My name is Ireland, and I am currently a senior at Westover School in Middlebury, CT. I am passionate about the combination of neuroscience and communications and hope to study this as a dual major in college. After learning about many tragic events and violent acts on the news, I started to question what exactly is being done to prevent violence. I questioned the news media’s approach to communication on these topics. Most stories dealt with conflicting interests or politics and few dealt with causes and solutions. I believe that society needs more strong voices supported by scientific research to communicate a standard understanding of brain health while breaking its many stigmas to help prevent violence and build more trust in communities. With my interest in advocacy, human rights, writing, and problem solving; I want to combine these communication skills with a focus on neuroscience. I want to communicate neuroscience research in hopes that there can be more awareness brought to the brain health fields, and a greater demand (and financial support) for neuroscience research. I am beyond excited to be part of this organization, and cannot wait to see where it takes me. In my free time I like to hike, play with my dog, create art, and play field hockey.