PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will play host to the third annual Brain Awareness Day, May 1, 1998. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Worthman Veterinary Anatomy Museum in Wegner Hall.
Each year Brain Awareness Day brings in local fifth graders to view and participate in several educational stations designed by WSU and University of Idaho graduate students and faculty. Each station demonstrates a different aspect of the brain. This year stations are planned to illustrate live nerve cells, reflexes and reaction time, the anatomy of various animals’ brains, binocular vision, mirror perception, taste and smell, drug addiction, image analysis and sleep.
National Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience, is observed in mid-March, but WSU delays its observation of Brain Awareness Day due to the university’s spring break. The goal of the event is to unite scientific organizations, government agencies and other groups to advance neuroscience research and education through public education and information.
Various WSU and UI departments contribute to Brain Awareness Day including psychology, zoology, chemistry and the WSU Program in Neuroscience. The event is funded entirely by faculty donations and is led by WSU Assistant Professors Lynn Churchill and Barbara Sorg from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Sorg is the current president of the Northern Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience based in Pullman.
For more information about Brain Awareness Day, contact Sorg at 335-4709 or e-mail at barbsorg@vetmed.wsu.edu.