(March 9, 2012)

Neuroscience students gear up for Brain Awareness Week

SHREVEPORT, LA — Students in Dr. Greg Butcher's Introduction to Neuroscience course have been preparing demonstrations and photographs of tissue sections to ready themselves for Brain Awareness Week, March 12-16. Students will participate in various events throughout the week to build brain awareness in the community. All events are free and open to the public. However, those events taking place at Sci-Port do require the price of admission.

Photograph of brain tissue section
2011's First place winner "The Phoenix of the Brain" by David Burch

The students developed the interactive brain-related demonstrations for elementary/middle school age kids but invite all those interested in brain-related functions to attend. Demonstrations will take place on campus and at Sci-Port and various local elementary schools.

In past years, Centenary neuroscience students have created photographs from tissue sections of mouse brain or monkey retina. Students, faculty, and staff vote for the best of these images. This year, the competition is expanding to include Dr. Bruce Allen's painting and sculpture classes, who have prepared brain-inspired pieces. Over 90 artworks, including models, sculptures, paintings, and microscopy images, will be displayed in the Meadow Museum's upstairs gallery as the "Creative Brains" exhibit. The show will open March 18, at 2:00 p.m. and run through April 22. Students, faculty, and staff can vote on the images online.

Date Time Location Event
March 10 11:00 am-3:00 pm Sci-Port Interactive brain demonstrations
March 12,14 & 16 11:00 am-1:00 pm Sci-Port Interactive brain demonstrations
March 12 2:30-4:45 pm Student Union, Centenary campus Interactive brain demonstrations
March 18 2:00-4:00 pm Meadows Museum Creative Brains Opening Reception
March 18-April 22 Museum hours Meadows Museum Creative Brains exhibit

Students in the Introduction to Neuroscience course developed the demonstrations to fulfill the community component of Trek.

Since 1996, the Brain Awareness Week campaign has united the Society for Neuroscience, The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and over 1,200 science, advocacy, and health organizations in yearly efforts to host public events that elevate public awareness of brain and nervous system research.