The University of the South's Neuroscience Program will host the third annual Brain Awareness Week March 26 through March 30. Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an international campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Community outreach is a significant component of the campaign at the University and for the Neuroscience program. Neuroscience minors will visit Sewanee Elementary School to educate children about the essential parts and functions of the brain.
The invited speaker hhis year is Dr. Erin Calipari, a neurobiologist and assistant professor of pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. Calipari pursued a Ph.D. at Wake Forest University studying drug addiction in animal models. She worked with the renowned Eric Nestler at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, examining the neural circuits underlying drug abuse and addiction. Cool fact: (As if you needed another reason to be a March Madness fan) Calipari's dad coaches the University of Kentucky basketball team!
Several professors will participate on student-moderated panels: the first will explore "smart" drugs and cognitive enhancers, such as Adderall; the second one will consider the relationship between psychoanalysis and society, sexuality, stigma and mental illness. Hear Professors Cammack, Coffey, Jafri, Noffsinger-Frasier, Tiernan, and West discuss their scholarly opinions.
It would not be BAW at Sewanee without hosting a movie at the SUT. All are invited to come and watch Girl, Interrupted - an award-winning film featuring Angelina Jolie and Winona Rider.
Last but not least, the Sewanee Neurds (Neuroscience Club) are hosting a student research colloquium. See what your classmates are up to when they tell you they are hanging out in the "lab."
Refreshments provided at most events. All are welcome!