Dr. Bruce McEwen, one of the original founders of Brain Awareness Week, a program of the Dana Foundation, will discuss the effects of stress on the brain in a talk titled “Our Stressed-Out Brains: From Molecules to Societies” on Tuesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Donnelley Lecture Hall, Heimbold Visual Arts Center. On Wednesday, April 20, Dr. Erin O’Connor of NYU will speak on the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children at 5 p.m. in the Esther Raushenbush Library.
A past president of the Society for Neuroscience, Dr. McEwen is the Alfred E. Mirsky professor of neuroscience and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. His numerous awards include a share of the 2010 IPSEN Foundations Prize in Neuroplasticity, the Gold Medal award from the Society for Biological Psychiatry the Pasarow Award in Neuropsychiatry, the Dale Medal of the British Endocrine Society, the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Cognitive Neuroscience from the National Alliance for Research for Schizophrenia and Depression and the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society.
Dr. Erin O’ Connor’s talk will discuss the role of care giving relationships in the growth of children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development Dr. O’Connor received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently an Assistant Professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development where she leads a research program examining relationships with mothers and teachers and the impacts of these relationships on children’s development in early and middle childhood. Her research has implications for teaching and learning and applied developmental science as well as educational practitioners and policy-makers. Dr. O’Connor has published in educational and psychology journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Educational Psychology and Journal of Applied Psychology.
Sarah Lawrence’s participation in Brain Awareness week was organized by junior Russell Cohen Hoffing, a student in Biology faculty member Dr. Leah Olson’s course Introduction to Neuroscience.