NMU Brings Brain Awareness Week to Local Schools

Friday 20, 2015

Northern Michigan University’s new neuroscience program will participate in Brain Awareness Week by giving interactive presentations in local schools on Friday, March 27. Media are welcome to cover one of the two presentations. The first is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. at Father Marquette Elementary School. The second is at 1 p.m. at North Star Academy. The classroom visits will introduce students to how the human brain functions and how it is constantly changing throughout our lives. The visits will include a short presentation, interactive games and a question-and-answer session.

NMU is one of only three public teaching universities in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. Through NMU’s program, students gain experience in a laboratory setting assisting faculty with ongoing research. Students who pursue this major can choose a concentration in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, which is located within the psychology department; or cellular and molecular neuroscience, which is located in the biology department.

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase the public’s understanding of neuroscience. In a collaborative effort, the Dana Foundation and the Society for Neuroscience have partnered with individuals from universities, research institutions and health organizations to deliver interesting and engaging opportunities for students and adults of all ages to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the human brain.

For additional information or for any questions please contact Valerie Hedges at 227-2302 or vhedges@nmu.edu

Abby Roche
Student Writer