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Brain Awareness Week at Moravian Begins Today

Bethlehem, Pa., March 14, 2005—Moravian College is hosting a weeklong look into the human nervous system with Brain Awareness Week beginning today, Monday, March 14. The week’s program will conclude on Saturday, March 19, for a special service learning experience at the DaVinci Discovery Center for Science and Technology, Bethlehem, Pa. The free program is cosponsored by the Departments of Biology and Psychology at Moravian. Area students interested in science are invited to attend.

Dr. Jeremy Teissere, Director of the Neuroscience Program at Muhlenberg College will present “The madwoman in the attic: Emerging unique signaling mechanisms of the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor,” in Dana Lecture Hall on Monday, March 14, at 4:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 15, Dr. Cecilia Fox, assistant professor of biology, Moravian College, will lead a discussion after a viewing of the film “Awakenings” at 4:00 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall.

Dr. David Johnson, Scientific Advisor for Harlan and Jason Drott, Chief Scientific Officer for Neurodetectives, will lecture about “The Public is Watching: Translating Basic Neuroscience Research into Therapeutic Advances,” on Wednesday, March 16, at 4:00 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall.

A discussion on the film “A Beautiful Mind” will be led by Dr. Lori Toedter, professor of psychology at Moravian College, on Thursday, March 17, at 4:00 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall.

On Friday, March 18, at 4:00 p.m. in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Center, room 102, Dr. Debra Suler, Director of Center Point, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, "The MindBody and Power Therapies: Can They Really Transform Psychotherapy?"

Brain Awareness Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the DaVinci Discovery Center. Students of Moravian College’s Tri Beta Honor Society and the Nursing Department will assist Dr. Cecilia Fox in facilitating the special “hands-on” neuroscience activities designed for children from kindergarten to eighth grade. Participants will be able to complete a number of activities from testing reflexes and senses to performing electroencephalographs (EEG) of their own brain. Information supplied by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives regarding recent neuroscience advances, brain facts and neurodegenerative diseases also will be provided to the public. A special invitation to attend the program is extended to middle school science teachers of the Lehigh Valley. Materials will be provided to take back to the classroom.

Moravian College and the Discovery Center cooperated to design “Brain Awareness Day” to promote public awareness of the functions of the central nervous system as well as current advances in brain and spinal cord research. Admission to the Discovery Center is $7.50 which includes the Brain Awareness Day and all other exhibits. For more information contact the center at 610-865-5010. The participation of Moravian students is part of a service learning project for the community at the College.