College ensemble

plays music at HS

Slippery Rock University's wind ensemble visited Aurora High on April 3. The event was hosted by AHS band director Eddie Nabring. The event featured a concert of world music during the school day for AHS band students.

Any AHS student interested in taking health, personal finance or physical education in summer school can get forms in the main office and on the AHS website.

Lara Ketonen and Sarah George received a sixth-place medal in the "chemlab" category at the Science Olympiad state competition April 1 at Ohio State University. Ketonen also partnered with Alex Polivka to finish eighth in the "optics" competition.

The Harmon-High School PTO spring book fair ends April 13 in Harmon's media center. Theme is "Spring Into Reading."

Top pupils named

Last week's students of the week at Harmon School are: sixth-graders Philip Cerne, Bella Collura, Sofia Gonzalez Arellano and Elina Rai; seventh-graders Mitchell Copley, Kayla Ring and Jack Wilk; and eighth-graders Lauren Miller, Jazmin Rodriguez, Katherine Rosengarten, Mackenzie Roy, Anthony Sagaris and Collin Sapochetti.

Parents to gather

A parents communications forum for Miller, Craddock, Leighton and Harmon schools will be April 19 at 7 p.m. in Leighton's media center. Presentations from each building will be followed by a question and answer session.

Kindergarten spring concerts will be April 28 as follows: 9:30 a.m. for students in Buettin, Gallucci and Haughey classes, 10:30 for Sabulsky, Yonally and Tyler morning classes and 2:30 p.m. for Dolezal, Smerkar and Tyler afternoon classes.

Other coming events are: April 13 and 20-21 -- new kindergarten screening at Miller; April 14 and 17 -- Easter holiday; April 24 -- Board of Education meetin at 7 p.m. at AHS media center.

KSU gets grant to

study Alzheimer's

Gemma Casadesus Smith, an associate professor of biological sciences in Kent State University's College of Arts and Sciences, has received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health to test theories of Alzheimer's disease on mice.

Research shows that women are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men by a 3-to-2 margin.

Some scientists believe this is because when women reach menopause, their bodies cease to produce estrogen, and the pituitary gland begins over-producing another hormone, luteinizing hormone (LH), to try to jump-start the ovaries.

Casadesus Smith will be testing those beliefs specifically. "So if the hypothesis is that LH receptor signaling goes down, and that receptor is what facilitates cognitive function, then by removing this in normal mice, we should see cognitive deficits," she said.

This hormone adjustment can have devastating effects on women's cognitive health, and some scientists now believe it may contribute directly to the onset of Alzheimer's.