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Brain Awareness Week 2013

At the National Museum of Health and Medicine’s (NMHM) 14th annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), students were encouraged to not only use their brains for learning, but to also hold real brain specimens and, in some cases, experience first-hand how their brains react to certain stimuli.

The event, which was held for the first time at the Museum’s new location in Silver Spring, was attended by approximately 600 students from more than a dozen different schools around the Washington, D.C., area. Brain Awareness Week at NMHM is presented each year in conjunction with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

Enjoy a few photos from the 2013 Brain Awareness Week at the NMHM.

 

Dr. Alicia Torres (right), senior director of communications and public affairs for the Society for Neuroscience, presents Dr. Adrianne Noe (left), director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, with two framed proclamations— one from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and another from Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray— declaring it Brain Awareness Week in Maryland and Washington, D.C., March 11-17, 2013. (Photo courtesy of NMHM.)

Two students from the Jewish Primary Day School show off the neurons they constructed at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences station during Brain Awareness Week at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (March 11-15, 2013). Photo courtesy of National Museum of Health and Medicine. (Photo courtesy of NMHM.)

A representative from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center shows a student how a bike helmet should properly fit during Brain Awareness Week at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (March 11-15, 2013). (Photo courtesy of NMHM.)

Archie Fobbs, collections manager for the National Museum of Health and Medicine’s (NMHM) Neuroanatomical Collection, teaches students about traumatic brain injuries during Brain Awareness Week at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (March 11-15, 2013). (Photo courtesy of NMHM.)

Representatives from the Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) teach students about how the ears process noise. This activity took during Brain Awareness Week at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (March 11-15, 2013). (Photo courtesy of NMHM.)

A student holds a real human brain specimen during the National Museum of Health and Medicine’s 14th annual Brain Awareness Week event, which took place at the Museum March 11-15, 2013. (Photo courtesy of NMHM.)