September 1, 2015

Discovery Place Names New Chairman and Board Members for 2015-2016

Dianne Chipps Bailey, Non-Profit and Foundations Practice Group Leader with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, will serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees.

CHARLOTTE – Discovery Place, Inc. has announced the appointment of six new members to the Museums’ Board of Trustees, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2015.

New members joining the Board of Trustees are Joclyn Balanda, Senior Relationship Manager, Vice President for PNC Wealth Management; Aditya Bhasin, CIO for Retail, Preferred and GWIM for Bank of America; Leibert Danielson, Vice President of Advanced Technology and Systems, Central Engineering for UTC Aerospace Systems; Fred Dumas, civic leader and Chairman of Dark Cubed; Luther Lockwood, Managing Principal of MBL Advisors; and Michael McDermott, Chief Merchandising Officer for Lowe’s.

Dianne Chipps Bailey, Non-Profit and Foundations Practice Group Leader with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, will serve as 2015-2016 chairman of the Board of Trustees. Bailey has served on Discovery Place’s Board since 2011. She is joined by new board officers vice chairman Mark McGoldrick of HomeServices Lending, LLC; treasurer Victor Fields of Cardinal Innovations; secretary Joan Lorden, Ph.D. of UNC Charlotte; and past chairman Rich Campbell of Cameron Carmichael. All officers will serve terms through May 2016.

Returning board members include Nelson Cosgrove of Toyota Racing Development; Alfred Dawson of Carolinas Healthcare System; Pat Dean of Balfour Beatty Construction; Lee Fite of Fifth Third Bank; Martin Foley of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Robyn Hamilton of Novant Health; Patsy Kinsey of Charlotte City Council; Gayle Lanier of Duke Energy; civic leader Stuart Malter; Michelle Moloney of Wells Fargo; civic leader Bill Morrissett; Sean O’Neil of Wells Fargo; Chris Perri of CBRE Global Corporate Services; Walter Price of Moore & Van Allen, PLLC; Julio Ramirez, Ph. D. of Davidson College; civic leader Paul Rutledge; Andrea Smith of Bank of America; Troy Tozzi of Deloitte & Touche, LLP; and Tom Zweng, MD of Novant Health.

Each Discovery Place trustee serves on at least one of five standing Board committees. Trustees approve organizational policies, review operational goals, advocate for the organization, support organization staff and contribute financially to the Museums’ success. They also ensure that adequate financial and other necessary support is made available through a broad variety of sources in order to sustain the programs and other services of the corporation.

About Discovery Place

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261, visit or connect with Discovery Place on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Discovery Place, Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.

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Emotions are complicated. They’re so complicated that scientists still don’t even fully understand them! One thing that scientists do know, though, is that some of our biggest feelings are caused by a tiny part of the brain called the amygdala.

The amygdala is a bundle of important nerve cells deep inside the brain. Everyone has two amygdales—there’s one in each half of the brain. The amygdala works with the parts of the brain that control memory, behavior and emotion, and this tiny group of cells packs a big punch when it comes to emotions, especially stress and fear.

Most people don’t like to feel scared, but humans are fascinated by it! Think of all the spookiness in the month of October. The rush of energy and emotion people get by being scared can be enjoyable in controlled situations, like a scary movie or an amusement park ride.

No matter the source of the scare, the amygdala’s role is the same. The amygdala is like a bridge connecting two very different parts of the brain: the part that controls the body functions you aren’t aware of (like breathing) and the part that “thinks” for you.

This means that when your amygdala gets information that tells you something scary is happening, it can send signals that make your heart race and your breathing get faster, making you feel scared!