NPR's "Science Friday" Broadcasts Live to Launch OHSU's Brain Awareness Week Celebration

03/06/03    Portland, Ore.

Show host Ira Flatow will also deliver keynote lecture, kickoff weekend Brain Fair

OHSU's annual Brain Awareness Week celebration begins Friday as National Public Radio (NPR) brings its popular show "Science Friday" to Portland. The NPR live broadcast will take place at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), March 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The topic for the first hour of the show will be healthy aging. Guests will include OHSU School of Medicine Dean Christine Cassel, M.D., and Jeffrey Kaye, M.D, director of the Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Research Center at OHSU. The topic for the second hour of the show will be urban planning. Portland Mayor Vera Katz will take part in this panel discussion.

In addition to his show's OMSI broadcast, Flatow will give the Brain Awareness Week keynote lecture at 7 p.m. at OHSU. Flatow's talk titled "Inside the Mind of Ira Flatow" will include stories from his years as a national science correspondent and talk show host.

At noon the following day, Saturday, March 8, Flatow kicks off the popular Brain Awareness Week Brain Fair at OMSI. This annual event features hands-on displays, interactive learning, real brains, neuroscientists delving into the secrets of the brain and an Einstein look-alike contest. The Brain Fair runs from noon to 5 p.m., March 8 and 9.

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