2015 Brain Awareness Week

The University of Maine Neuroscience community celebrated Brain Awareness Week this Thursday, an international celebration of brain research, by tabling in the student union distributing educational pamphlets, stickers, pencils and other materials to anyone who wished to learn more about the brain.

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign, which aims to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Brain Awareness Week. The event was co-sponsored by the Society of Neuroscience and The Dana Foundation.


“We do hope that this will become an annual celebration on campus, with additional events added each year, including community outreach,” said Kristy Townsend, UMaine assistant professor of neuroscience and primary organizer of this year’s celebration.

In the future, organizers at UMaine hope to offer greater outreach programs during Brain Awareness Week to educate middle and high school students about the brain and how researchers study it.

The School of Biology & Ecology offers a minor in neuroscience, which is designed for students who would like to develop an understanding of modern neuroscience.

Interested in neuro-related courses offered at UMaine? Check out these courses!

  • Bio 307: Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Bio 474: Neurobiology
  • PSY 350: Cognition
  • PSY 361: Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 365: Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 401: Health Psychology
  • PSY 422: Infancy- Neurobehavioral Development
  • PSY 465: Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
  • PSY 466: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • CHF 331: Cognitive Development

For more information about Brain Awareness Week, visit www.dana.org.