UCA participates in Brain Awareness Week

UCA students and faculty this week are engaged in activites to promote National Brain Awareness Week in Conway and Little Rock.

Barbara Clancy, an associate professor of Biology and Neuroscience at UCA who also is an officer in the Arkansas chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, asked Conway Mayor Tab Townsell to officially proclaim Brain Awareness Week in the city, and his proclamation notes that UCA scientists “are leading studies to understand the brain and alleviate pain and suffering.”

Later this week, Clancy and her students will present their research to hundreds of area students at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. The museum will offer free admission on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and special demonstrations will include mammalian brain dissections that will allow visitors to get up close to the brain and learn how it functions as the control center of the body. The UCA group also will discuss how brain cells produce behavior, how brain disorders might be demonstrated in brain tissue, and the use of helmets to protect the brain.