Golden Brain Award
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|Golden Brain Award|
|Awarded for||Discoveries in vision and brain|
|Presented by||Minerva Foundation|
The Golden Brain Award is an international science award in the field of neuroscience. It is given by the Berkeley-based Minerva Foundation every year since 1985. The foundation specifically aims at fundamental contributions to research in vision and the brain. The award is given usually in Berkeley at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The Golden Brain is a trophy of a gold-plated model of the human brain attached to a bronze base.
The Golden Brain Award is open to any person who has made innovative investigations and the resulting influence of those findings on the field of vision and the brain. Preference is given to studies involving higher brain function such as the aspects of behaviour, thought, attention, decision making and rational insight, and cognitive visual system. Special attributes are also considered such as a lack of deserved recognition, which is common in young scientists, and the potential for future important scientific revelations. Formal nominations are made by previous recipients, and final decision is made by the selection board.
The Golden Brain is a model of human brain, and the name is given as it is coloured with gold. It was originally designed and crafted by Florence Resnikoff, professor of art and head of the Metal Arts Program of the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. The brain is a pedestal of ten inches high, held by a spinal cord-like stem which is fixed to a metal base. It is primarily made of bronze which is coated with a 23-carat gold plating at Monsen Plating in Berkeley. The flat base painted by spraying it with an acidic mixture to give it the bluish-green patina. The brain and base were fastened together, and a polished brass circle engraved with the awardee's name is mounted on the trophy. The wooden box for the trophy is made by a furniture maker, Lawrence Gandsey of Oakland. The box is of eastern maple grown (Acer saccharum) in the Appalachians and is held together with splines of mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) from Honduras, and is finished with a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine.
Source: Minerva Foundation
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