"My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life & Science of Dr. Marian Diamond"

Atlanta 500 Women Scientists is hosting a film screening of the award-winning documentary film "My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life & Science of Dr. Marian Diamond" (View the trailer here).

Part biography, part scientific adventure story, and part inspirational tale, this film details a story of a female neuroscientist who lived joyously at the forefront of scientific exploration and education, finding and sharing fact-based good news about the brain. 

The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring two local faculty in neuroscience, Marise Parent (Professor & Associate Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University) and Audrey Duarte (Associate Professor in Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology). They will discuss Dr. Diamond's impact on the field, as well as the science of learning, memory, and neuroplasticity. 

This screening is a fundraiser for our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, 500 Women Scientists. They suggest a donation of $10-15, which will directly benefit outreach events hosted by the Atlanta 500WS pod and will help make science open, inclusive and accessible. All donations are tax deductible.

Register via Eventbrite, or RSVP through Facebook.

More about the film:

"My Love Affair with the Brain" is an award-winning PBS documentary that brings the viewer right into the heart of science and into a deeper understanding of your own brain.  Critically acclaimed, extensively tested for educational use from 5th grade thru Nobel Prize winners, this film is an intimate and inspirational portrait of one of the founders of modern neuroscience. 

Prepare to be smitten. Experience for yourself why Dr. Marian Diamond described her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.”

It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science and society in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Her groundbreaking work is all the more remarkable as it began when so few women entered science at all. Shouted at from the back of the conference hall by noteworthy male academics as she presented her research, and disparaged in the scientific journals of a more conservative era, Dr. Diamond simply did the work and followed where her curiosity led her, bringing about a worldwide paradigm shift or two in the process. As she points out, in order to get to the answers that matter, you have to start by asking the right questions.

Part biography, part scientific adventure story, part inspirational tale, this is a story of a worthy role model, a woman who has lived joyously at the forefront of scientific exploration and education, finding and sharing fact-based good news about the brain.

Narrated by TV-star Mayim Bialik (Amy on Big Bang Theory, Blossom on Blossom). She not only plays a neuroscientist on TV, but is one in real life, Dr. Mayim Bialik, a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA.

Getting There:

CenterForm is located in the M. Rich Center. Look for the green awning. You will have to buzz security to get in. Take the front elevator to the 4th floor. Follow the hallway to the back.

Driving Directions:

From I-75/85 Southbound

Exit #248a (Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/State Capitol).

Turn right on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Continue for 4 blocks.

Parking garages on right on MLK & Pryor.

From I-75/85 Northbound

Exit #246 (Fulton Street/Central Avenue).

Follow Central Avenue. turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr, Drive.

Parking garages on right on MLK & Pryor.

From I-20 Eastbound

Exit #56B (Windsor Street/Spring Street/Stadium).

Go to 3rd Light; Turn Left on Central Avenue.

Stay on Central Avenue. Turn Left on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Parking garages on right on MLK & Pryor.

From I-20 Westbound

Exit #58 (Capitol Avenue).

Turn Right on Capitol to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Turn Left on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Parking Garages 2 Blocks on right on MLK & Pryor.

Public Transportation:

CenterForm recommends MARTA when convenient. We are very close to the Five Points MARTA station. Walking from the MARTA station: exit to Peachtree Street. From Peachtree Street, head SOUTH (right) toward Martin Luther King Drive. Turn left on Martin Luther King Drive. 115 Martin Luther King Jr Drive will be a block on your left.

Event Details

Date/Time:

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm