Brainstorming Blog

How Trauma Lodges in the Body

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and a member of The Avielle Foundation Science Advisory Board, joined Krista Tippett for the March, 9th 2017 episode of the On Being podcast. Dr.

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The Pareto Principal and Social Burden

Many of us have heard of some form of the 80:20, or Pareto Principal. For example 80% of a country’s wealth lies in 20% of the population; or 80% of a business’ profits are generated by 20% of its customers. In a fascinating paper, published in the December 2016 issue

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A Practice a Day Keeps the Trouble Away… Maybe?

Emily Kolodka Neuroscience Intern, The Avielle Foundation Biochemistry Junior, Middlebury College [email protected] Here at TAF, we’re committed to preventing violence and promoting brain health through research and community education. What goes into preventing violence, however, is more than just eliminating its risk factors; it’s identifying and building protective factors that

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Tucson Art Show and Fundraiser

Arizona Avielle Foundation supporters – If you have a young artist, an appreciation of art, or want to help us prevent violence, build compassion, engage and educate communities, please support our Firefly Celebration of Art at the Gregory School in Tucson on April 23rd.   Please click HERE for the

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Newtown Brain Health First Aid

Local TAF Friends, Here is another opportunity to attend a Youth Brain Health First Aid class, free of charge! These courses, provided in partnership between the Avielle Foundation and the Resiliency Center of Newtown, are intended to serve the Newtown and surrounding local communities. Here is the skinny:   1. The

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Avielle Foundation Firefly Newsletter 2015

It’s here, it’s finally here!         Dear TAF Supporters, We are so proud of the great success the Avielle Foundation has had thus far, in our nearly 3-year existence. We don’t take for granted what this success is based upon. Everything we have today came from you—From

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It’s Giving Tuesday!

TAF supporters – please take a few minutes to help the Avielle Foundation today, Giving Tuesday. Here is how you can help: 1. DONATE! We are a grass-roots effort and the research we are funding, The Spark and Sodina projects we sponsor, the interns we train, and the education programs we

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Ben’s Bells Science of Kindness Conference

2015 Science of Kindness Conference Ben’s Bells Project, in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children & Youth, presents the 2015 Kindness Conference: Building the Science of Kindness Together. The Science of Kindness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 8:00am -4:00pm at

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Life is Good

Yesterday, the Avielle Foundation was lucky enough to meet with the Life is Good Playmakers. What a pleasure it is to meet with an organization whose sole purpose is spreading the power of optimism. Their vision is to create a world where life is good for all kids. We are encouraged by the idea

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Spark After School Program

We are very excited to introduce a pilot after school program brought to us by Cody Foss in partnership with Ben’s Lighthouse, the NYA Sports and Fitness, and The Avielle Foundation’s Spark Project.  Newtown Reed Intermediate School 5th and 6th grade student’s are eligible. Don’t miss out – space is limited

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