Brain Awareness Week 2017

Saturday March 11th, 2016 : 9am - 6pm
Sunday March 12th, 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 11-12. An estimated 130,000 visitor attended. The festival put together a Science City area (estimated 30,000 visitors), 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!


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Many thanks to all the volunteers! Lindsay Adams, Jordon Aguilar, Emma Armstrong, George Barnum, Devin Bayly, Vidhi Bhargava, Artie Bradic, Jessica Bujarski, Marianne Casilio, Maddy Charles, Tiffany Cho, Michele Chow, Steven Cowen, Samantha Cozine, Chelsea Crawford, Jennifer Cummings, James del Toro, Sierra D'Oca, Hannah Dollish, Erika Eggers, Stephanie Fowler, Nakayla Griffin, Wulfila Gronenberg, Bruce Harland, Monica Haro, Blaine Harper, Brady Hasse, Janet Hawley, Megan Hayes, Kimberly Henderson, Ernesto Hernandez, Mina Hutchison, Krystal Jovel, Kathy Kuang, Taley Largent, Erik Larsen, May-Britt Laurent, Giau Le, Olivia Liang, Emily Long, Janet Lopez, Ricardo Lugo, Caroline Madsen, Jes Madsen, Rossteen Mansouri-Rad, Jasmine Martinez, Whitney Mast, Stephanie Matijevic, Kathe McGrath, Oscar Mendez, Heidi Mettler, Hannah Miller, Nur Mohamad Lothfi, Sara Monti, Haley Moore, Angel Moreno, Nadene Nappi, Kelsey Nation, Nicolas Ochoa-Hurst, Genevieve Patterson, Jacqueline Penunuri, Colin Potter, Jin Pyon, Sneha Ray, Noah Rohr, Rachel Sadler, Grace Samtani, Holden Sanders, Alexa Saul, Matthew Schmit, Ben Schwartz, Delanee Schwartz, Ariana Stickel, Alyssa Sullivan, Priscilla Tafolla, Cathy Tran, Lana Wiens, Eric Yanes, Ciera Yates.

This year's event had support from the department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Jean-Marc Fellous and Lynne Oland

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