This Tuesday, May 12, join us on Capitol Hill for a public luncheon briefing about marijuana and the brain. Top experts in the
field will speak about medicinal marijuana and the drug’s effect on the brain, as well as research on the impact of state marijuana policies.
As editor of Cerebrum, the online neuroscience journal for The Dana Foundation, a primary function of my role is to invite some of the world’s top neuroscientists to write articles (with citations) to explain the latest developments in their specialty areas to lay readers. If they agree to the assignment, I encourage them to use conversational language, anecdotes, storytelling, and their own voice in communicating what are often complex and hard-to-explain topics: tau protein, grid cells, circadian rhythm, and stem cells—to name just a few. Sometimes they get it; more often they do not. Continue reading
The topic of a recent Brainwave event called “I Was a Child” is one that we rely on every single day: the function of memory. Bruce Eric Kaplan (also known as BEK) has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker for more than twenty years, as well as a writer for shows including “Seinfeld” and HBO’s “Girls.” Joining him on stage was Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professor Barry Gordon, M.D., to discuss the role memory plays in keeping us bound to the past.
A signature event of Brain Awareness Week is the Brain Bee, which tests high school students’ knowledge of neuroscience in a live Q&A competition. Students compete in local competitions, which lead to a national competition in Maryland in March, and then on to the International contest, which this year is taking place in Cairns, Australia in August.
Thanks to our friends at Brainfacts.org, I’ve recently learned of another neuroscience quiz show, this time in the undergraduate arena. The Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) Brain Bowl “includes three rounds of short answer questions that get more difficult with each round. The final round is a complex ‘challenge’ question, where teams can wager points they have accumulated in the previous rounds.” This year’s competing universities are Trinity University, University of Texas at Dallas, and University of Texas at Arlington.
-Ann L. Whitman
If you’ve been following this blog series, you’ve already read about 2015 Brain Awareness Week campaigns in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America. Today we complete the series with the difficult task of picking just a few highlights from the hundreds of events that took place across Europe. The 23 participating countries were: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. There were tons of great Brain Awareness Week events this year. Here are a few highlights: