Governor Proclaims March 2015 "Brain Awareness Month" in Georgia
At the request of the Brains & Behavior Program, the interdisciplinary arm of the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University, the Governor’s office has declared March 2015, Brain Awareness Month (BAM). Hundreds of scientists at Georgia’s premiere universities, private colleges, and research institutes are at the forefront of some of the most promising efforts to understand the complexities of the brain, to alleviate the pain and suffering associated with brain disorders, and to reduce the cost of treating neurological disease. In addition, these institutions take great pride in educating the public, k-12 students, and the Georgia community as a whole.
Originally a Dana Alliance (see below) initiative, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) began small but has grown into an international celebration and advocacy outreach project. Beginning as just a week out of the year, many groups have taken the call to action a step further and participate year round. Here in Georgia, groups such as the Atlanta Chapter for the Society for Neuroscience, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Atlanta Science Festival are organizations that have exceptional resources and opportunities surrounding Brain Awareness.
For more information on how to get involved, please see the following links:
Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Month
Center for Behavioral Neuroscience: http://www.cbn-atl.org/education/index.shtml
Atlanta Science Festival: http://atlantasciencefestival.org/get-involved
Also, for additional information, the Dana Foundation Blog interviewed ACSfN and CBN member Kyle Frantz about Brain Awareness programs in Atlanta. This is a great article that shares interesting history and perspectives on the work of many of our friends and colleagues.
If you have any questions, e-mail us at Brain Awareness.
Want to Volunteer?
Are you an undergrad, graduate student, post-doc or faculty member at an Atlanta area college or university? Are you interested in giving local K-12 students a unique opportunity to learn about neuroscience from someone who studies it firsthand? Then join our Brain Awareness campaign! Last year, we reached 5039 kids by sending our volunteers into local classrooms, where they presented lessons on the neuroscience topics they study every day in the lab. Follow this link to learn how you can be a part of our nationally recognized Brain Awareness campaign.