#Brainweek Partner Interview: Cecilia M. Fox

This is the second in a series of Brain Awareness Week partner interviews, in which partners share their experiences and tips for planning successful events. Cecilia M. Fox, Ph.D., is a professor of biological sciences and the director of the Neuroscience Program at Moravian College. She is also president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter.

ceciliafoxheadshotFor several years, you’ve organized a film series during Brain Awareness Week. What topics have you explored and why do you think this type of event works well to engage the public?

Since I am a neuroscientist at a liberal arts institution, we deliberately plan our annual BAW Film and Seminar Series involving topics that bridge the humanities and sciences. We have offered programs focusing on themes such as The Art of Neuroscience, The Musical Brain, Brain Sex, and The Neuroscience Underlying Poverty and Inequality. By offering such broad topics, we can to make connections across disciplines and attract a more diverse audience. We publicize events through our Lehigh Valley SfN Chapter website and through local connections in colleges, public schools, public libraries and assisted living communities. We also ensure that our Brain Awareness Outreach Programs continue with this interdisciplinary thread. In addition to brain dissections, reflex testing, and EEG recordings, we offer “artsy” neuroscience related stations entitled “Dendritic Art,” “Lego Concussion Man,” and “Neuron Lanyards!”

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Free Public Event: The Aging Brain


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What does every congressional district have in common? Baby Boomers – the sizable generation of people now in their 50s to 70s. It is well documented that the collective aging of the Boomers will have public health impacts. This includes the impacts of the aging brain. Come and learn what happens to the brain as we get older, what happens when the process goes wrong, and what we can do to strengthen the brain as we age.

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Free Staying Sharp Program Saturday, August 29 in Gainesville, Georgia

Are you going to be near Gainesville, Georgia this weekend? If so, please join us Saturday morning, August 29 for our free Staying Sharp forum. It will be an exciting and informational morning that includes a panel discussion from 10 to 11 AM with Swati Gaur, MD, the medical director and owner of Senior Care Office LLC, and Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, a professor of clinical medicine at SABA University and a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.  As an added bonus, the session will be moderated by Dr. Griffith’s wife, Marcia Griffith. The panel will discuss the latest information on the aging brain, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and more. For the last thirty minutes, they will take questions from the audience.


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A Day to Remember

Did you know that May 27th is National Senior Health & Fitness Day? This is the annual event’s 22nd year of encouraging older adults to keep up their mental and physical health by participating in activities throughout the day. Registered organizations all across the country are providing Senior Day events–such as fitness walks, low-impact exercises and health screenings–for the estimated 100,000 participants.


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Experts Give Tips for Staying Sharp at Public Event

As part of Brain Awareness Week, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) co-hosted its annual Staying Sharp program with NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City on Tuesday afternoon. Before diving into a panel discussion on memory, aging, and brain health, professional trainer Linda Meyer took the stage to warm up the audience—literally. Meyer used a combination of physical exercise, fun tunes, and brain teasers to warm up our minds and focus our attention. She emphasized how small changes can impact our attention and ability to engage.

Audience members happily participated in Meyer's warm-up stretches.

Audience members happily participated in Meyer’s warm-up stretches.

To get everyone on the same page, neurologist Martin Sadowski started the panel discussion with a New York-inspired explanation of Alzheimer’s disease. Imagine New York City after a few days of heavy snow: The sanitation department has been busy plowing, so an abundance of garbage litters the sidewalk. Fortunately, the snow eventually melts, and sanitation can get back to their normal routine. Now imagine the city got rid of the sanitation department, and let heaps of trash accumulate unfettered; in a few years it would be absolutely impossible to walk down the streets or sidewalks.

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