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Stetson Science Saturday: Neuroscience

Did you know everyone has a blind spot in each eye or that in the brain there are about 100 billion neurons? Every time you move, think, breathe, or perceive, you rely on your nervous system!

Come discover the exciting world of the neuroscience with Stetson University neuroscientists Camille Tessitore King, associate professor of psychology, and Michael S. King, professor of biology, and students from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society in Biology.

Once a month, Stetson’s Gillespie Museum welcomes young scientists to its Science Saturday programs, a chance to learn scientific principles from Stetson faculty and undergraduates through games, puzzles and hands-on activities.

On Saturday, March 15 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.), the focus will be on the nervous system and the field of neuroscience. This Science Saturday event is part of a global campaign, co-sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience, to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of neurological study during Brain Awareness Week, March 10-16.

Visitors are invited to drop in throughout the morning for informal learning and fun. Ten learning stations will offer mind-boggling demonstrations and brain-teasing games; a make-it/take-it corner for building a model of a neuron or illustrating the nervous system; and interactive displays and information tables.

“This year we have new models of neurons, brains, and the human nervous system, as well real brains of several vertebrates to share with you!” said Dr. Karen Cole, Gillespie Museum director. “It is all made possible by the Lending Library Program, a collaboration between the Dana Alliance and select universities, including Stetson, across the nation.”

This event is free and open to the public. (Students under 16 must be with an adult.) The Gillespie Museum is located on the southeast corner of Stetson’s campus, at 234 East Michigan Ave., DeLand. For more information, call the Museum at 386.822.7330 or e-mail gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu.