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The Neurobiological Learning Society (NLS)
2009
c/o Intercultural Communications College
1601 Kapiolani Blvd #1000
Honolulu, HI 96814 USA
Phone/FAX/mssg 808-941-3927
Email: nlshawaii1@gmail.com

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A private, incorporated, state and federally-recognized non-profit, membership-based educational society dedicated to fostering the theory, methodology, ideals and concepts of neurobiologically-based, transformative learning and instruction throughout the world

NLS meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of each month (except national holidays) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Intercultural Communications College, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 1000 (10th floor), Honolulu, HI 96814 USA (Diamond Head and Ocean side corner of Kapiolani Blvd and Keheka Street). See listing below for details including special meeting dates and times.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON 25 AUGUST 2009

2009 Meetings and Presentations

1. January 7, 2009 - Assessing Transformative Learning with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of English (Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa); and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). Author of A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Language Acquisition (Lincom Europa, 2004); Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformational Learning (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) and How to Choose the BEST English Language School in the USA (AuthorHouse, 2006). It's one thing to support second learning pathway, it's quite another to assess its effects on learners. Come join the discussion on learner assessment of non-traumatic learning.

2. February 4 - Neural Learning - with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of English (Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa); and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). Explore learning at the small but incredibly powerful one to two neuron level. Members are invited to stay from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a follow-on presentation on "The Meaning of Myelination."

3. March 4 - Journal Club. Email the society with the name of a favorite article to summarize on some aspect of neurobiology or just come and enjoy the foray. Articles to be reviewed and discussed:
"Dream Consciousness and the Neurobiology of Sleep" by Leslie Kurumura
"Odors as Recall Cues" by Joli Malone
"The Mirror Neuron System: Grasping Other's' Actions from Birth?" by Marissa Moon
"The Cerebellum: A Neuronal Learning Machine?" by Daniel S. Janik

4. April 1 - An Afternoon Potpourri of Neurobiological Learning with the combined graduate students of Argosy University Hawaii's PS 7050 "Physiological Psychology" course. A number of short, tantalizing presentations on various aspects of neurobiological learning developed as course capstone projects - no foolin'!. Student papers to be presented and discussed:
"Locked in a Dream? The Neurobiology of Schizophrenia" by Leslie Kurumura
"The Neurobiology of Stress-induced Learning" by Joli Malone
"The Mirror Neuron System: Grasping Other's' Actions from Birth?" by Marissa Moon

5. May 6 - Tickling Lamarck: Can What We Learn Change Our Genes? - with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of English (Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa); and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). It's Mendel and Darwin verses Lamarck and Butler a la nobel laureate Dr. Francis Crick. Come view footage of one of Crick's later intriguing talks on genes and learning with additional comments by nobel laureate Dr. Eric Kandel. BYOPC (Bring your own popcorn!).

6. June 3 - What do Babies Know and Learn? Ask Otto Rank! - with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of English (Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa); and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). Why is our primary learning pathway - traumatic learning - so ubiquitous? What is it about birth that is so traumatic that we generally experience up to two years of 'amnesia' following this natural event? Although we forget, does the birth experience follow us throughout our lives? Bring your copy of Otto Rank's book 'The Trauma of Birth,' your file of references from the literature and your own memories and experiences for a lively discussion on that singular event in our human lives and what it ultimately means to us as mammals.

7. July 1 - Annual Business Meeting - Election of Board of Trustees members and Chairperson; Election of Officers. Meet your officers and board. Business meeting of the membership. Annual reports and reformation of NLS action committees. This is the time to make comments, suggestions and let your needs, wants and desires be known.

8. August 5 - 2009 Distinguished Speaker #1: Transformative Learning in Overseas Study Programs with Mr. Steve Sigler, Adjunct Professor of Communication (Upper Iowa University) and Instructor in Communications (Intercultural Communications College). Mr. Sigler has an MA in Communication from University of Hawaii at Manoa and an MS in Education from Radford University, and is enrolled in Murdock University Australia's PhD Program in Sustainability and Technology Policies. Come discuss how to incorporate transformational learning in overseas study programs.

SEPTEMBER 2 MEETING CHANGED TO SEPTEMBER 9
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9. September 9 - The Grand Design - The Operating System of Life - with Dr. Jonathan James MD ABIM, Founder and Research Director of Maxagen Bioscience Corporation. The Grand Design is a theory that presents a whole system and model of what makes life “go”. The theory attempts to give a logical explanation of how the energy of life is concentrated, stored, transmitted and used throughout the human body via charged neuro-transmitters and other charge-carrying molecules. The Grand Design also describes a new way to look at the structure and function of the brain as a whole. The theory recognizes a new view of the driving force that powers the brain and the body. It is the energy created and stored by the reticular activating system as the neurotransmitters are created..

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10. October 7 - The Neurobiology of 'Mindfulness Meditation' - with Nina J. Solanki MA, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, Hawaii. An overview of neural pathways and brain functions involved in the ancient practice.

11. November 4 - Journal Club. Email the society with the name of a favorite article you will summarize on some aspect of neurobiology or just come and enjoy the foray.

12. December 3 - 2009 Distinguished Speaker #2: Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona MD PhD will talk on "Changing Story, Changing Brain: The New Field of Narrative Neuroscience." Dr. Mehl-Madrona is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Argosy University Hawaii and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Be the first to hear about the newly emerging field of narrative neuroscience and meet the editor of the Journal of Narrative Neuroscience (JONNS).

