February LEAFlet: Countdown is on! 18 Days Left to BOSS!

Snowshoe Is A GO!!!


 Pretend the other end of that rope is tied to you and he’s pulling you to registration.

Us humans have a tough time trudging through snow. We have small feet, freeze in the cold, and we’re heavy. You know who’s not like that? Elves. Like Legolas. You’ll notice in The Fellowship of the Ring that Legolas walks right on top of the snow of the Caradhras mountains.

Fortunately, we have snowshoes instead. And with those snowshoes we shall walk 5 or 10 kilometres to raise funds to fight neurological disorders at the Branch Out Snowshoe Tour!!

It’s at the sweetest place in Alberta, Fallentimber Meadery near Water Valley on February 18th! Bring your dog, bring your kids, bring an elf if you know one! Register HERE. What a great activity for the Family Day weekend!

Snowshoe Is A GO!!!


 Pretend the other end of that rope is tied to you and he’s pulling you to registration.

Us humans have a tough time trudging through snow. We have small feet, freeze in the cold, and we’re heavy. You know who’s not like that? Elves. Like Legolas. You’ll notice in The Fellowship of the Ring that Legolas walks right on top of the snow of the Caradhras mountains.

Fortunately, we have snowshoes instead. And with those snowshoes we shall walk 5 or 10 kilometres to raise funds to fight neurological disorders at the Branch Out Snowshoe Tour!!

It’s at the sweetest place in Alberta, Fallentimber Meadery near Water Valley on February 18th! Bring your dog, bring your kids, bring an elf if you know one! Register HERE. What a great activity for the Family Day weekend!

 


MOAR Research! 


We aren’t numbers people… unless the number are looking that dang good!

FACT: Certain species of bamboo can grow up to 91cm (3ft in freedom units) in 24 hours! Right now, Branch Out is doing its best bamboo impression because we’re growing like crazy!

Our new research cycle is just starting and we’re expanding programs to the University of Victoria. We also expect to fund 10+ undergraduate summer studentships, 2+ masters Programs, 1 new PhD student, our FIRST Post-Doctoral researcher and our FIRST Principal Investigator!!

Need more info on how we’re funding researchers to beat neurological disorders? It’s all HERE.

 


Glial Gal of the Month: Danielle Torrie


Glowing, radiant, shining, lustrous… pick one or all to describe that smile!

It’s pronounced “Dan-yell” but don’t ever think Danielle Torrie will yell at you. She’s one of the best communicators you could ever meet and can get her point across at a natural volume.

Danielle works for Catalystica Events and is instrumental in the Branch Out Bike Tour and Snowshoe Tour events. She’s got more event organizing skills/than a roller coaster has thrills/resourceful like Costner in Waterworld/sans the gills.

Had to freestyle that.

Anyway, Danielle’s work is always impassioned, impeccable, and impressive. Her written and spoken word is informative without being imperious. And she’s generally just ineffably inspiring.

For being such a key part of Branch Out’s most important events, Danielle is our glial gal of the month!

 


Last Month's Brainwave

Let’s get heavy into anatomy! These are the parts of the neuron that carry information away from the neuron's cell body to other cells. They can measure up to 1 meter long:

A) dendrites
B) axons
C) axon terminal
D) myelin sheath

Congrats to Sarah King for correctly answering B) axons!

P.S. You also win a Neurons are Neat card. Way to go!

 


February's Brainwave

February is often as cold as the worst two words associated with a Slurpee: BRAIN FREEZE! (Also known as sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia).

This month’s question is: which Canadian city has held the title of Slurpee Capital of the World for 16 straight years? (FYI: Calgary finished second last year).

  1. Red Deer, AB

  2. Regina, SK

  3. Prince George, B.C.

  4. Winnipeg, MB