Brain Awareness Week

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Miami University-Nu Rho Psi

Organized by:
Miami University-Nu Rho Psi

Participating Organizations:
Nu Rho Psi Honor Society Genetics Club Miami Medical Education Development

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

3

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

150-200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We made a Brain Trivia Wheel that drew in a number of participants in to learn about the brain. In the student center, we organized a number of interactive and educational activities. Visitors sampled “miracle berries” and experienced how changes in taste buds can alter the perception of sour to that of sweet. Vision impairment goggles allowed users to gain insight into the difficulties that people with macular degeneration, glaucoma, etc experience when trying to manipulate small objects and judge distances. A Backyard Brains “muscle spiker box” allowed individuals to learn about the signaling that controls movements and initiates and maintains muscle contractions. Also from Backyard Brains, a “human-human interface” enabled one individual to use their muscle activity to control the movements of another individual’s hand. This demonstration provided insight into the technological advances in functional electrical stimulation returning function to those suffering from amputations, or from disorders resulting in muscle weakness for instance. Along with these activities, there were brain models, posters, and handouts, and fun items such as brain erasers from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, all serving to educate visitors about Nervous System function and dysfunction. Undergraduate students presented their research posters to other students, faculty and invited speaker, Dr. Timothy Vogel, MD. Then a public lecture by Dr. Vogel capped off the Brain Awareness Activities. Dr. Vogel discussed his research and treatment approaches for pediatric hydrocephalus. After the seminar, Dr. Vogel opened the discussion to questions and all enjoyed a lively discussion about career paths in medicine and research.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails Posters

Resources

Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

The ability to get others excited about the nervous system. Immediate outcomes include indications that people learned new things about the brain.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://blogs.miamioh.edu/gammaohio/brain-awareness-week/

Contact Name:

Dawn Blitz

Contact Phone:

513-529-6327

Contact Email:

blitzdm@miamioh.edu

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