Brain Awareness Week

Since 1996, the Brain Awareness Week campaign has united the Society for Neuroscience, The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and over 1,200 science, advocacy, and health organizations in yearly efforts to host public events that elevate public awareness of brain and nervous system research.

Student Outreach

@Sciport

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Introduction to Neuroscience students created hands-on, interactive demonstrations on topics related to sensation, movement and other aspects of the nervous system. These presentations were then given to elementary students visiting Sciport during National Brain Awareness Week.

@Shreve Island

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Introduction to Neuroscience students created hands-on, interactive demonstrations on topics related to sensation, movement and other aspects of the nervous system. Demonstrations were then presented to 3rd graders at Shreve Island Elementary. Centenary students were able to fulfill the Community / Service-Learning component of Trek through this project.

Best Brain Contest

Each year, Centenary neuroscience students create photographs from tissue sections of mouse brain or monkey retina. Students, faculty, and staff vote for the best of these images. Below, we present the winners for 2011; you can also view a slideshow of all entrants.

  1. "The Phoenix of the Brain" by David Burch

    Phoenix of the Brain

    David says:

    This picture shows a magnification of 100X of a cross section of the cerebral cortex of a mouse. This picture is a combination of two images, both of which were taken with a flourescent microscope. The first was through a violet filter which produced the main structure of what looks like a bird in flight. The second was through a red filter which enhanced the rear portion of the image. The images were overlayed to produce the image of a glial cell in the brain. The image looks like a bird flying out of ball of fire.
  2. "Eclipse on a Star" by Don Adley

    Eclipse on a Star

    Don says:

    This image was captured using a fluorescent scope at 10x magnification under a red light. This picture is the fluorescent view of stained tissue near the end of a vacuole from the coronal cut of a mouse's brain. This image could be damage due to the stress from the process of extraction of the tissue. The image is beautiful because it seems to be taken from somewhere in outer space. The image seems to be taken by a person standing on a star with a camera and a solar flare is erupting in their peripheral view while they are focusing on a solar eclipse.
  3. "The Atmosphere" by Stephanie Wright

    The Atmosphere

    Stephanie says

    You are looking at cells from the amygdala of a mouse brain that have been tagged with fluorescent tags. The blue dots represent the nucleus of certain cells, the yellow/red colors represent a neurotransmitter, and the green represent the glial cells. The colors in this picture remind me of our earth when you look at an image of it from space, and the way they are spread out made me think of the atmosphere.

Previous Brain Awareness Weeks at Centenary

See what happened in 2010 and 2009.

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