register online, go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org   Questions: jayne.aubele@state.nm.us

Each lecture is held in the DynaTheater and costs: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org. Questions: jayne.aubele@state.nm.us             

 


Lecture: Peering into the Brain, What do we See?

Elaine L. Bearer, M.D., Ph.D., FAAAS, FCAP, UNM Health Sciences Center

Feb. 27, 2019 • 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The brain is a highly evolved complex opaque tissue. Join Dr. Bearer as she describes new research on how the brain works and its response to life-threatening fear and stress. Dr. Bearer is a neuropathologist, UNM School of Medicine and the Harvey Family professor in Pathology. She works on the neurobiology of mental health, studying biomarkers of trauma and abuse in children and the cause of Alzheimer Disease. Her research also includes the perception and impact of music on the brain. She is a Fellow of AAAS and the College of American Pathologists.

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Lecture: Your Brain after a Concussion

Russell Morton, Ph.D. UNM Health Sciences Center

March 27, 2019, • 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

What happens to our brains during a concussion? Join Dr. Morton as he discusses some potential therapies and management strategies to help patients with concussions. Dr. Morton is an Assistant Professor at UNM Health Science Center, Department of Neurosciences, and part of the Preclinical Core facility within the Center for Brain Recovery and Repair. He uses electrophysiology and microscopy to investigate the effects of mild traumatic brain injuries.


Lecture: The Symphony of Sleep: Sleep and the Brain

Russell Morton, Ph.D., Lisa Cutchen, M.D., Shanna Diaz, D.O.

Friday, April 12, 2019,  • 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Your brain works hard when you sleep. Join us for this special presentation about the importance of sleep to your brain health. Dr. Morton is a research assist. professor, UNM Dept. of Neurosciences. He is a neuroscientist and electrophysiologist whose research studies how the cells in our brains communicate with one another. Dr. Cutchen is a sleep specialist and assist. professor, UNM School of Medicine. She worked as a mental health counselor and is board certified in Family Practice and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Diaz is also an assist. professor, UNM School of Medicine. She is interested in improving quality of life through the treatment of sleep disorders and is board certified in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine.


Lecture: Tsunamis in the Brain

Bill Shuttleworth, Ph.D. Director, UNM Center for Brain Recovery and Repair

pril 24, 2019, • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.                                                                                                                                 

Brain tsunamis are massive waves that sweep through the brain, disrupt function and are involved in migraine, stroke, trauma and other disorders.   Dr. Shuttleworth will discuss brain research and brain tsunamis.  Dr. Shuttleworth is Director of the UNM Center for Brain Recovery and Repair, and Regents' Professor, Department of Neurosciences, UNM


Curator’s Coffee: The Emotional Brain: An Analysis of Investor Behavior

David P. Bruner, CFP®, CIMA® 

Thursday, May 9, 2019,   •  9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The way the human brain is wired affects the way we process information and how we make choices, including financial decisions. Research has shown that cognitive biases, including self-deception, can contribute to poor decision-making. Join us for this timely discussion about the brain and finance. David Bruner is First Vice President – Wealth Management Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Management Program, UBS Financial Services Inc.


Lecture: Alcohol, Genes, and the Brain: The Latest Science and Dispelling Myths

Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D.  UNM Department of Psychology

May 22, 2019, • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join Dr. Witkiewitz for an overview of the latest science on why humans tend to enjoy alcohol, its effects on the brain and prevention and treatment options for alcohol use disorder. Dr. Witkiewitz is a Regents’ Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Witkiewitz has written 5 books, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and has worked extensively on the development of interventions to treat addiction.


Curator’s Coffee: New Concepts in Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Cognitive Impairment                                                                                              

Gary Rosenberg, M.D., Director UNM Center for Memory and Aging

Thursday, June 6, 2019, • 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.                                                                                          

Dr. Rosenberg is one of the nation’s leading researchers in vascular dementia, researching biomarkers for the early identification of types of dementia in order to assess results of treatment trials. He will discuss the importance of controlling high blood pressure and other vascular risk factors in prevention of dementia, and new treatments that he and others are developing to slow the onset of cognitive decline. Dr. Gary Rosenberg is Professor of Neurology at UNM Health Sciences Center. He is the former chair of the Neurology Department and is currently the Director of the UNM Center for Memory and Aging, which is the only center dedicated to diagnosing, treating and doing research that will impact the growing population, estimated to be over 43,000, of people in New Mexico who have some form of dementia.


