SUNY Old Westbury

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SUNY Old Westbury

Participating Organizations:

Participating Institutions were Rutgers University (East New Brunswick)

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Symposium

Target Audiences:

  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

During the first two days of the 2020 BAW, we conducted our 5th Annual Lecture Series and student information/activities tabling events. We had two lectures that were well attended. Unfortunately, on the third day, due to COVID-19 the College cancelled all curricular and extra curricular activities on campus until further notice. Due to this unprecedented situation our local Nu Rho Psi Chapter Epsilon partnered up with Rutgers University Nu Rho Psi Chapter Beta to create a full day virtual conference that build upon the BAW events. Together, we established the first NY/NJ undergraduate AXON conference (Advancing Cross-Disciplinary Outreach in Neuroscience) that was held virtually over zoom. The AXON conference had over 80 attendees and there were 25 student poster presentations despite COVID-19. The AXON conference had Dr. Raddy Ramos from NYIT as the Key Note Speaker, and was further supplemented by a Graduate Student Q & A session for the undergraduate audience. The Graduate Student panel also served as the poster judges. Overall, despite COVID-19, the BAW events and their extension through the AXON conference were a success that is noteworthy.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Email lists through our student campus club channels.


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:

  • Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Brain Awareness Week Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Certificate of Participation
  • Puzzles: Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Adults' Fact Sheets

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

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

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

We continue to attract more students annually. This has lead to an increased partnership between students club organizations and the BAW events coordinators.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Collaborations between institutions are very helpful and should be sought after at all times.

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Dr. Lorenz S. Neuwirth

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