Dr. Louise M. Soares gives $181,000 for the study of neuroscience at the University of Bridgeport

Dr. Louise M. Soares, professor emeritus and a former department chairman at the School of Education, has given $181,366 to the University of Bridgeport for the creation of the Soares Institute for Neuroscience and Education. The Institute will be housed in the School of Education on the University of Bridgeport’s main campus.

Dr. Soares will officially make her donation at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7 at the Wahlstrom Library.

The Soares Institute (SINE) will be a digital and print resource center, with original research instruments, open-access journals and publications, thousands of searchable datatbases, and access to research studies in the field of neuroscience at national and international conferences and symposia.

Additionally, the Institute will hold a Hammamatsu Tomography Cap, a cutting-edge research instrument that enables researchers to physically map the brain’s neural activity. Functional mapping of the human brain is an important aspect of cognitive neuroscience for the study of brain organization and development. The tomography cap is a more useful tool than traditional scanner technology, particularly in use with infants and young children.

SINE will allow students, teachers, and researchers the opportunity to study neuroscience through education. The Institute will feature a spiral curriculum, building from the basics of neuroscientific information through the process, content, and interconnection of learning, as well as the measurement and assessment of learning, and the application of neuroscientific connections to everyday living.
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