Twelve 5-foot-by-5-foot brain sculptures, each linked to a different theme in neuroscience, will be on the Butler University campus for six weeks beginning March 29 as part of One Butler: The Brain Project.

The sculptures, commissioned by neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, will be displayed throughout campus—some inside and some outside.

“‘The Celebration of Brains’ adds a creative dimension to the yearlong campus-wide focus on the brain and the role of neuroscience of our lives,” said Ena Shelley, Dean of the College of Education.

The Twelve Brains Include:

  • World Music
  • Mental Health
  • Brain Food
  • Branches- Nature/Neuro
  • Communication
  • Evolution of Learning
  • Thinking Outside the Box
  • Brain Scanning
  • Helmet Brain
  • Growth and Development
  • Anatomical “Library” Brain
  • Seeds of Thought

In August, Butler announced that it would devote the 2016-2017 academic year to “One Butler: The Brain Project,” a series of presentations exploring brain development, brain anatomy, mental health, traumatic brain injury, concussion, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.

The goal of the project has been to introduce the community to knowledge about the brain and all the ways they can use this knowledge to live their best lives.

The Brain Project transcends academic disciplines and is led by a steering committee with representatives from each of the six colleges, the library, performing arts venues, and the Learning Resource Center. Suzanne Clifford, Senior Vice President, Integrated Primary Care at Community Health Network and Bob (BU trustee) and Kathi Postlethwait, community advocates for mental health services, are also members of the steering committee.

The project concludes in April with two events:

Brian Hainline
“The Neuropsychiatric Benefit of Sport and Exercise”
April 11, 7:30 PM
Ford Salon

Hainline is Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of NCAA. He will be on campus all day to meet with athletes, trainers, educators, and members of the health and recreation staff.

Education Neuroscience Conference
April 29, 8:00 AM to noon
Reilly Room

Conferees will discuss neuroscience related to emotional regulation and the attention engagement. Strategies for strengthening self-regulatory capacity and self-reliance functioning will be shared.


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