What weighs 3 pounds, is made of 78 percent water, and controls your entire body? You may have guessed it, the brain.
Every March, schools, hospitals, organizations, and other agencies join in a global campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of brain research. Founded by The Dana Foundation, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a celebration of the brain, and Southern Adventist University has been a proud BAW partner for four years.
Because BAW is a campus-wide project, each year one of Southern’s departments or schools is especially involved in the BAW activities. This year, School of Visual Art and Design students have created art pieces for an exhibit titled “Love Your Brain.”
“The art work has been designed to encourage observers’ awareness of their brains and what they can do to keep them healthy and happy,” said Kayce Foote, student Brain Awareness Week coordinator.
The exhibit will have its grand opening March 13 at 7 p.m. at the John C. Williams Art Gallery in Brock Hall and will be open to the public during regular university hours through March 23.
Other Brain Awareness Week activities include a Psi Chi club service project at A.W Spalding Elementary School on March 13 at 8:00 a.m., which will teach the elementary students how to care for their brains, and two convocation lectures by internationally known author and brain function specialist, Arlene Taylor. Taylor will speak to Southern students on March 15 at 11 a.m. at the Iles Physical Education Center and again at 7:30 p.m. at the Thatcher Hall Chapel.
Brain Awareness Week is especially important to Jim Wampler, director of Southern’s Student Success Center, because he recognizes the central role of the brain.
“The brain is the most complex part of your body,” Wampler said. “It is the seat of intelligence and responsible for your personality, memory, body movement, and how you sense the world. It is our hope that BAW will help our students, faculty, and community better understand how the healthy brain works and how to keep it healthy.”
All Brain Awareness Week events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kayce Foote at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Student Success Center at 423.236.2782.