Wartburg BRAiNS

Building and Raising Awareness in NeuroScience
We are people from all majors who love brains!

Operating as usual


Big thanks to those who came and enjoyed yummy treats and bingo with us tonight! ๐Ÿ˜„ Stay tuned for our next meeting on November 7th- we will be painting pumpkins! Also come see us at the Ren Faire next weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿง 

[10/03/19]   Happy Outfly! ๐ŸŽ‰ We hope to see you all tonight at 7 p.m. for our first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year! Come eat raspberry sherbet brains and play brain bingo! What a perfect way to end a great day! ๐Ÿ˜„


Join the BRAiNS club on Thursday, October 3rd for our first meeting of the year! The meeting will include an introduction to this year's executive team, a general look at what is in store for us this year, fun brain-shaped sherbet desserts, and brain bingo! Can't wait to see you there!

imdb.com 04/04/2017

Paper Tigers (2015)

The Slife Social Work Institute on campus is showing a film tomorrow night that some neuro-types might be interested in. Called Paper Tigers, the movie examines how stressful life situations influence future learning and behavior. (The movie is very behavioral, rather than biological, but a lot is known about the neuroscience of the link, making it a relevant topic for sharing here.) The showing is open to the community and will include discussion afterwards. 6:15-8:30 pm Tuesday (April 4) in the Ballrooms. www.imdb.com/title/tt4076258/

imdb.com Directed by James Redford. 'Paper Tigers' chronicles a year in the life of Lincoln High School in the community of Walla Walla, Washington. The kids who come to Lincoln have a history of truancy, behavioral problems and substance abuse. After Lincoln's principal is exposed to research about the effe...

[03/22/17]   Just a reminder that our BRAiNS meeting featuring guest speaker Dr. Morgan Stevenson will be held tomorrow from 7-8 pm in SC 141. She will be discussing her research on brain angiogenesis following exercise and her graduate school experiences. The BRAiNS officers will also be sharing dinner with Dr. Stevenson from 6-7 pm in the Den, so feel free to join if you want to learn more one on one!

[03/16/17]   We are excited to announce that our next meeting will be Thursday, March 23 in SC 141 from 7-8 pm! Morgan Stevenson, a former Wartburg graduate, who recently completed her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be joining us! She will discuss her thesis project focused on investigating angiogenesis in the brain following exercise and her unexpected journey to achieving a neuro-focused PhD degree. We hope to see you there!

[03/10/17]   Hello brain enthusiasts! If you ordered a BRAiNS t-shirt last month, you can now pick them up in Dr. Larimer's office any time next week. If you missed out on ordering our spectacular spinal nerve t-shirt design, we have extras that we plan on selling at future events!

[02/20/17]   Don't forget: Order forms (and money) for t-shirts are due Feb 22!


Don't forget to get your order in for a BRAiNS T-Shirt before Feb. 22!

[01/25/17]   โ€‹Hello neuroanatomical enthusiasts,

Just a reminder that our brain dissection night will be held in the cadaver lab (SC 030) tonight from 7-8 pm! Word around the Science Center says that there is an impeccable Circle of Willis (a series of diverging brain vessels at the base of the brain) to view!

Hope to see you there!

[01/20/17]   The next BRAiNS event will be held on Wednesday, January 25th from 7-8pm in the cadaver lab (SC 030)! The dissectors for anatomy & physiology have been nice enough to allow us to view and hold the human brain from this year's cadaver. This is an excellent opportunity to examine a human brain for yourself and discuss relevant questions with current BRAiNS members. Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you there!


New BRAiNS t-shirts designs are in and we are super excited about them! If you would like a shirt, pick up an order form tomorrow night at the BRAiNS meeting or at Dr. Larimer's office (Science Center 67) starting on Thursday. Forms and payment can be dropped off also at Dr. Larimer's office!

[12/14/16]   Tonight, 6:30-8:30, this semester's BI and NSC 456 students will present their posters outside of SC 102. (There are at least 2 neuro projects I can think of.) Take a break from studying to swing by to congratulate them on their hard work, learn interesting science things, dream for your own future research if you're a science-y type, and eat cookies.

[12/07/16]   'Tis the season for internship, graduate program, and other professional applications. Tonight from 8-9 pm in SC 141, BRAiNS will be hosting a neuroscience opportunity night. We will discuss internship searching, tips for applications, and resume building skills. It will be a casual meeting, so you are free to come and go as you please. Treats will be provided!

[11/10/16]   Dr. Brusich will be this week's speaker at Phil and Lit, giving a presentation entitled "What Flies Can Teach Us About Traumatic Brain Injury". Phil and Lit meets every Friday from 4-5 pm in the McCoy rooms, and is open to faculty, staff, and community members. Talks are aimed at a general audience and thus require no background information. Come learn something interesting.


Wartburg College Biology Department

Tuesday (tomorrow), 11:30 am, SC 134 - Come hear about how to prepare for (research) graduate school. (There are snacks...)

Interested in applying for graduate school (the research type) some day? Plan on attending the Math, Computer Science, Physics Department's weekly seminar series on the Tuesday after Fall Break, Nov 1, from 11:30-12:30 in SC 134. They'll have someone from Iowa State talking about how to prepare for graduate school and things you should consider when applying.

[10/21/16]   Dr. John Zelle (Wartburg computer science prof) will be giving a talk today (Friday, Oct 21), 4:00-5:00 pm, in the McCoy rooms, entitled "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that" that examines what is and is not possible in artificial intelligence. Depending on what parts of neuroscience you find interesting, it might be very relevant. (This talk is part of the Phil and Lit series on campus, free and open to everyone, with talks aimed at a general audience. It should be understandable, no matter what your background.)

