The McGovern Award Banquet and Lecture will be held on February 1, 2014 at Treebeards, Market Square, in downtown Houston. This year’s recipient is award-winning neuroscientist and New York Times-bestselling author David Eagleman, Ph.D.
His lecture, titled “Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and the Secret Lives of Brain Scientists,” will explore a question Dr. Eagleman has spent years researching:
If the conscious mind, the part you consider YOU, accounts for only a fraction of the brain’s function, what is all the rest doing?
Dr. Eagleman will delve into how our behaviors, thoughts, and experiences are inseparably linked to a vast, wet, chemical-electrical network called the nervous system. The machinery is utterly alien to us, and yet, somehow, it is us. His research charts new terrain in neuroscience to help us understand how our perceptions of ourselves and our world result from the hidden workings of the most wondrous thing we have ever discovered: the human brain.
Beyond his laboratory research, Dr. Eagleman is passionate about science communication. In his recent manifesto on the topic, he forwards six reasons why scientists should care about communicating their knowledge to the public. He points out that scientists are optimally stationed to increase their presence in the public sphere: their training positions them to synthesize large bodies of data, weigh the evidence, and communicate with nuance, authenticity, and exactitude.
We hope that you will join us for dinner, a captivating lecture, and the chance to socialize with fellow medical communicators.
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm McGovern Award Lecture
9:30 pm Adjournment
Treebeards, Market Square
315 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amwa-southwest-2014-john-p-mcgovern-award-banquet-and-lecture-tickets-9813379081