We are pleased to announce the winners of our first Sticker Design Contest for Brain Awareness Week (BAW) 2018! The submissions we received showcased talent and creativity from brain enthusiasts all around the world, and the first, second, and third place winners were chosen by online polls open to the public.
Marianne Claire Bacani from Vancouver, Canada, created the first place design, which will be printed onto thousands of stickers to be distributed during the global campaign. Working as events director for Neuroethics Canada, Bacani also happens to be preparing for her sixth year as a BAW Partner. “Brain Awareness Week is one of the few highlight events during the year for me,” she said. “I wanted to challenge my design skills by trying to illustrate the BAW spirit as I’ve come to understand over the years of celebrating it.”
Bacani first became fascinated by the brain during her time as a psychology student, she told us. After taking a class on brain anatomy, “I became more intrigued about the complex nature of the brain and how such a fragile organ can significantly impact human behavior.” In addition to her curiosity for neuroscience, she loved art as a child. “I enjoyed drawing and playing around with Microsoft Paint to pass time,” she said. Naturally, Bacani became curious about digitally produced illustrations and has been teaching herself how to use different graphics software since.
When asked about her experience as a BAW Partner, she said:
I’ve had the pleasure of organizing Neuroethics Canada’s BAW events for five years now…What I find most rewarding is how I can contribute in helping promote community well-being by creating educational outreach events and initiatives that allow our interdisciplinary group of researchers to share the developments in brain science technology and discuss its ethical, legal, and social implications.
The contest received nearly 2,500 votes from around the world, giving our next winner a close second place. New York state’s Nicole Peltier is in her fifth year as a PhD student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. Though she has no formal training in art, Peltier created her design as a fun challenge that combined her love for the brain with her creativity, she said.
Third place goes to Sunober Siddiqi, who is currently a third year medical student at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Like Peltier, Siddiqi said she had no formal training in art or design, however, she is self-taught and has worked with various school publications along the way. “I enjoy graphic design and I love neuroscience, so this competition was a wonderful union of the two,” she said, “Additionally, I love the event—Brain Awareness Week is important for so many reasons.”
When asked about her planned events for the 2018 BAW, Bacani listed a series of free public events hosted by Neuroethics Canada beginning on March 13. “Our Brain Awareness Week events are going to be even more special for 2018 as we celebrate along with Neuroethics Canada’s 10th anniversary!” More details on their public events, projects, and more can be found on their website or social media (@NeuroethicsUBC).
Congratulations to our three winners, and thanks to all who participated! Learn more about Brain Awareness Week and how to participate at dana.org/baw.
– Seimi Rurup