Gear Up for Brain Awareness Week 2018!

With Brain Awareness Week 2018 (March 12-18) only a few short months away, it is time for BAW Partners to kick their planning into high gear and to take advantage of the resources we have to offer on the BAW website! What is Brain Awareness Week, you might ask? BAW is the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. Around the world, BAW Partners organize brain-related events and initiatives, uniting their efforts every March in a celebration of the brain.

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Sticker Design Contest Winners

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.”

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First place design by Marianne Bacani

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New K-5 Lesson Plans Now Available

New lesson plans about the brain are now available for teachers and students!  Each lesson plan has an accompanying PowerPoint presentation for students and an interactive activity that allows them to get hands-on with how the brain works. The lesson plans also include student objectives and background information, and are paired with relevant Dana Alliance fact sheets (for 3rd to 5th grade students).

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Sticker Design Votes are In!

We received an overwhelming amount of creative designs from all over the world for our Sticker Design Contest. Thanks to everyone who participated! After careful consideration, we narrowed down the entries to five finalists and asked everyone online to select their favorite. That voting has now closed, and we are tallying scores and consulting our judges.

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First, second, and third place winners will receive various selections of brain-themed art, books, and novelty prizes. First place will have the additional honor of becoming the new face for the 2018 Brain Awareness Week (BAW) sticker! During the BAW campaign (March 12-18), partners across the US will give out tens of thousands of these stickers at brain fairs, lectures, schools, and other public events.

Be sure to check back on December 13 to see the winning designs.

Brain Awareness Week Reception at SfN

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On Saturday, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) kicked off its annual meeting with 30,000 people registered to attend the five-day program at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC. The meeting provides one of the world’s largest forums for neuroscientists to debut research and to network with colleagues from around the world.

The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) reception was one of the first events, and it welcomed a diverse group of organizations to showcase their efforts in promoting the annual campaign to the public. President of SfN and member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Eric Nestler welcomed attendees and encouraged them to keep creating compelling content and engaging in BAW with hopes of making it a year-round effort.

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