FAU Brainy Days

Brainy Days:
A Celebration of Neuroscience 2021


Sponsored by Palm Health Foundation and the FAU Brain Institute

Free Admission to most events

"Brainy Days" celebrates neuroscience with events throughout the month of March to educate and engage our community about the benefits of brain research. Here is our event listing for 2021 "Brainy Days".


Dates Event Speaker or Host Zoom link Time
March 2

How Dogs Love Us: Insights from Brain Imaging

Gregory Berns, Ph.D., professor, Department of Psychology Emory University. Hosted by Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, Ph.D., R.N., professor, FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and director of Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors® (C-P.A.W.W.).

4 - 5:30 P.M.
March 4

Brains, Minds, and Aliens: The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence and its Relevance to Brain Science

Jill Tarter, Ph.D. Emeritus Chair for SETI Research, SETI Institute, Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D., Co-Director, FAU Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab, hosted by Susan Schneider, Ph.D.. Professor of Philosophy and Director, FAU Center for the Future Mind.

6 - 7:30 P.M.
March 9

New Insights into Mechanisms and Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease

Allan Levey, Ph.D., chair, Department of Neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center, Emory University. Sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Jupiter.

1 - 2:15 P.M.
March 11

Brains on Trial: What Brain Science Tells Us About the Origins and Limits of Responsibility

BJ Casey, Ph.D., director, Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain Lab, Yale University; Josh Buckholtz, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychology, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University; Carey Haughwout, public defender, Palm Beach County, and Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, presiding county court judge, Misdemeanor Mental Health Court, 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County. Hosted by Wendy Guastaferro, Ph.D., interim director and associate professor, FAU School of of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

9 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
March 19

The Mighty Worm: Nobel Prize Powerhouse for the Study of Neurodegenerative Disease

Randy Blakely, Ph.D., professor, Biomedical Science, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and executive director, FAU Brain Institute, and Peter Rodriguez, graduate student, FAU’s Integrative Biology Ph.D. program. Hosted by Becky Mercer, Ph.D., professor, Biotechnology and associate dean, Academic Affairs, Palm Beach State College.

1 - 2:15 P.M.
March 23

Brain Gains for Mental Illness: Progress for Science and Society

Audrey Gruss, founder and chairman, Hope for Depression Research Foundation, and Susan G. Amara, Ph.D., scientific director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

6 - 7:30 P.M.
March 27

Brain Blitz: Neuroscience Fun for Kids

Hosted by the ASCEND Program at FAU and
South Florida Science Center
TBA 9 - 11 A.M.
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*For more information or to RSVP, contact Nicole Baganz, Ph.D. at or 561.799.8100.

Brainy Days 2019  


pins FAU Brain Institute Jupiter campus
Room 107, MC-17
5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: 561.799.8100   |   Fax: 561.799.8156

pins FAU Brain Institute Boca Raton campus
Room 103A, SE-43
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561.297.4989