14. January 4, 2010 - TBA with Behzad Saberi, Neurology student, Medical College of Iran. Join us for the society's first distance presentation - details to be announced soon.

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2009 NLS Choice and Top Choice Awards To Be Announced in July

Each year, NLS recognizes and honors the best books, articles and enduring public education media submitted to the society on neurobiologically-based learning, especially transformative learning, by awarding and publicizing Choice and Top Choices from entrants.

NLS "2010 Choice and TOP CHOICE Awards Contest" (published or unpublished books, articles and enduring public education media addressing any aspect of neurobiologically-based learning). 2010 award submissions now being accepted through 31 December 2009.

NLS "Distinguished Lecturer Series" Library (Free to members - check out these DVD's of major NLS presentations at any NLS meeting):

NLS1 - "The Brain and Language" by Dr. Terrence Deacon, Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, University of California Berkeley - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 31 May 2005. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-Members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS1.

NLS2 - "The Interactional Instinct: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language" by Dr. John Schumann, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Chair of the Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics and Interdepartmental PhD Program at University of California Los Angeles - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 21 November 2005. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-Members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS2.

NLS3 - "Motivation in Transformative Learning" by Ms. T. Nagahashi, MAT (TESOL), Akita University Faculty of Education and Human Studies - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 9 January 2006. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS3.

NLS4 - "Mirror Neurons" by Dr. Robert Sylwester, Professor of Education (Emeritus), University of Oregon - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 5 February 2007. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS4..

NLS5 - "Enthusiasm-based Learning (SelfDesign)" by Brent Cameron with Barbara Meyers - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 5 March 2007. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS5.

NLS6 - "The Impact of War on Health Professionals" by Dr. Larry James PhD Col (USA-Ret) - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 23 October 2008. 2 DVD's - About 90 minutes total. Purchase your own copy: Members $35 / Non-members $60. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS6.

NLS7 - "Transformative Learning in Overseas Study Programs with Mr. Steve Sigler, Intercultural Communications College / Upper Iowa University - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 5 August 2009. DVD - About 90 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com."

NLS Amazon Direct Access Bookstore

NLS recommended readings for interested neurobiologically-based educators in association with Amazon.com (see link below)

Society Information

Meetings are free to members and include (1) guaranteed, preferred seating, and (2) guaranteed seating at discussion and/or dinner with speaker after meeting (food and drinks at dinner discussions are at participants expense). Meetings are open to non-members at $5 per student* or $10 per non-student per meeting. Non-member seating is on a first come - first served basis as long as seating is available.
*Student means full-time participant in approved associate, baccalauriate, masters or doctoral degree program at the time of the meeting. Students must show an acitive and valid student identification card.

The Membership year is now from 1 January to 31 December.

Membership categories and dues:

  • Professional (Regular) Member - $25 per year (full or part-time; 1 vote)
  • Student (non-voting) Member - $10 (see student definition above)
  • Life Member - $500 (one time; 1 vote)
  • Corporate Member - $1000 (one time) or $100 per year (includes membership for all corporate employees, a free advertisement and link below; 2 collective vote total)
  • Sustaining Member - $2500 (one time) OR $250 per year (2 votes)
  • Patron Member - $5000 (one time) OR $500 per year (3 votes)

If you would like to serve on our Board of Trustees please send us an email with SUBJECT stating "NLS BOARD OF TRUSTEES" and in the body of the email what specifically you would bring to the Society (Board of Director members may be Professional, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron Members except that one Student member may serve on the Board of Directors during any year; Professional and/or Student members are given free membership during their actual vested service years).

NLS is recognized by the United States Government (IRS) and State of Hawaii as a 509a2 public charity organization (EIN25-1920731). Your dues and contributions are tax deductable. Members are encouraged to write grants in association with NLS (NLS takes a fixed 10% in indirect costs to administer grants).

NLS Board and Officer Elections are by membership present and/or proxied at the first meeting following 1 July. Elected officers act as Officers-in-Training from 1 July to the first meeting after 1 January when they are invested to serve for 1 year (Officers must be Professional, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron members; Professional members are given free membership during actual vested service years).

Other Opportunities for Service include serving on the Board of Trustees and a variety of working committees - if you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, send an email with SUBJECT stating "NLS BOARD OF TRUSTEES" and nominate yourself for election at the next July election. If your are interested in volunteering on or starting an NLS working committee, please send an email with SUBJECT stating "NLS WORKING COMMITTEE" and you will be provided a list of current working committees needing assistance (committee membership is open to Professional, Student, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron members), or your proposed new working committee approved.

NL Certificate, Diplomate and Fellow recognition is currently in progress.

Your 2009-10 Officers are
President - Dan Janik
Vice President - Maggie Bills
Secretary - Hisako Saito

Your Current Board of Trustees includes
Dr. Daniel Janik MD PhD(Ed) - Physician and Educator
Mr. Joel Weaver MA TESL - School Administrator-Educator (TESL)
Ms. Betty Compton MA EFL - Administrator-Educator (Elementary Education/EFL)
Ms. Setsuko Tsuchiya LMT - Massage Therapist (Kinesthetic Learning)
Mr. Jim Hinds - Computer Scientist and Engineer

Interesting Links:

  1. Neurobiological Learning (NL) Resources
  2. Neurobiological Learning (NL) Discussion Group
  3. 2008 NLS Meetings
  4. 2007 NLS Meetings
  5. 2006 NLS Meetings
  6. 2005 NLS Meetings

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    Argosy University Hawaii (