Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- High School students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Chapter Conference (15th) We held a poster competition in which 27 graduate students, 12 undergraduates and 4 postdoctoral fellows competed. We then held a panel discussion about the topic “Data reproducibility in science”. Panelists included Drs. Susan Amara, Stephen Sugrue, Lucia Notterpek, Keith Muller and Dan Wojcik. Next was a data blitz, where 7 graduate students spoke about their research in just 5 minutes. We finished the conference with the keynote address, given by former national SfN president Dr Susan Amara who presented “Neurotransmitter transporters & the cellular mechanisms of amphetamines: a presynaptic perspective”. Total registered: 92 Outreach (14, 16-19) We visited 14 schools within Alachua county (elementary to high school) and presented to students. We held 2 workshops at the McKnight Brain Institute: Human neuroanatomy workshop for middle and high school students, and homeschool workshop. We also collaborated with the local Cade Museum to offer BAW classes there. Overall, 47 volunteers (undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) taught over 1700 students about the brain!
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
- BAW Stickers
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
- BAW Buttons
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
- BAW Web site banner
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
We really enjoy visiting the schools and teaching the students. I, personally find it very fulfilling to teach them some neuroscience and see how excited they get about it. For the students, I believe BAW outreach opens their eyes to an area of science that they haven’t been exposed to before and can show them potential career paths that they may not have known about before.
Did/do you like our Facebook page?