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Over the years we’ve heard about the importance of reading to our children from a very young age. Now, there’s research to show that just talking to children from the moment of birth can help their brains develop…and the number of words is extremely important.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about the 30 Million Words Initiative, and how poverty may be affecting the way some parents speak to their children.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stefano Allesina of University of Chicago explores the link between an ecosystem’s diversity and its stability.

Stefano Allesina is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago.  His research is focused on the application of network theory to biology, with a specific focus on food webs, the networks describing who eats whom in an ecosystem. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Parma, Italy.

About Dr. Allesina

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Susan Levine of the University of Chicago reveals the long-term advantages of playing with puzzles at an early age.

Susan Levine is a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago where she also serves as chair of the developmental psychology program. Her research lab examines how variations in home and school input affect the cognitive development of children, including language, spatial and mathematical skills. She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.