Making the Invisible Visible: Violence, Compassion, and the Brain

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    • Thursday October 26, 2017 - Friday October 27, 2017
      6:00 pm - 6:59 pm
  • Location: Room 152, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, 266 Fourth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
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A. Maureen Rouhi, Ph.D.
Director of Communications
College of Sciences


Summary Sentence: A Frontiers in Science Lecture by Jeremy Richman, of the Avielle Foundation and Yale School of Medicine

Full Summary: This lecture is made possible by the College of Sciences' Living and Learning Communities SMaRT and SHaRP. Jeremy Richman, a neuroscientist with extensive research experience in neuroscience, neuropharmacology, drug discovery, cardiovascular biology, and other medical areas, seeks a better understanding of the biological and environmental factors  associated with violence and compassion. 

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  • Avielle Foundation Avielle Foundation
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A Frontiers in Science lecture made possible by the College of Sciences' Living Learning Communities SMaRT and SHaRP

Brain science is the least explored of all our sciences. As a result, fear, trepidation, and stigma are associated with the invisible world of brain illnesses (referred to as “mental illnesses”). People are afraid to advocate for themselves and their loved ones to get help in times of need.

But the brain is just another organ, and as such, can be healthy or unhealthy. In this presentation, Jeremy Richman will discuss what is known about risk factors for engaging in violent behavior and protective factors for building connection and compassion.

Richman seeks to better understand the neurobiological and environmental factors associated with violence and compassion. Once a deeper understanding has been established, these insights can be used to educate citizens about how to identify the signs and symptoms of someone troubled or in crisis; how to responsibly advocate for those at risk of violence to themselves or others; and most importantly, how to foster kind, healthy, and compassionate individuals and communities.


Jeremy G. Richman is a cofounder and the CEO of the Avielle Foundation. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to preventing violence and building compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education. Richman is also a lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

Richman has extensive research experience, from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology, inflammation, and drug discovery. He is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives.

Richman is dedicated to reaching out and educating youth, and he believes that our future relies on their imaginations. This is manifest in his teaching of martial arts, biology, neuroscience, and rock climbing to children and teens for the past 25 years.

Most importantly, Richman believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses.


Lectures in this series are intended to inform, engage, and inspire students, faculty, staff, and the public on developments, breakthroughs, and topics of general interest in the sciences and mathematics. Lecturers tailor their talk for nonexpert audiences.


The closest parking would be the Visitor Parking Lot at 355 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

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Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC), College of Sciences, EAS, School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Mathematics, School of Physics, School of Psychology

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Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
Frontiers in Science Lecture, Living Learning Communitiies, go-neuro
  • Created By: A. Maureen Rouhi
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  • Created On: Sep 28, 2017 - 12:06pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 9, 2017 - 2:31pm