Brainy Days celebrates neuroscience with events throughout the month of March to educate and engage the community about the benefits of brain research.
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Brainy Days Recap

brainy days recap

'Soul of an Octopus'

Sy Montgomery, center, author and naturalist, recently spoke and autographed copies of her book, "The Soul of an Octopus," at the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute.

From left, front, Chelsea Bennice, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and Montgomery; back row, Nicole Baganz, Ph.D., director of community engagement and programming, FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute, Katherine Murphy, CEO National Alliance on Mental Illness for Palm Beach County, Randy Blakely, Ph.D., executive director, FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute, Lindsey White, CDO, Hanley Foundation, and Vassilia Binensztok, Ph.D., owner, Juno Counseling and Wellness.

brainy days recap

Walking for Autism

FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute (SNBI) raised more than $1,000 to support autism research, education and service during the annual Autism Speaks Walk in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The SNBI Neurosquad team, which provides hands on neuroscience experiences for youth, walked in partnership with FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities as part of the Brainy Days program.

brainy days recap

Brainy Days Finale

The monthlong Brainy Days celebration concluded with an educational event called "When Science Links with the Arts: Research and Alternative Therapies for Parkinson’s and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases.”

Featured speakers included Beth Elgort, Mind, Music and Movement Foundation; Randy, Blakely, Ph.D., executive director, FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute; Julie Pilitsis, Ph.D., MD, FAU College of Medicine; and Henriette van Praag, Ph.D., Brain Institute. The event included a special performance by the Voices of Parkinson’s Chorus, as well as movement, dance and meditation demonstrations.

Mind, Music, & Movement Foundation for Neurological Disorders, classes are slated to begin late spring at the Brain Institute. The classes include dance for fluidity, yoga and movement.


Dates Event Speaker or Host Location Time Zoom Recording

Thursday, March 2

Autism Research, Education and Service: Moving the Needle — Right Now, Right Here!

Presentations with reception to follow.

Randy Blakely, Ph.D., FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

Damon Page, Ph.D., Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology

Erin Brooker Lozott, EdD, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, Els for Autism Foundation®

Kelley C. Bastien, MSW, FAU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)

Els Center for Excellence
18370 Limestone Creek, Road, Jupiter

5 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 5

Autism Speaks Walk

In partnership with FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Meyer Amphitheatre
104 Datura St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401

9 a.m. Registration, 10 a.m. Walk
Friday, March 17

Reality+: Virtual Reality and the Puzzling Nature of Existence

David Chalmers, Ph.D.,
Departments of Philosophy and Neural Science, NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness

Osher Lifelong Learning
Freiburg Auditorium, FAU Campus, Boca Raton

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 18

*The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Lecture, reception and book signing

Sy Montgomery,
Naturalist and Author

FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute
FAU MacArthur Campus, Jupiter

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25


Hands on Brain Fun

In partnership with the Cox Science Center and Aquarium

Cox Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, March 27

When Science Links with the Arts: Research and Alternative Therapies for Parkinson’s and other Neurodegenerative Diseases

Lecture with reception at Brain Institute to follow

Beth Elgort, CSW, Mind, Music and Movement Foundation

Randy Blakely, Ph.D., FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

Julie Pilitsis, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, FAU College of Medicine

Henriette van Praag, Ph.D., FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

Voices of Parkinson's Chorus, Movement, Dance and Meditation

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
5353 Parkside Dr., Jupiter

5 – 7:30 p.m.

Note: All programs free and open to the public except for the March 17 lecture by David Chalmers: tickets: $25

* Offered In conjunction with MindFest: Grand Opening of the Center for the Future Mind,
FAU Boca Raton Campus   |   March 16-17   |   click to open a .PDF with the flyer

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pins FAU Brain Institute Jupiter campus
Room 107, MC-17
5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458
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Room 103A, SE-43
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561.297.4989