ISU Alumna presents program on the brain Oct. 18

October 10 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- A scientist and former stroke victim will speak about the human brain in a presentation titled “How to Get Your Beautiful Brain to do What You Want it To” Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Vigo County Public Library’s main branch.

Jill Bolte Taylor, who earned her Ph.D in 1991 from Indiana State University, went on to spend seven years teaching and performing brain research at Harvard Medical School and served on the board of directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for three years.

But that all changed in December 1996 when at age 37 Taylor experienced a rare form of stroke, an arterio-venous malformation (AVM). The stroke had a profound effect -- she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life.

Following the stroke and major brain surgery, Taylor has been successfully rebuilding her brain - from the inside out. She now creates and sells unique stained glass brains. Her book, “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey,” chronicles her recovery and describes the insights she gained into the workings of her brain.

Taylor, who will be honored Oct. 19 by Indiana State with a Distinguished Alumni Award, will begin her presentation at the Vigo County Library Main Branch at 8 a.m. followed by a booksigning at 9 a.m. A complimentary continental breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information about this program, contact Chris Schellenberg, Vigo County Public Library, at (812) 232-1113, ext. 281.

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Contact: Chris Schellenberg, Vigo County Public Library, (812) 232-1113, ext. 281

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783

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A scientist and former stroke victim will speak about the human brain in a presentation titled “How to Get Your Beautiful Brain to do What You Want it To” Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Vigo County Public Library’s main branch.

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