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Theme: The Inspiring Brain

This event occurred on
March 16, 2012
6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
United States

The brain is a wonderful place to be. Come join us as we explore the brain through its connection between art and science.

The evening will begin with the All Natural, Whole Brain Art Exhibit in the lobby outside the theater. Nova Southeastern University students and faculty members will delight your senses and tickle your neurons with their interpretation of the brain’s structure and function. A pre -program slide show will follow inside the theater. “Pop Cultured Brains” is a visual guide to the impact of our human brain, celebrating its ability to hypnotize, amaze, and terrify.

During the evening, NSU professors will treat you to lectures so insightful that you’ll want to go back to college. They will focus on interesting and timely topics such as the good and bad effects of stress on one’s brain and body, how to find neuronal beauty in nature, and will answer the question of what defines reality versus fantasy. NSU students will delight you with their modern dance interpretation of sound perception. You will never look at your ear in the same way again.

Your brain is the center of your world. It allows you to think, to feel, to love, to dance, to cry. We hope this night will inspire you to think beyond your cranium and discover the wonderful mystery that is your brain.

Club Box at Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33314
United States
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W. Matthew Collins

W. Matthew Collins showed an early interest in science when he won an award at his 6th grade science fair. Later on he attended the University of Guelph where he explored interests in Ancient History, Philosophy, and Music before finally settling on Psychology. He went on to earn an M.A. in Psychology at Hunter College, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at McMaster University and completed an NIMH post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Collins is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. He is currently directing several research projects in collaboration with NSU undergraduates and colleagues at Indiana University Northwest and DePaul University with research focused on human memory, language, and categorization.

Jaime Tartar

Jaime Tartar earned her Ph.D. in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at the University of Florida (UF) where the focus of her research involved discovering long term changes that can occur in neurobiological pathways involved in stress responses and developing animal models of chronic stress. Dr. Tartar has also completed Postdoctoral Training at Harvard Medical School, where she studied neurological consequences of sleep perturbations using in vitro electrophysiological recording techniques. During her postdoctoral studies, Dr. Tartar also earned a certificate in Sleep Medicine from Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Tartar is widely published in many areas of neuroscience with topics ranging from clinical neurological impairments to basic cell physiology. Moreover, her publications are all in highly respected, peer reviewed journals. Her current research involves three main avenues of investigation with student researchers. The first avenue of investigation involves a series of studies on the relationship between emotion and cognition. Her second research area explores mechanisms and consequences of acute and chronic stress in humans. Her third line of investigation examines the impact of sleep and sleep deprivation on human emotion and cognitive processing.

James Munoz

James Munoz earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Tulane University with an emphasis in Gene Therapy. His thesis work examined neuroprotective effects of mesenchymal stem cells and their interactions with endogenous neural stem cells. Dr. Munoz completed Postdoctoral Training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied how changes in intracellular calcium signaling affected the maturation of neural stem cells. Dr. Munoz also studied the role of EphB proteins in the proliferation, migration, and differentiation of neural stem cells. His current research is examining factors that regulate the proliferation, migration, and differentiation of neural stem cells.

Jose Rey

Jose A. Rey, M.S., Pharm.D., BCPP, is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), College of Pharmacy, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is currently the clinical psychopharmacologist for the South Florida State Hospital. Dr. Rey’s research interests include cosmetic neuropsychopharmacology, geropsychiatry, psychotropic polypharmacy, pain management with antidepressants and anticonvulsants, communication disorders, and clinical and pharmacoeconomic outcomes research with antipsychotics and antidepressants. He has presented his research at national and international meetings. Dr. Rey has published abstracts, articles, and reviews in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited speaker at state, national, and international meetings. He is currently a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Rey received his doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Florida, completed an ASHP-accredited specialty residency in psychiatric pharmacy practice at the Gainesville VAMC and Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, and is board-certified in psychiatric pharmacy practice.

Elana Lanczi

Elana Lanczi is a dancer and choreographer originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed internationally in both South Korea and Brazil and nationally with noted choreographers Sean Curran, Katie Duck, Anita Gonzalez, Li Chiao-Ping, Lionel Popkin, Merian Soto, and Maida Withers, in venues such as the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival and Judson Church, among others. Her own choreography is influenced by the investigation of contemporary and improvisational dance forms and has been performed throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Florida. In 2004 and 2005 she received commissions from Tigertail Productions to perform and travel to Germany and Mexico. Recently, she was co-choreographer and site director for the "Florida Waterways Dance Project" and a performer in Heather Maloney’s "Vertical Sprawl" at the 2011 Florida Dance Festival, where she was also a choreographer in residence. This year she will be presenting new work as part of the INKUB8 2011-2012 season in Miami and at Movement Research’s Open Performance Series in New York. Elana is assistant professor and major chair of dance at Nova Southeastern University. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University.

Organizing team


Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • Alyssa Rothman
  • Tyler Smith
    Art Director
  • Dana Kantrowitz
  • Brandon Bielich
    Social Media
  • Elizabeth Braegger