There have been extraordinary advances in understanding the brain, but how do scientists actually study the neurons inside it? The nervous system presents a fundamental challenge: it remains the most elusive, mysterious and maddeningly complex object in the universe. This is according to Carl Schoonover, a Columbia University neuroscientist. In an upcoming talk, titled The Brain Revealed, Schoonover will explain to a West Virginia audience the ingenious tools that let allow insight into the human brain. He will also share the gorgeous imagery they reveal.

 Schoonover’s presentation is part of the popular STEM Speaker Series. The event will take place at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater on Summers Street in downtown Charleston on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free but, due to space constraints, must be obtained in advance via

  Schoonover is also the author of Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century and has written for The New York Times, Le Figaro and Scientific American. Schoonover will participate in a book signing immediately following his presentation. Copies of the book will be sold by Taylor Books at the event.

 The Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series is organized by the Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research with support from a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. The goal of the series is to promote the importance of research and the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields to all West Virginians.

 The Division of Science and Research directs the EPSCoR program in West Virginia, while also managing other state and federally-funded academic research programs across the state. The program provides strategic leadership for infrastructure advancement and development of competitive research opportunities in STEM disciplines.