Given the impact COVID-19 has had on events, holidays and human interaction for the past year, four Ph.D. students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have reinvented their annual Brain Awareness Week celebration as a series of online, Zoom-based immersive science talks taking place from March 22-26, 2021.
Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science through a series of events and activities that share the wonders of the brain and the impact brain science has on our everyday lives.
This year, each day of Brain Awareness Week is divided into morning and afternoons sessions, each consisting of two 30-minute Science Shorts – 15 to 20 minute talks followed by a Q&A session. The morning sessions target students in grades K-5 and the afternoon sessions may also attract students in higher grades.
UAB neuroscientists will also lead happy hour talks from Monday to Thursday at 6pm on the following topics:
Monday: “Exercise & Epilepsy” – Dr. Jane Allendorfer;
Tuesday: “How COVID-19 Impacts Your Brain” – Dr. Shruti Agnihotri;
Wednesday: “Cannabis as Medicine” – Dr. Jerzy Szaflarski; and
Thursday: Neuroscience and Art” – Dr. Christianne Strang.
Visit the UAB Brain Awareness Week Facebook page for a complete listing of the week’s activities and events.