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UTPA participates in Brain Awareness Week with free public talk and movie showing
By Nicole Boychuk, Intern
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Posted: 03/15/2006
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As part of the annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), March 13-19, Dr. Zen Faulkes, an assistant professor of biology at The University of Texas-Pan American, will be presenting a free public lecture titled “Brain Scans and the Magic Lasso.”

“I hope that people will come to learn a little bit about brain research,” Faulkes said. “I hope it will be entertaining and engaging, but I’m going to talk about some of the unsolved issues the technology raises.”

Faulkes believes brain scans will have an impact as significant as DNA fingerprinting has had in recent years. “I think you’ll see several high profile court cases that involve brain scanning within five to 10 years,” he said.

The lecture, which is targeted for a general audience, is scheduled for Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in Room 2.106 of the Science Building.

On Friday, Faulkes will show, “Fiend Without a Face,” a 1958 sci-fi horror directed by Arthur Crabtree. The movie will start at 4:30 p.m. in Room 2.106 of the Science Building.

Though the showing of the movie is just for fun, events for BAW on the national level can consist of a variety of educational activities including lab tours, lectures, classroom exhibits, science fairs, and even a Brain Bee. The events are organized locally, but BAW is a national campaign that seeks to “demonstrate the importance of basic neuroscience research to the health and well-being of the American public.” It is sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience, The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and a coalition of more than 1,200 science, advocacy, and other health organizations.

Faulkes, who is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, sponsored the event last year at UTPA by giving a free lecture. He added a movie to this year’s schedule, and he hopes to add more activities in the coming years.

For more information, Faulkes may be reached by e-mail at zfaulkes@panam.edu or by phone at 956/381-2614. More information on Brain Awareness Week and the Society for Neuroscience can be found online at http://sfn.org/baw.

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