Emerging Science

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The incidence of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) has been making headlines due to an alarming increase of cases being reported among athletes and military personnel. This episode focuses on brain injuries affecting military personnel in war zones. Dr. Matt Friedman of the National Center for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Dr. Tom McAllister of Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in New Hampshire are exploring the association between PTSD and TBI. Dr. Jom Hammack at the University of Vermont is exploring PTSD on a microscopic level.

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Episode Teacher's Guide (PDF) by Elizabeth Mirra, Springfield High School in Springfield, Vermont

Elizabeth Mirra

Elizabeth Mirra has been a Vermont educator for 13 years.  She is currently the Math & Science Instructional Coach at Springfield High School in Springfield, VT, where she works with educators on improving instruction and aligning curriculum to standards.  She has served as a Science Network Leader for the Vermont Department of Education, where she designed and carried out professional development for teachers throughout the State. During the summer, she teaches graduate courses in science best practices and science content to elementary and secondary teachers. She also works with schools throughout Vermont to align curriculum and improve science instruction and assessment.  Elizabeth has a B.S. in animal science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in science education from Castleton State College.




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