Hailey Oppenlander | June 5, 2019
Senior neuroscience and behavior major Joseph Weiler headed to the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco this spring with a poster summarizing his research on a popular concussion exam.
He left with the “excellent poster award” for his ability to communicate his thesis research to all audiences. The judge? An 8-year-old budding scientist.
Though the award was a lighthearted way to involve youth in scientific discussion, Weiler found it notable — he was around the same age when he first became interested in neuroscience. He sustained his first concussion when he was in third grade, an injury that sparked his passion for studying the medical condition in depth.
“I have three brothers, and we've all had concussions throughout our lives,” Weiler said. “Two of us have had very serious and lengthy recoveries, and two of us had completely normal ones, and the huge amount of variability from case to case has always been really interesting to me.”
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