What are you currently working on in the area of public engagement?
I am working on the organization of Brain Awareness Day and of the Local round for the International Brain Bee Competition. In addition, I serve as the President of the Society for Neuroscience Hudson-Berkshire Chapter, which brings together the Neuroscience community of the Capital District Region at every level of background, from high school students to Associate Professors.
How did you get involved in this work?
I thought the area had great intellectual resources, but lacked the presence of a person with initiative, can-do attitude and creativity. I thought I would give it a try.
What is the greatest reward in your publicly engaged work?
Bringing to others opportunities that I wish I could have had. I do it because I think it is just, not because I am expecting an immediate reward.
What impact has this work had on you? ...on your students? ...on community members?
It facilitates my interactions with local neuroscientists.
...on your students?
It makes them more pro-active and capable of better talking about their own research findings.
...on community members?
It breaks social barriers between academics and low socio-economic realities.
What are your future plans for your publicly engaged work?
Keep on truckin'....
For more information about Brain Awareness Week please visit the Dana Foundation's Website.