The Brain Awareness program at Samuel Merritt University has been developed by Barb Puder, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences, to increase public awareness about the brain and brain function in order to promote brain health and safety.
The Brain Awareness program is a free educational service designed for children in grades K-12 and adults. Samuel Merritt University students participate in the Brain Awareness programs by designing presentations and hands-on activities to make the program educational, age-appropriate, fun, and interactive. Additionally, the Brain Awareness program enhances K-12 science curricula to assist schools in fulfilling national and state science standards.
Contact Dr. Puder to request The Brain Awareness program come to your Bay Area school. Students will learn how the brain works in a free, hands-on, age-appropriate workshop. A typical program includes a 20-30 minute introduction about the brain and nervous system that may include:
- Names of particular brain areas and how they work
- Brain health and safety
- Tips to keep your brain active
- Drug and alcohol affects on the brain
The 20 minute program is followed by hands-on activity stations. Click here to download the Brain Awareness program brochure.
For the past three years, as part of this program, Dr. Puder has been facilitating a free Brain Health Expo entitled “Get to Know Your Brain." This event was open to the public. This year the event took place on Saturday, March 16, from 10 am to 3 pm. The expo, which includes hands-on interactive activities and invited guest speakers, took place on the Samuel Merritt University campus, in the Health Education Center located at 400 Hawthorne Ave. in Oakland.
The 2014 Get to Know Your Brain event takes place Saturday, March 29. Read more.
Click here to read the recap of the 2013 event in the March issue of eNews.
Click here to see photos on the SMU Flickr page.
Click here to see the webpage for the event.
Click here to read the press release.
Watch this short video in which Dr. Puder discusses the Samuel Merritt University Brain Awareness Program:
Watch Dr. Puder on CBS 5 News, answer the question: Is it true we only use 10% of our brain?
For more information about the Brain Awareness program, or to schedule a Brain Awareness program, please contact:
Barb Puder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Brain Awareness Coordinator
(510) 869 6511, extension 4876