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Brain Awareness Events Combine Fun and Learning

Bethlehem, Pa., March 8, 2012--Each year, students from across the Lehigh Valley unite to promote brain awareness and mental health education to local families. What was once called Brain Awareness Week (BAW) has expanded to two weeks of activities from March 12 to 24. Planned and executed by clubs from other Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), Moravian’s Brain and Psychology clubs, and Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience, which received the 2011 Chapter of the Year Award, BAW offers activities for all ages.

The brain awareness events at Moravian College begin with brain games and activities in the HUB from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. which is followed by Norbit the Neuron’s Brainy Story Time on March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Allentown Public Library. College students get to read “brainy” books to young children and host activities like crafting Play Doh brains or pipe cleaner neurons.

“It helps students and parents alike gain an appreciation of neuroscience and psychology,” says Rania Hanna ’12, former president of Brain Club. “We need younger students getting involved in science so that they can gain an appreciation for it and hopefully go into those careers.”

On Friday, March 16, Moravian will host a screening of Reign Over Me, a film about posttraumatic stress disorder, which will follow a conversation with Maya O’Neil, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at Portland VA Medical Center, via Skype. On the 21st, students are invited to hear Brandy Fureman, Ph.D. deliver her lecture Molecular Medicine for the Epilepsis: Translating Discoveries into Therapies.

Three days later, on March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., young students and their parents are invited to Brain Awareness Day for brain-themed arts and crafts and many more educational activities like memory games and sensory and reflex tests. Moravian students are involved in planning the activities, gathering supplies, and then executing the event, with the help of their professors.

“They can all learn great things about how your brain works, how to keep it healthy and what you can do to gain new skills,” says Hanna about the young students she hopes will be inspired after attending BAW activities. “We're all about showing how science can be fun and interesting in general.”

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.