Penn Manor High School

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Penn Manor High School

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Dr. Brian Balin of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) was guest speaker to teachers of psychology. Hands-on demo with human brain. Plus, he shared current research on Alzheimer’s disease. To encourage professional development among high school teachers of psychology, a monetary honorarium was provided by the American Psychological Association (APA), Teachers of Psychology Secondary Schools (TOPSS) and the American Psychological Foundation (APF).

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing

Target Audiences:

  • Other
  • Professionals
  • Other: Teachers of psychology

Approximate Number of People Reached:

13 teachers +hundreds of their students

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Dr. Brian Balin spoke on Alzheimer’s research and brain anatomy. His presentation consisted of 38 slides on Alzheimer’s research and background on both familial Alzheimer’s and sporadic Alzheimer’s. He spoke of amyloid accumulations and tau neurofibrillary tangles. He also shared his own original research which points to brain infections as a potential cause of Alzheimers. His research tested if chlamydia pneumonia passed through a mouse’s olfactory cells could cause amyloid plaques and infections. His conclusions about infections invading the brain through the nose was confirmed. After his talk, he dissected a human brain: Dr. Balin pointed out important areas and functions. FREE BAW materials were distributed for teachers to share with their students. The pencils with brain erasers were popular as well as some of the book materials “MindBogglers” etc.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods: PHOTOS

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails because I personally reached out to teachers of psychology in Pennsylvania


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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • Staying Sharp Bookmark
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Lesson Plans

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Participation Certificate

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

This was an amazing opportunity to learn about the brain. Psychology teachers in the state of Pennsylvania often come from a historical/social science background and have little experience with biology and neuroscience. Using BAW as a theme, we were able to invite a professor and pathologist – Dr. Brian Balin who was both enthusiastic and informative. We had a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see and hold a human, fixed brain. This hands-on experience will influence each teacher’s expertise.

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