Brain Awareness Week 2018

Guest post by Urooj Ansari, Social Media Chair at Be Brainy NYC

In 2012, Be Brainy NYC, the Greater NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, held its first Brain Awareness Week. Launched by Ho Yu of Columbia University, the chapter was expanded by Heather McKellar of NYU, Paula Croxson of Mount Sinai, Kelley Remole of Columbia University, Ted Altschuler of Baruch College, and Heather Bowling, formerly of NYU. The earliest members, graduate school friends and colleagues from their respective institutions, met at the Dana Foundation’s office to organize their first events.


Six years later, Be Brainy NYC is still true to its original mission of bringing brain science to the public. With a variety of events beginning next week, individuals from every age group and background imaginable will find activities in the city where they can learn about the squishy two-pound mass encased within their skulls.

One of the first events this year, and the newest one on the calendar, is the “Rap Guide to Consciousness.” With the use of hip hop comedy, “peer-reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman will explore consciousness in an event for adults. The show will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night through April at the Soho Playhouse.

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Greater NY Chapter Wins SfN Chapter-of-the-Year Award

Congratulations to our friends at the Greater New York Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience for winning the Chapter-of-the-Year Award! The award was presented to Chapter President Ho Yu, Ph.D., and Chapter Vice President Kelley Remole, Ph.D., at the Society’s annual meeting in San Diego last week.

SfN Chapter AwardHo Yu and Kelley Remole accept the Chapter-of-the-Year Award last week. (Credit: Paula Croxson)

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