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NOTE NEW DATE: Brain School: Kids' Night: Digital Devices and Development


March 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

“Student Science at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute”
5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: VTCRI students will share their work through fun and interactive exhibits.

“Kids’ Night: Digital Devices and Development”
6 to 7 p.m.: This panel discussion will address the positive and negative aspects of today’s digital world, and how technological advancements affect human development. The panel will be co-moderated by Stephen LaConte, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute who is also with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics in the College of Engineering, and Audra Van Wart, the director of education and training at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and co-director of the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health graduate program at Virginia Tech. The panelists include Bob Trestman the senior vice president and chair of psychiatry at Carilion Clinic and the chair of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Erik Scarlatescu, a high school student who attends Cave Springs High School and the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School; and Sheila Umberger, the director of Roanoke Libraries.

Additional Details

The school will run three evenings: March 13, 14, and 15. Each panel will begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately an hour. A reception will precede the event at 5:30 p.m.

Brain School is free and open to the public, yet registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit our Qualtrics Survey or email us.

Free parking is available in the nearby parking garage.

Brain School 2018 is part of the institute’s commemoration of Brain Awareness Week.

This is a free event. The host is Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.. For more information, please send an e-mail.

Map and Parking

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Parking is available in the parking garage across the street.

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