[10/04/16]   Reminder: Tomorrow at 8:00 PM in SC 141 there will be a journal club meeting! Please read the article that was emailed to you and come ready for some fun discussion!

[09/22/16]   Hey Brainiacs! Due to the tornado warning, we are postponing out meeting tonight until 8:30. We will keep you updated. Stay safe.

[09/21/16]   Reminder: Tonight at 8:00 pm in SC 141 we will have the first BRAiNS meeting of the year. We'll watch some neuro-related TED talks and have nerdy discussion about them.


Dr. Mayim Bialik covered a lot of excellent topics in tonight's talk, all with the perfect blend of humor and poise.

[04/11/16]   4 free tickets are available to hear Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory's Amy Farrah Fowler) speak at UNI tonight. "During her lecture titled "Arts + Sciences = Big Bang," Bialik will discuss her life and career in science and the arts and the importance of both STEM education and the arts as critical components of her life." We will leave campus at 6:45 pm, and rides are available. Let Ashley Lahti know ASAP if you are interested in joining us.


Brain Cell (Neuron)

Know someone who "needs" a plush neuron? All sizes are 20% off during Brain Awareness Week. (Note: This product isn't related to Wartburg at all, but is being shared as a public service announcement. Dr. Larimer has the largest and the smallest in her office if you need to see an example.)

giantmicrobes.com The more brain cells you have, the smarter you are.


What's better than eating at Five Guys and having fine conversation with interesting traveling companions for 6 hours? The above, plus hearing Dr. Bennet Omalu tell his inspirational life story and talk about CTE (chronic traumatic encephalitis).


UNI to host actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik | Newsroom

Interested in going? Email Ashley Lahti to let her know by March 2 so we can get tickets. Monday, April 11, 7:30 pm at UNI.

uni.edu October 27, 2015 Contact: Jan Hanish, assistant vice president, Administration and Financial Services, 319-273-2382, [email protected] Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, [email protected] CEDAR FALLS, Iowa โ€“ Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik will speakโ€ฆ

[02/18/16]   For those of you interested in the nervous system beyond the head, consider attending this week's meeting of the Philosophical and Literary Society this Friday, as Dr. Larimer will be giving a presentation entitled "Back together again: History and current status of spinal cord repair." (4:00-5:00 pm, McCoy rooms in the Student Center)

Phil and Lit meets most Fridays of the semester and is open to anyone interested. (Most weeks there are a handful of students, a handful of faculty, and a lot of community members, mostly of retirement age.) Beverages are available for purchase, and there is usually free popcorn.

[02/17/16]   BRAiNS Club will be meeting tomorrow in WBC 215 at 7:00 tomorrow night for our Neurological Music Therapy night! It should be super interesting! Hope to see you all there!


Dr. Brusich is looking for a student to accompany him to UIowa this summer to do research ahead of next year's offering of Cell and Molecular Neuroscience. Dormitory housing and a summer stipend are provided. Check your inbox for the application or talk to Dr. Brusich for more details.

[01/14/16]   Hey BRAiNS members!

Next Wednesday, January 20th, we will be having a meeting in SC 030 from 7-8 PM. We will be venturing into the A&P lab to view a human skull, brain and lots of nerves.

Current A&P students are also invited for an extra open cadaver time!

See you then!

[10/28/15]   Thinking you might want to do OT? There will be a representative from Allen College's masters in Occupational Therapy program on campus, Tuesday, November 3, 11:30 am, in Science Center 141. Come here about their program, learn what makes you competitive for OT programs in general, and ask any questions you may have.

[10/21/15]   Science nerds: Students interested in helping with the Ninth-Annual Physics & Chemistry Demonstration Show should attend one of two information sessions to learn more and to sign up: Thursday, Oct 22 at 7:30 PM or Sunday, Oct 25 at 6:00 PM (both in SC 102).

The show, performed entirely by Wartburg students and hosted by the Chemistry Club, Society of Physics Students, and Engineering Club, will be on Saturday, January 16. This year it will be performed on the big stage--Neumann Auditorium--for the first time and streamed live on KnightVision (for the second time).

They need volunteers to build equipment, perform the demos in the show, work at hands-on activity stations, help organize people, and do many other behind-the-scenes jobs. It takes a lot of people to pull off this awesome event, and students of any major are invited to participate.

Need more info? Email [email protected] or contact student officers of any of the 3 host organizations.


Wartburg College Biology Department

Tonight (Thursday) at Tri-Beta, the new neuroscientist on campus will be featured. Go hear him.

Tomorrow evening we will be holding the second Tri-Beta meeting of the year. We are excited to welcome Dr. Brusich for the first half hour. He will be speaking about graduate school and his current research endeavors. The second half hour will be dedicated to the induction of our newest members. See you all in SC 102 at 7 PM tomorrow!


The 2015 Nobel Conference this last week had a lot to teach these Wartburg brain enthusiasts about drugs, "addiction" (or its more appropriate other terms), the role of science, and the humanness of scientists. Indian food and excellent conversation served as additional bonuses of the excursion.


Stop by the BRAiNS booth at the Ren Faire tomorrow and buy a brain Oreo ball to celebrate Wartburg Homecoming!

[09/23/15]   Hey everyone!

Just a reminder that tonight's meeting will be from 7-8 pm in the Faculty Development Room on the ground floor of the Library.

We hope to see you there!




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