Penn State Altoona

Organized by:
Penn State Altoona

Participating Organizations:

SouthernCare Hospice

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Sunday, March 22 – Free movie night- “Pleasantville”, Penn State Altoona Film Series, 6pm, Devorris Downtown Center, free and open to the public. Free popcorn and soda. Monday, March 23 – Seminar: Dr. Carroll Osgood, Neurosurgeon at Allegheny Brain & Spine, UPMC, “Future Frontiers in Brain Research”, 6pm, Misciagna 101-103 Tuesday, March 24 – Free lab tours, Meet a Neuroscientist, Drs. Lara LaDage and Cairsty DePasquale, Noon-2pm, Holtzinger Building, Room 107 – Sex on Campus, Psychology Club’s Booth, “Exploring the Brain and Sexual Arousal”, 3-7pm, Adler Wednesday, March 25 – Seminar: Neuroscience Graduate Students from University Park, five graduate students will be giving short presentations on their research. Stay afterward and ask them questions about graduate school and neuroscience! 101-103 Misciagna, 6pm o Lauren Chaby “The lasting effects of stress during adolescent development” o Jennifer Legault “Neural underpinnings of second language learning” o David Ensminger “The effects of prenatal stress on offspring phenotype in fence lizards” o Andrew Geronimo “Brain-computer interfaces for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)” o Stephen Van Wert “Novel strategies for treating brain disorders with model-based control” Thursday, March 26 – Biology Student vs. Biology Faculty Jeopardy, 6pm, Hawthorn 134 Friday, March 27 – Free seminar: Dr. Timothy C. Roth II, Assistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College, “The adaptive specialization of the brain: examin

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Probably emails- we emailed the flyer out with all the details of the events to students, faculty, staff, and health care providers.


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 Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • BAW Buttons

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

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Most immediate would be joining of campus and the surrounding community. In particular, our Kids Day event allowed young elementary students to come on campus and interact with our undergraduate volunteers.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Lara LaDage

Contact Phone:


Contact Email:

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