Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Museum Announces 2019 Workshops for Adults and Families Related to “Brain: The Inside Story” and “Drugs: Cost and Consequences Related to “Brain: The Inside Story” and “Drugs: Cost and Consequences” Related to “Bra

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

March 11, 2019


(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- As part of the programming associated with the traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story and the exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Drugs: Costs and Consequences the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting a series of workshops for adults and families. Associated programming also includes the Curator’s Coffees, and Lecture series.

Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability or trauma. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the exhibition also showcases modern technologies that researchers use to study the brain. Brain: The Inside Story will be on exhibition through June 23, 2019..”

Drugs: Costs & Consequences is a traveling exhibition from the DEA Museum and the DEA Education Foundation. Formerly known as Target America, the exhibition has traveled to 16 cities and has been viewed by more than 22 million visitors. The exhibit will be on display daily in Albuquerque from January 26 through Fall 2019  


Yoga and the Mind for Families

Sunday April 7, 2019 • 10 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Robert John Malone                                                                                              

A multi-media, interactive workshop exploring the mind/body connection and the science behind the art of yoga. Through easy poses, workshop attendees will learn simple yet effective ways to relieve stress and develop greater sensitivity. Robert John Malone is founder of and a certified audio engineer and registered yoga instructor. Pre-Registration required. Go to   Cost: $20 adult ($18 museum member); $10 child ($9 member) Children Ages 10+ ( Must be Able to Sit Quietly ) No Yoga Experience Necessary. Bring a Yoga mat if you have one. For more information contact:                    


Sound Perception and Play Workshop for Families

Sunday April 7, 2019  • 1-3 p.m.

Instructor: Robert John Malone                                                                                          

Music is a part of the human experience, common to all cultures throughout the world. This workshop explores the influence of sound on the human brain and simple ways to use sound to enhance relaxation, emotional balance, and mental focus. Robert John Malone is founder of and is a certified audio engineer and nationally recognized music producer. He travels the United States teaching workshops on the science behind sound and the benefits of acoustic sounds within meditation. Pre-Registration required. Go to Cost: $20 adult ($18 museum member); $10 child ($9 member) Children Ages 8+ ( Must be Able to Sit Quietly ). Bring a a blanket and a small pillow, and a yoga mat if you have one. For more information contact:    


Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop for Adults                                                      

Friday May 3, 2019   9:30-11 a.m.

Family Friendly Mindfulness Workshop                                                                              

Sunday May 19, 2019   1pm – 2:30pm                                                                 

Instructor for both workshops: Marnie Rehn                                                                                                                                                                  

Mindfulness practices have been successful in helping people reduce stress and live life with more ease. Current research is focusing in on how mindfulness helps us calm the nervous system creating new neural pathways in the brain. Marnie Rehn is completing her certification as a Teacher-In-Training with the Mindfulness Training Institute (MTI), an International Mindfulness Training Association (IMTA) accredited program. She has been teaching the Mindful School’s curriculum for the past year to youth and adults. Come as you are- no special equipment is required.  Cost: adult $10 ($9 members). For the family workshop: adult $10 ($9 members), child $2 ($1 member); child must be accompanied by an adult; limit one child per adult, limited to children age 6-11. Preregistration required: go to


Lecture Series:

Each lecture is held in the DynaTheater and costs: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to Questions:            


Your Brain after a Concussion

Russell Morton, Ph.D. UNM Health Sciences Center, Dept of Neurosciences

March 27, 2019 • 6:30-8 p.m.

What happens to our brains during a concussion? Join Dr. Morton as he discusses some potential therapies and management strategies to help patients with concussions. Dr. Morton is an Asst. Prof. at UNM Health Science Center and part of the Preclinical Core facility within the Center for Brain Recovery and Repair. He uses electrophysiology and microscopy to investigate the effects of mild traumatic brain injuries


The Symphony of Sleep: Sleep and the Brain                                                        

Russell Morton, Ph.D. Dept of Neurosciences, UNM and

Lisa Cutchen, M.D. and Shanna Diaz, D.O., Dept of Internal Medicine, UNM                                            

Friday, April 12, 2019 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Your brain works hard when you sleep. Join us for this special presentation about the importance of sleep to your brain health. Join us for this special presentation about the importance of sleep to your brain’s function and your overall health. Dr. Morton researches how the cells in our brains communicate with one another and how external factors can alter that communication. Dr. Cutchen is a sleep specialist. She is board certified in Family Practice and Sleep Medicine and emphasizes the importance of addressing mental and physical health issues in her practice. Dr. Diaz seeks to improve quality of life through the treatment of sleep disorders and is board certified in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine.                                                                                                       


Tsunamis in the Brain                                                                                                                                                                

Bill Shuttleworth, Ph.D. Director, UNM Center for Brain Recovery and Repair                                      

April 24, 2019 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Brain tsunamis are massive waves that sweep through the brain, disrupt function, and are involved in migraine, stroke, trauma and other disorders.   Dr. Shuttleworth will discuss brain research and brain tsunamis.  Dr. Shuttleworth is Director of the UNM Center for Brain Recovery and Repair, and Regents’ Professor, Department of Neurosciences, UNM


Alcohol, Genes, and the Brain: The Latest Science and Dispelling Myths

Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D.  UNM Department of Psychology

May 22, 2019 • 6:30-8 pm.

Join Dr. Witkiewitz for an overview of the latest science on why humans tend to enjoy alcohol, its effects on the brain and prevention and treatment options for alcohol use disorder. Dr. Witkiewitz is a Regents’ Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Witkiewitz has authored 5 books, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and has worked extensively on the development of interventions to treat addiction. 


Curator’s Coffee Series

The Curator’s Coffee series is a café style program with a casual discussion. Seating is limited to 15 people, and includes coffee, light refreshments and Museum admission. Cost per person is $8 (10 percent discount for members) Preregistration is required. Register online, go to   Questions:


The Emotional Brain: An Analysis of Investor Behavior                                                      

by David P. Bruner, CFP®, CIMA®                                                                                  

Thursday, May 9, 2019   • 9:30-11 a.m.

The way the human brain is wired affects the way we process information and how we make choices, including financial decisions. Research has shown that cognitive biases, including self-deception, can contribute to poor decision-making. Join us for this timely discussion about the brain and finance.

David Bruner is First Vice President – Wealth Management Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Management Program, UBS Financial Services Inc.


New Concepts in Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Cognitive Impairment              

by Gary Rosenberg, MD, Director UNM Center for Memory and Aging                                                                                                                        

Thursday, June 6, 2018 • 9:30-11 a.m.

Dr. Rosenberg is one of the nation’s leading researchers in vascular dementia, researching biomarkers for the early identification of types of dementia in order to assess results of treatment trials. He will discuss the importance of controlling high blood pressure and other vascular risk factors in prevention of dementia, and new treatments that he and others are developing to slow the onset of cognitive decline. 

Dr. Gary Rosenberg is Professor of Neurology at UNM Health Sciences Center. He is the former chair of the Neurology Department and is currently the Director of the UNM Center for Memory and Aging, which is the only center dedicated to diagnosing, treating and doing research that will impact the growing population, estimated to be over 43,000, of people in New Mexico who have some form of dementia.


About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at




Back to Press Release Details