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Thursday, December 09, 2021

UF students get a touch of knowledge during Brain Awareness Week

<p>Co-Chair of the Neuroscience Club Celeste Rousseau, a 19-year-old UF biological engineering sophomore, uses her mind to propel a ball for on-lookers Monday at the club’s booth on the Plaza of the Americas.</p>

Co-Chair of the Neuroscience Club Celeste Rousseau, a 19-year-old UF biological engineering sophomore, uses her mind to propel a ball for on-lookers Monday at the club’s booth on the Plaza of the Americas.

Joshua Brown held a sheep brain in the middle of the Plaza of the Americas.

He wasn’t a zombie looking for a tasty meal, but he was, however, hungry for knowledge about brains.

Brown, a 19-year-old UF mechanical engineering junior, was one of about 40 students who attended an event for Brain Awareness Week on the Plaza of the Americas on Monday.

Hosted by UF’s Neuroscience Club, the weeklong event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday.

The club will feature interactive activities about brains and neuroscience, which gives students a chance to control a ball with their minds or touch a real sheep brain.

Elizabeth Slonena, a 22-year-old UF psychology senior and president of the Neuroscience Club, said the club has been holding a Brain Awareness Week for eight years.

This year the club teamed up with the Society of Neuroscience, a national organization

for Neuroscience, to hold the weeklong events.

“Teaming with the society has allowed the club to go all out this year,” Slonena said.

Ana Galvan, a 20-year-old UF psychology sophomore and Brain Awareness Week co-

chair, said she hopes the event will motivate students to learn more about brains.

“We want to get more people interested and realize that the brain is not such a scary

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thing,” she said.

Co-Chair of the Neuroscience Club Celeste Rousseau, a 19-year-old UF biological engineering sophomore, uses her mind to propel a ball for on-lookers Monday at the club’s booth on the Plaza of the Americas.

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