PhD Comics brain development infographic

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THIS cartoon by Dwayne Godwin, a professor of neurobiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and Jorge Cham, the former researcher and cartoonist who created PhD Comics, has won first place in the informational graphics category of the 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. 

The New York Times has a slide show of the winning entries, and today's issue of Science contains a special feature about the competition. To see the full size infographic, click on the image above, or visit Godwin's public engagement page, where it, and others in the same series, can be downloaded as PDFs.

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Hey! Summer is coming and I`m going to be kicked out from the University. I`m a final year biology student from Romania and I don`t have money to pay my school tax. Please help.

Thanks for pointing out this cool science graphic. We are hosting another science graphic novelist at our University this coming week. Jay Hosler, from Juniata College, has several graphic novels on evolution, neurobiology and bees. He draws wonderful novels, and gives a great talk on the importance of comic books in teaching science.

I went to the science website and was able to get a PPT slide here. Don't know where I can find one I can rescale so I can actually show it in class though.

Clicking on the picture doesn't work for me - I get an error message. And following the link to the Public Engagement Page leads to a mess of cryptic links.

I just want to see the picture!

By TheBrummell (not verified) on 23 Feb 2010 #permalink

Appears to be a mistake, though. It should say radial glia, not Bergmann glia, as the Bergmann type are found in the cerebellum, not the entire cortex. Oh well. Close enough. Nerd talk over and out.

By elaine ellerton (not verified) on 23 Feb 2010 #permalink

TheBrummell: Clicking on the pic should work now, but I've no idea why the public engagement page isn't rendering properly for you.

Elaine: I noticed that too, but when I wrote the post I only had the left hand side of the cartoon from the NYT slideshow.

Recognition from the National Science Foundation! Brilliant. Jorge Cham has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, so would he be called Dr. Jorge Cham?

Thanks for this nice comic. However, according to new estimations, there are much less than 100 billion neurons in the human brain and the majority of them is not located in the cortex, but actually in the cerebellum.

Stephan: I have read somewhere that there are at least as many, or perhaps more, cells in the cerebellum than in the cerebral cortex, but can you provide a reference for the new estimate of total cell numbers in the human brain?

Ha, great post Mo.

For those interested in learning a little bit more about Jorge Cham, founder of PhD Comics, take a look at my interview with him.

Aside from having a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, he is also quite a funny guy...