At a glance, you can recognize a friend's face whether they are happy or sad or even if you haven't seen them in a decade. How does the brain do this — recognize familiar faces with efficiency and ease despite extensive variation in how they appear?
Amanda Thiele, a junior neuroscience major, knew she was interested in attending medical school. A trip to Ghana and shadowing at a local hospital confirmed that.
The experience was funded by the Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund, which supports underrepresented Carnegie Mellon University students to conduct summer research. It was founded by CMU Board of Trustee member Larry Jennings.
Earlier this month, Carnegie Mellon University’s Children's School hosted educators for "Inquiry Learning and Loose Parts," an evening of networking and sharing of teaching methods. Approximately 70 attendees discussed classroom investigations and demonstrated creative uses of materials, from super bubbles and worm habitats, to glow-in-the-dark beads and cardboard cities.