STEM Tavern at Soaring Ridge

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Date(s) - Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


What makes a talk about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) even more entertaining? Why, beer of course!

Join our monthly STEM Tavern that features a fascinating science presentation plus good beer. For each beer sold at STEM Tavern, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers will make a donation to the Science Museum of Western Virginia! A food truck will also be on hand.

If you are interested in more information about the STEM Tavern programming, you can contact Sarah Van Zele at  svanzele@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (523 Shenandoah Ave.). Talks begin at 6:00 pm!

August 8: Alyssa Brunal-Brown “Building a Brain: How your neurons make you”

The human brain. The most complex organ known to man. With estimates of over 100 trillion connections, how does it start from small group of cells? In this talk, we’ll explore the building blocks of a brain, the great migration of brain cells, the importance of pruning, and how we strengthen connections over the lifetime.

My name is Alyssa Brunal-Brown and I am currently a PhD student studying Neuroscience at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI). I completed my bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech in Psychology in 2016 where I first gained interest in Neuroscience and research due to its capacity to help people. In the summer of 2016, I moved to Roanoke to continue my education and start my research career in Epilepsy. When I am not in lab, I enjoy salsa dancing, aerial silks, trivia and dinner with friends.

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