Teaching Artist Institute – Creative artists learning how to be creative teachers

“Now using the drum, demonstrate to your partner what an ‘anxious feeling’ would sound like,” instructed singer/songwriter and Teaching Artist, Sue Trainor. The middle-aged student (and artist) followed Trainor’s lead and smacked the drum with ferocious thumb strokes, demonstrating a fretful rhythm. The grinning and enthusiastic Trainor nodded along with encouragement. That was the scene…

Lab-on-a-chip and other breakthrough work to help patients with mental illness

Hadar Ben-Yoav and Thomas Winkler spend their days in University of Maryland’s Fabrication Lab, developing the lab-on-a-chip prototype for schizophrenia treatment monitoring. While I ate chicken pesto and updated the Foundation’s Facebook page, they worked with high tech instruments, fabricating intensely small microchips that will (hopefully) someday make a schizophrenic’s already troubled life a bit easier. The goal…