Columbia University in the City of New York

Brain Insight Lecture Series & Teacher-Scholar Program

Nobel laureate and Zuckerman Institute Codirector Eric Kandel, MD, with Teacher Scholars and their students (Credit: Michael Dames/Columbia University).

Bringing brain science to the public and the classroom

At the Brain Insight Lectures, free and open to the public, eminent Columbia scholars examine how brain science intersects with everyday life. Speakers have included Olajide Williams, MD, who spoke about how to prevent stroke in communities of color; Frances Champagne, PhD, who discussed how our early experiences shape our behavior; and Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, who shared his groundbreaking work on the neuroscience of movement.

These lectures are the scientific cornerstone of our Teacher-Scholar program, which introduces middle and high school science teachers in NYC to cutting-edge brain science for the duration of a school year. Using the lectures as case studies, the teachers participate in workshops and create a lesson plan each semester that brings neuroscience back to their classrooms. Teachers who complete the program emerge with greater knowledge of neuroscience, a deeper understanding of the scientific process and a toolbox of concrete ways to implement their knowledge in the classroom.

These programs are made possible with generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

OUR PUBLIC PROGRAMS IN THE NEWS

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VIDEOS OF BRAIN INSIGHT LECTURES

Scents and Sensibility

Representations of the Olfactory World in the Brain

Race Matters, but Not How You Think

How stereotypes affect how we live, work, play, and pray

Heading Off Damage

New insights into Traumatic Brain Injury

We are What we Remember

A talk with Dr. Eric Kandel, MD

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