As part of a global campaign to increase public awareness of brain research, the Sarah Lawrence College student neuroscience club BrainWashed is hosting a variation of the Dana Foundation's Brain Awareness Week in an effort to educate students and members of the community about the role their brain plays in their lives. Brain Awareness Week activities will take place on campus April 9-13. Events will include panels, performances, a "Brain Faire," and a concluding talk by Dr. Darcy Kelley, professor of biological sciences and co-director of the Doctoral Subcommittee in Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University.
On Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Reisinger, actors, dancers, poets, and musicians perform along with interspersed mini-speeches relating performance to the brain. On Thursday, April 12, a "Brain Faire" will be held on the North Lawn, featuring mind control games, and "all sorts of 'neuro-gadgets' to mess with your senses" along with presentations of student work.
Brain Awareness Week was founded and is coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and European Dana Alliance for the Brain, and is celebrated in the spring by partner universities, hospitals, professional organizations, and research centers around the world. The Dana Alliance, a nonprofit organization of more than 300 leading neuroscientists, including ten Nobel laureates, is committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.
The full program for SLC's Brain Awareness Week includes:
Monday, April 9
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Titsworth Lecture Hall
Interdisciplinary Minds: A faculty discussion on the connections between art and science featuring Leah Olson (biology), Shirley Kaplan (theatre), Elizabeth Johnston (psychology), and Michael Verhenwald (photography).
6:30 - 10 p.m.
Reisinger Concert Hall
Open Minds: A Night of Brain Performances
Tuesday, April 10
Alice Ilchman Science Center Room 301
Brain Meds and the Controversies Behind Them
American Chemical Society representatives and members of SLC's chemistry club will discuss ADHD medications and sort through the confusions surrounding them.
Wednesday, April 11
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Esther Raushenbush Library, 2nd floor
Four Radical Statements about Dyslexia and Creativity: A lecture by Dwight Kelly '14
Thursday, April 12
Friday, April 13
Donnelley Lecture Hall, Heimbold Visual Arts Center
Keynote Speaker Darcy Kelley: "Generating Male and Female Brains"