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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

  • Nov
    6
    :
    12:00 p.m.: Frontiers of Neurology Biology 221 Monday lab class picture
    BIOL 221 Molecules, Genes, and Cells present public journals.
    Johnson 200
  • Nov
    6
    :
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Magic Steve Magic Steve
    Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall
  • Nov
    6
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    4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: CAP and BAW Opening Lecture: Biological and Bionic Hands Sliman Bensmaia
    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
  • Nov
    6
    :
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Brain Outreach: Memory and Emotions memory presentation team
    Presentation by FIYS 106 Mysteries of the Mind on Memory and Emotions
    Mohr Student Center Balcony
  • Nov
    6
    :
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Our Mind on Stage: Tangles and Plaques Tangles and Plaques performance poster
    Kirsten Riiber and Alex Schwaniger present Tangles and Plaques, an original performance that attempts to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theater.
    Mohr Student Center Main Floor

Tuesday, November 7

  • Nov
    7
    :
    4:15 p.m.: BAW Lecture: Mad Cows, Cannibals, and Insomniacs James Mastrianni, MD, PhD

    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
  • Nov
    7
    :
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Brain Outreach: Language and Thought language presentation team
    Presentations by FIYS 106 Mysteries of the Mind on Language and Thought 
    Mohr Student Center Balcony
  • Nov
    7
    :
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: The Plastic Brain NEUR 388 class picture
    NEUR 388 The Malleable Brain presents on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Addiction, Epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s Disease
    Mohr Student Center Balcony

Wednesday, November 8

  • Nov
    8
    :
    3:45 p.m.: BAW Mind and Society Dialogue : Brain, Race, and Theater Lydia Diamond

    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
  • Nov
    8
    :
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Brain Outreach: Sex and Sexuality and Sleep sex and sexuality presentation team
    Presentation by FIYS 106 Mysteries of the Mind on Sex and Sexuality and Sleep 
    Mohr Student Center Balcony
  • Nov
    8
    :
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Perception and Illusion 2017 philosophy of mind class picture
    PHIL 296 Philosophy of the Mind present:
    The Homunculus in the Brain, From Phinease Gage to Elliot, The Brain as the Baynesian Machine, Perception, Action and Illusion, and The Somatic Marker Hypothesis
    McCormick Auditorium, Johnson Science Center

Thursday, November 9

Friday, November 10

  • Nov
    10
    :
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Frontiers of Neurology Biology 221 Friday lab class picture
    The students of BIOL 221 Molecules, Genes, and Cells present public journals.
    Johnson 200
  • Nov
    10
    :
    7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Campus Movie and Panel: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest one flew over the cuckoo’s next movie poster
    Faculty panel bookends the show: Janet McCracken (Philosophy), Jennifer Fast (Counseling Services), Jean-Marie Maddux (Psychology)
    McCormick Auditorium, Johnson Science Center

Saturday, November 11