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Milligan presents ‘Brain Awareness Week’

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 17, 2015) — Now that Milligan College students are back from spring break, a week off to rejuvenate their brains, they will have a chance to learn more about the science behind their gray matter during “Brain Awareness Week,” March 16-20, a nationwide effort to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.

“Many people know someone who has been affected by a brain disease or disorder,” said Dr. Joy Drinnon, professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research. “We want to offer Milligan students, staff and faculty a variety of events and opportunities to learn more about the brain, from lectures to hands-on experiences with it.”

Local author Angie Odom will speak on Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Hyder Auditorium about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, which occurs when a pregnant woman addicted to drugs passes the addiction to her child, who then experiences symptoms of withdrawal. The event is free and open to the public.

Milligan students also have other opportunities throughout the week to learn about their brain, including a discussion of the book “Ghost Boy” by Martin, an examination in the anatomy lab of a real human brain and field trips to see an exhibit of human anatomy, “Our Body: The Universe Within,” at the Hands On! Regional Museum.

“Brain Awareness Week” is a nationwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience. The events are being organized on Milligan’s campus by the Cool Buffs Club, created last fall to help promote wellness on campus.

“One of the goals of the club is to promote mental wellness, and that’s the purpose of ‘Brain Awareness Week,’” said junior psychology major Abi Bethea, event planner for the club. “We want everyone to think more seriously about what they do every day.”

To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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