Brain Awareness Week 2016
Saturday March 12nd, 2016 : 9am - 6pm
Sunday March 13th, 2016: 9am - 6pm
Brains Work On the Mall !!
Brain Awareness Week is an international initiative to advance public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.
As with last year we took advantage of a wonderful opportunity for neuroscience outreach that was offered by the fortuitous timing of the Tucson Festival of Books, which was held on the UA Mall on March 12-13. An estimated 100,000 visitor attended. The festival put together a Science City area, and we had a spot in it for a "Brainworks" exhibit in the 'Science of You' tent.
The booth had activities designed to be attractive to people of all ages, including prism glasses and visual adaptation, a brain zoo including a human brain, a taste-vs-smell jelly bean game, some somatosensory and pain sensitivity tests, a hands-on test of your reflexes and reaction times, a live moth electrophysiology, and a make-a-neuron kid corner. The booth had some reading materials from the Dana Foundation and the SFN. We had more than 50 volunteers helping this year, and we estimate that more than 1500 people stopped by our stations in the course of the two days!
More pictures of the 'Science of You' tent can be found here.
Many thanks to all the volunteers! Dr. Wulfila Gronenberg, Dr. Hong Lei, Ashlynn Florence, Ryan Mammana, Micah Secor, Emma Armstrong, Laura Ruiz, Sierra D'Oca, Sarah Blomquist, Michael Sandino, Gayatri Sadachar, Cathy Tran, Esmeralda Zaragoza, Kennya Garcia, Sneha Ray, Rachel Sadler, Tareq Alsamarh, Elizabeth Shutts, Megan Hayes, Adrian G Montano, Allie Saint-Paul ,Michael de Leon, George Barnum, Kaitlyn Martin, Colin Potter, Angela Tulk, Alison Comrie, Travis Struck, Kendra Liu, Stephanie Low, Alex Reed, Grace Samtani, Kyli McQueen, Rachel Doser, Jenna Pimentel, Erin Mamaril, Haley Moore, Siyu Wang, Michael Flood, Avery Russell, Cesar Medina, Blaine Harper, JungMin Kim, Carrie Collins-Fadell, Joyce Meyer, Natalie S Dailey, Lauren Zimmerman, Vivian Nguyen, Janet L Hawley, Marianne Casilio, Sarah Olson, Rori McPhilliamy, Holden Sanders, Naomi Rhodes, Dawn Reikowsky, Natasha Swink, Emily Lennon, Amy Raiff, Sara Monti, Lynda Weigel-Firor, Jason Smith, Kathe McGrath.
This year's event had support from the Dana Foundation: Brain awareness week
Jean-Marc Fellous and Lynne Oland
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