A keynote address by an artist who finds inspiration in brain science and a morning filled with activities for families of all ages headline Hope College’s commemoration of this year’s National Brain Awareness Week.
Julia Buntaine Hoel will present “Exploring the Brain through Art” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium. The college’s annual “Brain Day,” geared especially toward K-12 students, will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.
The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.
Julia Buntaine Hoel is a conceptual artist, director of SciArt Center and editor-in-chief of SciArt Magazine. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of New York University and Johns Hopkins University, and has been featured in The New York Times and Forbes.
The children’s-oriented “Brain Day” morning will feature a variety of brain-related activities, including controlling a robotic arm with one’s brain, brain crafts and coloring, testing one’s reflexes, fooling one’s senses and the opportunity to hold a real brain. Participants will also have a chance to win Hope- and neuroscience-themed prizes.
In addition, Hope professors and students will be visiting local school classrooms as well as the Children’s After School Achievement (CASA), Step-Up and Upward Bound after-school program at Hope to talk about the brain and provide entertaining activities.
The events at Hope are scheduled in advance of National Brain Awareness Week, which is running Monday-Sunday, March 11-17, this year. Launched by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the week is designed to highlight brain science advances and the importance of brain-related research.
Brain Awareness Week at Hope is sponsored by the college’s Cultural Affairs Committee, Division of the Natural and Applied Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, ExploreHope, Neuroscience Program, and the art, biology and psychology departments.
The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets. The A. Paul Schaap Science Center is located at 35 E. 12th St., at the corner of 12th Street and College Avenue.