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FAU Exhibition Marks Brain Awareness Week
BOCA RATON (March 10, 2011) -- Florida Atlantic University will host a multimedia event to celebrate the 16 th annual Brain Awareness Week, March 14-20, as well as the 25th anniversary of FAU’s Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. The event will include scientific images, artwork, and video and audio expressions that reveal the world inside the brain. All events are free and open to the public.
From works on canvas representing coordinating brains to audio renderings of human EEGs during actual coordination tasks, scientists from FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the new Max Planck Florida Institute, and artists from the Dorothy S. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters have joined forces to translate the description of the brain from words to a multisensory experience. This approach will allow people to see and feel the nature of the brain and its underlying structures, providing a deeper understanding of and a fuller relationship to this extraordinary organ which defines our very reality.
The events, which will be held on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, are divided into two venues. An exhibition will be on display at the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space from Monday, March 14 through Sunday, March 20. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There will also be videos shown in the Living Room Theaters lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the duration of the exhibition. There will be an opening reception on Monday, March 14,from 5 at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space and a special multimedia performance at the Living Room Theaters on Friday, March 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The event is co-sponsored by FAU’s College of Science, the College of Arts and Letters, the Max Planck Florida Institute, and supported by the Davimos Family Endowment for Excellence in Science. Brain Awareness Week was launched in 1996 by The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and supported by the Society for Neuroscience.
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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University , established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges : the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science . FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .