Neuroscience

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week is full of great speakers and student presentations that engage everyone in the medical mysteries of the mind.Brain Awareness Week is full of great speakers and student presentations that engage everyone in the medical mysteries of the mind.

The annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a nationally recognized innovative academic outreach program at the College with the overall goal to educate and engage on broad issues of Brain, Mind and Behavior. 

BAW first began in 2003 and is collaboratively organized annually by the neuroscience student organizations Nu Rho Psi and SYNAPSE, with contributions by the Neuroscience Program, the Biology Department, and the Psychology DepartmentThe National Society for Neuroscience recognized the 2010 Lake Forest College program with its first inaugural and annual Brain Awareness Week Award.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 6

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    4:15 p.m.: BAW Opening Lecture: Biological and Bionic Hands
    Dr. Sliman Bensmaia is an Associate Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and a member of the Committee of Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He will deliver the opening lecture of the 2017 Brain Awareness Week with a talk titled ”

    BIOLOGICAL AND BIONIC HANDS: Natural neural coding and artificial perception”.

    Meyer Auditorium in Hotchkiss Hall

Tuesday, November 7

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    4:15 p.m.: BAW Lecture: Mad Cows, Cannibals, and Insomniacs

    Dr. James Mastrianni is a Professor in Department of Neurology and the

    Director of the Center of Comprehensive Care and Research on Memory Disorder at the University of Chicago.  He will give the Keynote Lecture of the 2017 Brain Awareness Week with a talk entitled “MAD COWS, CANNIBALS, AND INSOMNIACS: The deadly consequences of prion shapes”.
    Meyer Auditorium in Hotchkiss Hall

Wednesday, November 8

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    4:15 p.m.: BAW Mind and Society Dialogue : Brain, Race, and Theater

    Lydia Diamond, noted American Playwright and Author, will lead a discussion on Brain, Race, and Theater as the featured Mind and Society Dialogue event of the 2017 Brain Awareness Week. This event is designed to highlight the interdisciplinary breadth of neuroscience and how it impacts human society particularly through our understanding of the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

    Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Middle Campus