2002 Brain Awareness Week

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					         2002 Brain Awareness Week/Season
                The Life of the Brain

                        Program Overview

Who:     OHSU’s Science Outreach And Resources (SOAR) Committee
         will sponsor, in partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science
         and Industry (OMSI) the third annual university-wide celebration of
         neuroscience research, clinical care, and education.

Why:     The purpose of Brain Awareness Week is to educate the public
         about the brain and the fascinating discoveries taking place and to
         build awareness and support for the neurosciences community at

Where:   Activities will be held at the Oregon Museum of Science and
         Industry (OMSI), at OHSU, at Powells Books and in area schools
         and community organizations.

When:    March 9-17, 2002 (the week); late January to mid April, 2002 (the

What:    Brain Awareness Week 2002: The Life of the Brain.
         The brain is remarkably dynamic, continuously adapting and
         changing in response to the stimulation of the environment and our
         genetic endowment. Scientists are beginning to understand how
         subtle changes in the brain’s architecture and chemistry enable us
         to speak and read, feel, love, and desire, think rationally and
         remember a lifetime’s experiences—and how abnormal brain
         function can cause a learning disability, drug addiction, stroke,
         schizophrenia, or memory impairment.

         The many activities associated with this Brain Awareness Season
         will build on the theme of the brain throughout its lifetime with a
         variety of opportunities for different groups/ages to interact with
         brain science, brain scientists and brain science educators.
                    Activities Leading Up to Brain Awareness Week

1. Brain: The World Inside your Head, a new Brain Exhibit at OMSI—January 30—May 5
               Virtual reality, video games, optical illusions, innovative special effects, and hands-on
               Displays help demystify the workings of the brain and reveal what makes us human.

2.   OMSI February Open House for Teachers—February 2, 8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m
                Get a sneak peek at Brain: The World Inside Your Head at a special open house for
                teachers on February 2, 2002. at OMSI. There will be special activities, guest speakers,
                discounts for teachers, and lot more. For more information contact OMSI’s Teacher
                Education Office, (503) 797-4618.

3. “The Life of the Brain” Brain Lecture Series at OMSI --February 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free.
                  Does not include OMSI General Admission.
                  The Life of the Brain lectures will tell some of the highlights of the research of scientists
                  who are asking, and answering, some of the riddles about how our brains change from
                  conception to old age, how the brain functions, and new insights into how we perceive,
                  learn, feel, reason, and remember.

4. “The Secret Life of the Brain”—Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. starting January 22
                 A five-week public television series on the brain on OPB

                                Brain Awareness Week Activities

5.   Brain Fair—March 9-10, OMSI Auditorium, noon to 5:00 p.m. Free. Does not include OMSI General
                Neuroscientists and over 30 hands-on displays, interactive exhibits on the brain, real
                brains, informational booths, brain art tables and prizes, will be on Saturday and Sunday

6.   Brain Games by David Heil (former host of Newton’s Apple) and Eric Chudler, Ph.D., (founder of
     Neuroscience for Kids)—2:00 and 4:00 p.m., March 9-10, OMSI Auditorium. Free. Does not include
                OMSI General Admission.
                Brainteasers and mindbenders for the whole family.

7.   The Brain Power Van at OMSI—Noon-5:00 p.m., March 9-10, a unique traveling exhibit featuring
                Featuring interactive plays and smart fun. Free. Outside OMSI. Does not include OMSI
                General Admission.

8.   Einstein’s Birthday Celebration—March 9, Paid OMSI General Admission required. Main Entrance.
                 Einstein makeovers, a look-a-like contest, birthday cake and more.

9.   “The Brain In the Classroom”conference for teachers, at OHSU Auditorium —March 9, 9:00 a.m.
                 to noon. Free, but pre-registration required: call (503) 418-2507.
                 Pat Wolfe, national expert on brain-compatible education and outstanding presenter of
                 neuroscience applications to the classroom, will present the latest findings. Eric Chudler,
                 founder of the popular Neuroscience for Kids website, will present information on how to
                 teach neuroscience to students.

10. “The Developing Brain” Keynote BAW Address by Richard Restak at OMSI Auditorium—
               March 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Does not include OMSI General Admission.
               What Carl Sagan was to the cosmos, Richard Restak is to the universe of the brain. On of
               the greatest popularizers of scientific learning on the brain, Dr. Restak has written more
               than a dozen books and hosted two PBS Series on the brain. Most recently, he has
               authored the companion book to the Secret Life of the Brain.

14. “How Your Child Learns.” Pat Wolfe lecture for parents on the newest research on neuroscience
               and Learning—March 11, 7:00 p.m., at OMSI Auditorium. Free. Does not include OMSI
               General Admission.
                            “The Life of the Brain” Program Partners
       National Sponsors:                    Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
                                             Society for Neuroscience

       State Lead Organizers:                Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)
                                             Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Science
                                                Outreach and Resources Committee (SOAR)

                OHSU entities include:
                 Neurological Sciences Institute (NSI)
                 Center for Healthy Aging
                 Oregon Regional Primate Research Center (ORPRC)
                 Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET)
                 Vollum Institute for Molecular Biology
                 Center for Aging and Alzheimers Disease
                 ALS Center of Oregon
                 Oregon Hearing Research Center
                 Casey Eye Institute
                 Parkinsons Center of Oregon
                 Oregon Stoke Center
                 Multiple Sclerosis Center of Oregon
                 Epilepsy Center of Oregon
                 THINK FIRST Program
                 Blood Brain Barrier Program
                 Oregon Brain Bank
                 Sleep and Mood Disorders Program
                 Alternative Medicine Center
                 Portland Alcohol Research Center
                 Departments of Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychiatry,
                  Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cell & Developmental Biology,
                  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
                 Oregon Health Sciences Foundation

       Other State Partners:
                Oregon's Child: Everyone's Business partners, including:
                 Oregon Commission on Children & Families
                 Oregon Department of Human Services, Health Division
                 Oregon State Library
                 Oregon Department of Education
                 Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education at PSU
                 Oregon Employment Department, Child Care Division
                 Oregon Child Care Resource & Referral Network
                 Early Childhood Care & Education Council of Multnomah County
                 Oregon Commission for Child Care

                Other Community Partners:
                 Beaverton School District
                 Portland Public School
                 Powells Books
                 Oregon Public Broadcasting
                 Oregon SAFE KIDS Coalition
                 BRAINet friends group
                 Senator Mark Hatfield, advisor
                 ALS Foundation
                 Alzheimers Association
                 Willamette-Columbia Parkinson’s Society (WillCope)
                 American Stroke Association, a division of American Heart Association, Northwest Affiliate
                 Epilepsy Foundation of Oregon
                 National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter
                 Brain Injury Association of Oregon/Brain Injury Support Group
                 Triumph Over Paralysis
                 National Alliance for Mentally Ill
                 Vestibular Disorders Foundation
                 International Dyslexia Association, Oregon Branch

For more information, visit the website at or call the Neurological Sciences Institute at 503-418-2507.