Brain Awareness Week

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University of Tampa

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University of Tampa

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

50-100

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

This is my report for our 2015 event. We set up a table in the main building (Vaughn Center) on UT campus. We passed out the materials, including pencils, erasers, buttons, stickers, and pamphlets. We also presented some interesting findings on the brain, including optical illusions, mental illness, and critical areas of the brain such as the prefrontal cortex. We also had students pick a piece of paper from a jar that contained brain facts. We had many students stop and ask us questions. They seemed pretty engaged.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

I think emails and flyers were the most successful way to spread the word. Students are always checking their email accounts, and we posted the flyers all over campus, so it was hard to miss!

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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

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

  • Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

We definitely were able to catch students' attention and get them engaged in psychology. We were also able to demonstrate how it is truly a science that employs rigorous experimentation. Furthermore, we made students aware of several important issues, including mental illness and the brain. Hopefully, by explaining the role of the brain in mental illness, such illnesses will be less stigmatizing, a finding which research has started to demonstrate.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

I think there should be more material aimed toward college students. Many of the materials/ideas/etc. were for younger kids.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Cynthia Gangi

Contact Phone:

8054481257

Contact Email:

cgangi@ut.edu

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