Link to this release & image(s): http://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/883/2019-curators-coffee-series-the-brain-it

Media contact: Kat Andersen, kat.andersen@state.nm.us, 505-670-8060

About: Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org), in collaboration with Codice. Idee per la cultura, Torino, Italy in association with Comune di Milano – Assessorato Cultura, Italy; Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou, China; and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.

 

About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org. Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other  divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.


Museum Hosts The ‘Meth Mouth’ Syndrome:

Oral Effects of Methamphetamine Use

For Immediate Release: Feb. 5, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- As part of the programming associated with the current exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Drugs: Costs & Consequences Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is hosting a lecture on the Oral Effects of Methamphetamine Use: The “Meth Mouth” Syndrome.

The presentation featuring graphic images of dental disease will be given by Stephen Wagner, D.D.S., M.S. and Charles Tatlock, D.D.S. MPH at the Museum Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Doctors Wagner and Tatlock are nationally recognized experts in the research and treatment of patients with ‘meth’ mouth; and were some of the first to alert their profession to the deteriorating physical changes that occur with long-term use. Dr. Wagner’s dental images have been published in medical and dental textbooks and used by The New York Times, ABC News, The Discovery Channel and Newsweek.

Dr. Wagner is currently in his 40th year of private practice in Albuquerque, where he grew up. He earned his DDS degree from the University of Southern California and prosthodontic training from MD Anderson Hospital, Houston, TexasDr. Tatlock is a Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico Department of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine. He earned his DDS degree from Baylor/Texas A&M and MPH (master’s in public health) from UNM.

The event is at at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science.  

Cost: $8  (10% discount for members).

Preregistration required.    Limited seats. For more information email jayne.aubele@state.nm.us

Image: Meth-A-Morphosis, Courtesy teen.drugsabuse.gov

Link to this release & image: http://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/882/museum-hosts-the-meth-mout...

Media contact: Mary Ann Hatchitt, 505-681-4014, mahatchitt@outlook.com

About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org. Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other  divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.

 


Media Advisory: News Conference scheduled for Drugs: Costs & Consequences exhibition at

NM Museum of Natural History & Science

 

Note to file for Thursday, February 21, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico)  -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is hosting a news conference to discuss the Drugs: Costs & Consequences exhibition currently on display through Fall, 2019.  The news conference will be in the Museum atrium, then proceed to tour the Drugs: Costs & Consequences exhibition.

The news conference is at Noon, Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Museum Director Margie Marino and others from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will speak and answer questions.

For further information on the Drugs: Costs & Consequences exhibition follow these links:

Drugs: Costs and Consequences &   Brain: The Inside Story Exhibitions Come to Albuquerque in 2019

http://media.newmexicoculture.org/media_admin/releases.update.php

SAMHSA, through DEA, to Reimburse Costs of Student Field Trip Transportation to Drugs: Costs & Consequences Exhibition

http://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/851/dea-to-reimburse-cost-of-student-field-t

Drugs: Costs & Consequences Steering Committee

http://media.newmexicoculture.org/media_admin/releases.update.php

Lecture on Meth Mouth Syndrome:

http://media.newmexicoculture.org/media_admin/releases.update.php

Meet Jesus Malverde: Patron Saint of Drug Lords:

http://media.newmexicoculture.org/media_admin/releases.update.php

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Watch a short video about Drug Misuse in New Mexico, or click  (https://www.wakeup-nm.com) for detailed information about the problem, finding treatment, or getting involved.  You can also take a quick Opioid Test to see what you already know about opioids, learn more about opioid awareness education at Operation Prevention,  watch a short video about the connection between prescription medications misuse and heroin addiction, learn about the science of addiction via this self paced module, or check out Classroom Resources and talk with your child’s school about intergrading this FREE curriculum to really make a difference in your community.

About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org. Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other  divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.

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