Dr. Henley is the faculty outreach co-coordinator for the Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University. In this role, she is responsible for organizing and directing the Brain Bee at MSU and assisting with the management of the Neuroscience Fair, Brain Awareness Week, and the Mathematics, Science, and Technology at MSU summer camp. Communicating science to the public can have broad effects from increasing interest in science and improving science literacy to changing public policy.
The 2017 Brain Bee at MSU will take place on Sunday, February 5. The Brain Bee at MSU is a competition for high school students and test their knowledge of neuroscience facts based on the free PDF Brain Facts. Registration is now open for all Michigan high school students between the ages of 13-18. The winner of the competition at MSU moves on to compete at the National Brain Bee, and possibly the International Brain Bee. Participation is also great for college applications.
For 2015 and 2016, I created the designs for the MSU Neuroscience Program Outreach t-shirt. I am always interested in sharing the design love, so if anyone out there would be interested in submitting a design suggestion for our shirts, please email it to...
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an international campaign to promote the importance of neuroscience education and research to the public. It occurs in Mid-March, and during BAW the Neuroscience Program students and faculty travel to local schools with activities and presentations. We finish the week with our annual Neuroscience Fair, which is free to the public, and hundreds of visitors engage with our volunteers, learn some neuroscience, and always have a great time. But obviously not every classroom can be visited, and not everyone lives close enough to attend events like ours. So this year, the folks at BrainFacts.org asked if we would participate in a webinar designed to share neuroscience with everyone.