The University of Chicago Pritzker Medical School

Organized by:
The University of Chicago Pritzker Medical School

Participating Organizations:

Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience (CCSN)Research Computing Center

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Lab Tour
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

On March 31, 2015 a group of 20 high school students from the Kenwood Academy visited the University of Chicago to learn about the brain. As part of the Brain Awareness Week, the students first paid a visit to the High-Performance Electrical NeuroImaging (HPEN) laboratory. The theme of the day was hands-on learning; as such, the students saw a live demonstration of an electroencephalogram (EEG) recording, learned about the physiology of neurons, and were educated about the recent neuroimaging advances in the study of concussions. Finally the students used their newfound knowledge to build clay models of brains. Following their visit to HPEN, the students proceeded to University of Chicago’s Research Computing Center where they performed a 3D reconstruction of the human brain, studied neuronal impulses in real time, and saw a supercomputer in action. The students were given materials including pamphlets and FAQ guides about neuroscience in order to help them remember all that they learned during their visit to University of Chicago.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Other

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

  • BAW Certificate of Participation
  • Puzzles: Adult/high school

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

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Web site banner

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Contact Information

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Stephanie Cacioppo

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