Next week is Brain Awareness Week (BAW) and there are more than 675 events listed on the International Calendar of Events, located on the BAW Web site. To give you an idea of the events taking place, next week the Dana Foundation will feature seven interviews with long-time BAW partners; one posted each day to the Dana home page.
These partners’ activities range from a country-wide program in Brussels to activities in a high school science classroom in Virginia. If you’re thinking of planning a future BAW event, the partners offer helpful tips for how to choose event topics, plan on a tight budget, and engage different types of audiences.
For those of you interested in testing your neuroscience know-how, the Foundation home page will feature a fun brain quiz. All ten questions are taken from previous high school Brain Bee competitions, so you can see how you stack up against these brainy students. The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives also features original, downloadable brain-related puzzles for all ages.
And, as always, dana.org will feature new news stories about the brain. A primer on the synapse will be posted on Tuesday for those of you who want a basic definition and explanation of its function.
Have a great Brain Awareness Week! Please help spread the word. If you have a Twitter account, the BAW hashtag is #BAW11.
-Ann L. Whitman