Acknowledged as "of the most engaging and crowd-pleasing speakers in the world of neuroscience," Dr. John Medina returns to Baylor on Tuesday, Jan. 15 as the keynote speaker for the annual Parent Alliance Speaker Series.
The free lecture takes place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Baylor's alumni chapel and is open to the public.
Parents, educators, researchers in the science community and others who work with kids will all benefit from this free public lecture, officials said.
Following the presentation Dr. Medina will be available for audience Q&A and will also sign books previously purchased by those attending.
Bio of Dr. Medina:
A developmental molecular biologist, researcher, professor and the author of ten books, Medina's New York Times bestseller, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving at Work, Home and School, is celebrated as the standard handbook on understanding the brain and optimizing its performance. Parents, educators, and others in the community enjoyed insights from his newest book, Attack of the Teenage Brain! Understanding and Supporting the Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner.
Dr. Medina's focus is on the genes behind brain development and psychiatric conditions. He has spent most of his professional life as an analytical research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health. He also consults with hospitals and healthcare facilities on designing brain-healthy environments that reduce staff stress and improve patient outcomes. Recently, he expanded his interest in how the brain interacts with environments to office spaces, teaming up with award-winning architecture firm NBBJ.
Dr. Medina is an affiliate professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute studying how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular and molecular level. He is also the author of Brain Rules for Baby and Brain Rules for Aging Well.