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Brain Awareness Week

Brain awareness week is back! Join us for a series of talks during the week of October 31. All events are open to the public.

people listening to a presentation

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 Department. The National Society for Neuroscience recognized the 2010 Lake Forest College program with its first inaugural and annual Brain Awareness Week Award.

BAW 2022 Poster

Brain Awareness Week runs from October 31 to November 4, and features three keynote lectures along with the Ninth Annual Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium

2022 Brain Awareness Week

Monday, October 31

Sowon Park

The Opening Keynote Lecture

Unconscious Memory: Intersecting Literature and Neuroscience

Sowon Park, D.Phil
Assistant Professor of English, University of California Santa Barbara

4:15 P.M., presented via Teams
Contact Professor Shubhik DebBurman for a Teams link. 

Tuesday, November 1

Adina Roskies

The Annual Mind and Society Dialog Lecture

Neurointerventions and the Ontology of Agency

Adina Roskies, PhD
The Helman Family Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Cognitive Sciences, Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College

4:15 P.M., presented via Teams
Contact Professor Shubhik DebBurman for a Teamslink. 

Wednesday, November 2

Dennis Selkoe

The Nu Rho Psi Keynote Lecture

Molecular Dissection of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases Predict Novel Therapies

Dennis Selkoe, MD
The Vincent and Stella Coates Professor of Neurologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

7:00 P.M., presented via Teams
Contact Professor Shubhik DebBurman for a Teams link. 

Thursday, November 3

Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium Day One
Faculty and Alumni Talks
All talks will be on Teams
Contact Professor Shubhik DebBurman for a Teams link. 

  • 7 P.M. Welcome Remarks, Nu Rho Psi
  • 7:05 P.M. Elayne Vollman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Lake Forest College, Worked Examples Reduce the Effects of Math Anxiety on Learning
  • 7:25 P.M. Michael Janecek ’18, PhD candidateNeuroscience program, University of Pittsburgh, Dopamine in Autism: A Modulator of Cortico-Striatal Development?
  • 7:45 P.M. Chloe Johnston, PhD, Associate Professor of Theater, Lake Forest College, The Mind Onstage: How Art and Science Collide in the Classroom
  • 8:05 P.M.  Sierra Smith ’17, PhD candidate, Neuroscience program, Oregon Health Sciences University, MicroRNAs Mark the Spot: Using Biomarkers to Uncover Alzheimer's Disease Mechanisms
  • 8:35 P.M. Matthew Kelley, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Lake Forest College, When Hints Hurt Memory
  • 8:55 P.M. Closing Remarks, Nu Rho Psi

Friday, November 4

Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium Day Two
Undergraduate and Alumni Research Poster Session 

4:30 - 6:30 P.M., Calvin Durand Hall, Mohr Student Center

4:30 P.M. Chicago Society for Neuroscience and Synapse Reception and Unveiling of Annual Neuroscience Sculpture

4:45 - 6:10 P.M. Poster Viewing
Enjoy posters and exhibits by current students and recent alumni of original student/faculty research conducted at Lake Forest, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Midwestern University, Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Rush University

6:10 P.M. Closing Ceremony
Introduction,  Nu Rho Psi
Remarks, Lake Forest College President Jill Baren
Recognition of student scholars and celebratory photo

The 2022 Brain Awareness Week Sponsors and Organizers

Brought to you by:

Departments of Biology, English, Modern Languages and Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology & Anthropology, and Programs in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience, and the Ethics Center.


Nu Rho Psi (neuroscience Honor Society) in collaboration with Tribeta (Biology Honor Society), Lambda Alpha (Anthropology Honor Society), Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society), the Student Chapter of American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and the Future Health Professionals.

Thanks to:

The Offices of Visual Communications, Communication and Marketing, Parkhurst Dining, and Library and Information Technology. Thanks to Rosemary Thomas ’18 for the logo design.