Azusa Pacific University celebrates Brain Awareness Week (BAW), March 12–18, 2012. BAW is a global initiative aimed at advancing public awareness of the brain and neuroscience research. The university is hosting a series of three lectures by noted neuroscientists, all geared toward non-scientific audiences. Each lecture includes a question-and-answer session with the speaker. Lectures take place on West Campus in the Darling Library Rotunda, located at 701 E. Foothill Ave., in Azusa.

The Brain and Creativity

Mon., March 12, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.

Robert Bilder, Ph.D., will deliver his lecture “Balancing Brain Stability and Flexibility for Creative Achievement,” which focuses on the brain’s role in creativity. Bilder and his team of investigators are seeking to understand the biological basis of creative thought, and have identified several cognitive dimensions that may underlie creative achievement in various arenas, including the arts, sciences, and business.

Bilder is director of the Michael E. Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The Brain and Public Policy

Wed., March 14, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.

Pat Levitt, Ph.D., will present his lecture “Leveraging an Integrated Science of Early Brain and Child Development: Strengthening the Foundations of Health, Learning, and Behavior,” which focuses on the role of brain research in developing public policy. Levitt and his team of investigators are interested in understanding the molecular and genetic underpinnings of various neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia.

Levitt is USC’s director of the Zilkha Neurogenetics Institute and chair of the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine.

The Brain and the Soul

Fri., March 16, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.

Warren Brown, Ph.D., presents his lecture “The Knotty Implications of Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, Self, and Soul,” which focuses on the brain’s relation to the human soul. His work integrates the field of neuroscience research with Christian faith.

Brown is director of the Travis Research Institute and professor of psychology in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.