Creative Dance as Intervention for Lead Poisoned Children

Please join Professor Eva Powers as she presents her research findings on how movement and dance affect learning in children — especially young children with learning disabilities caused by lead poisoning — during their formative years.

Professor Powers will present her work beginning at 2 p.m. in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Room BC on Thursday, February 15, RSVP here. A reception will follow.

Professor Powers was the 2016-17 recipient of the Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award, sponsored by the Wayne State University Office of the President. 


Spurred by the lead poisoning of young children in Flint, Michigan, Associate Professor of Dance Eva Powers was inspired to survey the most recent research on brain plasticity, neurogenesis, child development and the impact of creative dance for children. As a result, she developed a curriculum of dance, language arts, and science for kindergarten through third grade with a focus on children with special needs (e.g. lead poisoning).

The objective of this project was to improve children's learning, neurobehavioral functioning and academic skills for children with particular focus on this unfortunate group of children who may now suffer lifelong consequences of lead poisoning during their most important formative years.


The Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award is a presidential initiative created to support a faculty-artist-in-residence; showcase exceptional faculty talent in both traditional and non-traditional arts; and honor the memory of Murray E. Jackson, a valued member of the community and former member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.

Learn more about Murray Jackson's legacy and the award and also see a list of past honorees here.

For more information about this event, please contact Special Events and Services at 313-577-0300.