Brain Awareness Week 2017: How About a Science Café?

If you haven’t started thinking about Brain Awareness Week (BAW) 2017 (or even if you have), brainstorming for your event(s) is a good way to get cracking on your BAW Celebrate BAW Image_Squareplans. Types of events during BAW vary greatly, targeting many different audiences and covering a large range of topics. From laboratory visits for elementary students to symposiums for college students to concerts for all ages, BAW has it all!

One event type to consider are science cafés: “events that take place in causal settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic.” They encourage a dialogue between scientists and the public and are a uniquely informal and fun way to not only disseminate scientific knowledge, but also discuss it.

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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 25-31)


On Monday, National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week began, sparking local events across the country in an effort to “shatter the myths” about drugs and alcohol, particularly among teens.

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Teen Drug Use Down: National Study

The prevalence of illicit drug use among teens appears to be declining, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future Survey conducted by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). NIDA Director and Dana Alliance member Nora Volkow recaps the survey results in this short video.

For more information on the survey, read the University of Michigan’s press release or visit the NIDA website.

Free Webcast on Youth Addiction Tonight

Tune in tonight to the free webcast, “Raising Drug-Free Kids: How Can the Science of Addiction Help Us?” to hear Dana Alliance member and Director of theVolkow, Nora National Institute on Drug Abuse Nora Volkow, M.D., discuss how drug addiction impacts our youth and the importance of prevention.

This webcast is part of the Child Mind Institute’s Speak Up for Kids series, and will run from 8-9pm EST. Register here.

For more information on youth addiction, visit NIDA for Teens.

– Ann L. Whitman

NIDA Gives Teens the Straight Dope on Drugs

A guest post from NIDA’s Sara Bellum Blog team.

The teen years: Emotional turmoil.
Rampant physical changes. A still-developing brain. It's no wonder that adolescence
is a time that holds both promise and risk. Teens are hard at work, through
experience and social interactions, constructing and sharing a narrative to establish their unique place
in the world—one separate from family.
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In the Journal of Social Marketing (February 2013), the National
Institute on Drug Abuse

(NIDA) and IQ Solutions published a case study on NIDA’s Sara Bellum Blog (SBB), an online forum where
teens can engage with NIDA scientists, teachers, and each other to learn the
science behind drug abuse and share comments.

In the case study, the
NIDA blog team
set out to show how SBB can engage teens around the
neuroscience of addiction and, in the process, take advantage of a developmental
window for promoting healthy decision-making.

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