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Brain Awareness Week

Brain awareness week is back! Join us for a series of talks during the week of November 1. All events are open to the public.

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Brain Awareness Week is full of great speakers and student presentations that engage everyone in the medical mysteries of the mind.

The annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a nationally recognized innovative academic outreach program at the College with the overall goal to educate and engage on broad issues of Brain, Mind, and Behavior. 

BAW first began in 2003 and is collaboratively organized annually by the neuroscience student organizations Nu Rho Psi and SYNAPSE, with contributions by the Neuroscience Program, the Biology Department, and the  Psychology Department. The National Society for Neuroscience recognized the 2010 Lake Forest College program with its first inaugural and annual Brain Awareness Week Award.

Brain Awareness Week runs from November 1 to November 5, and features three keynote lectures along with the Ninth Annual Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium

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Monday, November 1

Stacey Sinclair

Mind and Society Dialogue Opening Keynote Lecture

Value or Values: How University Diversity Rationales Inform Student Preferences and Outcomes

Stacey Sinclair, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Public Affairs, and African American Studies, Princeton University

4:15 P.M., presented via Zoom
Contact Professor Shubhik DebBurman for a Zoom link. 

Tuesday, November 2

Susan Goldin-Meadow

Psi Chi Keynote Lecture

From Action to Abstraction: Gesture as a Mechanism of Change

Susan Goldin-Meadow, PhD
Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago

4:15 P.M., presented via Zoom
Contact Professor Shubhik DebBurman for a Zoom link. 

Wednesday, November 3

Susan Erdman

Nu Rho Psi Keynote Lecture

The Gut and the Brain

Susan Erdman, MS, MPH, DVM
Assistant Director and Chief of Clinical Resources, Division of Comparative Medicine, Massachussetts Institute of Technology

7:00 P.M., presented via Zoom
Contact Professor Shubhik DebBurman for a Zoom link. 

2021 Brain Awareness Week

Thursday, November 4

Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium Day One
Faculty and Alumni Talks
All talks will be on Zoom
Contact Professor Shubhik DebBurman for a Zoom link. 

  • 7 P.M. Welcome Remarks, Synapse
  • 7:05 P.M. Sara Zelenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, Lake Forest College, Cognitive Probabilities: Simulating human-like object identification in situations of uncertainty
  • 7:25 P.M. Nijee Sharma Luthra ‘04, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, Enhancing Cognitive Resilience in the Parkinson’s Disease Brain
  • 7:45 P.M. Janet McCracken, PhD, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Lake Forest College, Avian Cognition and Socratic Method
  • 8:05 P.M. Michael White ’07, MD, Assistant Professor of NeuroOncology, University of Rochester, Improving and Extending Life for Patients with Metastatic Cancer in the Brain
  • 8:35 P.M. Vivian Ta, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, A New Frontier for Improving Police-Community Relations
  • 8:55 P.M. Closing Remarks, Synapse

Friday, November 5

Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium Day Two
Undergraduate and Alumni Research Poster Session
4:30 - 6:30 P.M., Calvin Durand Hall, Mohr Student Center

4:30 P.M. Chicago Society for Neuroscience and Synapse Reception and Unveiling of Annual Neuroscience Sculpture

4:45 - 6:10 P.M. Poster Viewing
Enjoy posters and exhibits by current students and recent alumni of original student/faculty research conducted at Lake Forest, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Midwestern University, Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Rush University

6:10 P.M. Closing Ceremony
Introduction,  Synapse
Remarks, Lake Forest College President Stephen Schutt
Recognition of student scholars and celebratory photo

The 2021 Brain Awareness Week Sponsors and Organizers

Brought to you by: 

Departments of Asian Studies, Biology, Education, English, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, and Psychology, the Programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latinx Studies, and Neuroscience, the Offices of Faculty Development and Intercultural Relations, the Ethics Center, and and the Chicago Society for Neuroscience.


Synapse (the neuroscience student organization at Lake Forest College), Honor societies (Nu Rho Psi, Psi Chi, and Tribeta), the LFC Chapter of ASBMB, and Future Health Professionals. Thanks to the Offices of Visual Communications, Communication and Marketing, Parkhurst Dining, and the Library and Information Technology. Thanks to Rosemary Thomas ’18 for the logo design.