Parsa, chair of neurological surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, teamed up with three Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to host an educational program called The Science of Us: Mapping the Human Brain. The objective of this new Northwestern Medicine program is to teach 4th and 5th grade students about the human brain and the importance of President Obama’s BRAIN initiative.
In conjunction with his presentations, Parsa also invited the students to participate in an essay contest to draft papers about why they think brain mapping is important and how it connects back to what they've learned in their science curriculum. Parsa personally graded the more than 300 essays written by students at South Loop Elementary, STEM Magnet Academy and Pulaski International School of Chicago. He returned to each of the schools to provide every student with a certificate of recognition for their excellent work.
“Northwestern Medicine is deeply committed to giving back to our community so it’s exciting to see Dr. Parsa, a leader in our organization, doing it in the context of education,” said Posh Charles, vice president of external affairs.
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