Laurie Materna is a professor of nursing at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Materna’s interest in brain research includes the relationship between nutrition and learning, the use of graphic organizers to promote learning, and the development of learning styles and multiple intelligences in adult learners. She has integrated brain-compatible learning methodologies into nursing theory and clinical courses, and has coached many educators individually and through group inservices on developing brain-compatible strategies for specific classes. Materna has appeared before college and professional groups throughout the United States, and presented at the Brain Expo in San Diego in 2005. She earned a doctoral degree in education through Capella University.