Neuroscience

Brain Awareness Week

We engage the public through cutting-edge seminars, forums labs, and teach-ins.We engage the public through cutting-edge seminars, forums labs, and teach-ins.

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 9

Tuesday, November 10

  • Nov
    10
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    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Brain Outreach: Merging Man and Machine

    First-Year students of FIYS128 Robots and Brains: Fantasies and Facts present the amazing advances and connections between brains, minds, and machines that are revolutionizing the world we live in today. This is a 2015 Brain Awareness Week event.

  • Nov
    10
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    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: BAW Outreach: Medical Mysteries of Sleep and Emotions

    First-Year students of FIYS106 Medical Mysteries of the Mind present poster-based exhibits on Sleep and Emotions. Come and check out the latest medical mysteries on these important brain functions! This is a 2015 Brain Awareness Week event.

  • Nov
    10
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    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: BAW Outreach: Messengers of the Mind
    Students of NEUR 372 Pharmacology: Drug, Brain, and Behavior will present the latest neuroscience research on how some of the most important brain chemicals work and drugs act on them to treat psychoactive disorders. This is a 2015 Brain Awareness Week event.
  • Nov
    10
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    7:30 p.m.: Heads Up! A Night on Concussions in Sports
    A panel discussion with doctors and sports authorities about the brain and sports, including the latest concussion research and prevention protocols.

Wednesday, November 11

  • Nov
    11
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    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: BAW Teach-in: Frontiers of Neurology
    Students of BIOL 221 Molecules, Genes & Cells presents public journal clubs on the most recent discoveries in devastating neurologies. Journal clubs are a discussion based presentation on a key recent paper published on a very specific topic. This is a 2015 Brain Awareness Week event.
  • Nov
    11
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    4:00 p.m.: BAW Keynote Lecture: Searching for Alzheimer’s/ALS cures:
    The Neuroscience program invites the College community and the public to the keynote lecture of the 2015 Brain Awareness Week, on the topic “Searching remote villages for Alzheimer’s and ALS cures” by Dr. Paul Alan Cox, PhD, Director, Institute of Ethnomedicine, and Chairman, Seacology Foundation.
  • Nov
    11
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    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: BAW Outreach: Medical Mysteries of Language & Sexuality

    First-Year students of FIYS106 Medical Mysteries of the Mind present poster-based exhibits on Language and Sexuality. Come and check out the latest medical mysteries on these important brain functions! This is a 2015 Brain Awareness Week event.

  • Nov
    11
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    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: BAW Teach-in: Illusions and Perception

    Students of PHIL/NEUR 296 Philosophy of the Mind will present the interdisciplinary connections between philosophy and neuroscience on some of the most interesting topics that make up our collective human experience.  This is a 2015 Brain Awareness Week event.

Thursday, November 12

  • Nov
    12
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    5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: 3rd Annual Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium
    The Brain Awareness Week Faculty/Student Symposium was renamed the Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium in 2013 in honor of the late Professor of Psychology Robert Glassman, who played a leading role in developing Lake Forest’s popular neuroscience major.   This is a 2015 Brain Awareness Week event.

Friday, November 13

  • Nov
    13
    :
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: BAW Teach-in: Frontiers of Neurology
    Students of BIOL 221 Molecules, Genes & Cells presents public journal clubs on the most recent discoveries in devastating neurologies. Journal clubs are a discussion based presentation on a key recent paper published on a very specific topic. This is a 2015 Brain Awareness Week event.
  • Nov
    13
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    7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: BAW: The Theory of Everything
    Synpase, the neuroscience student organization, invites students to watch a movie about the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. A faculty panel discussion featuring Professors Scott Edgar (music), Janet McCracken (philosophy), Scott Shappe (physics), and Naomi Wentworth (psychology) will follow the screening.

Saturday, November 14

  • Nov
    14
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    8:30 p.m.: BAW Hypnotist Jim Wand
    Renowned hypnotist Dr. Jim Wand will be closing out Brain Awareness Week with style. Come watch a brilliant performance by one of the very few people to both have earned a PhD in psychology and have made multiple appearances on Comedy Central.