Franklin and Phineas Gage

Some healthy frontal lobe development was underway in Portland Public Schools this morning..! Noggin volunteers were invited by the Academic Youth Development (AYD) program, a summer effort by PPS to socially and academically prepare new 9th graders for arrival in high schools this fall… Our outreach participants included Allie Clark, Jessica Patching-Bunch and…

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Bringing Neuroscience to Congress


Christie Pizzimenti, an enthusiastic outreach participant from Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU, presented in the US Senate this spring during our Noggin “Brains + Art” tour of Washington DC.  She just published a guide for the Society for Neuroscience on how best to promote brain science on Capitol Hill! Bringing Neuroscience to Congress NW Noggin is…

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The Science of Six Pack @ Velo

“Oh demon alcohol, sad memories I can’t recall,” sang The Kinks, about excessive drinking and the risk of blackouts and other consequences.  Rob Oberdorfer, Levi Cecil and Evan Railton of the Neutral Spirits covered the song, along with additional ethanol-related tunes during a Noggin presentation by neuroscientist Andrey Ryabinin on why we imbibe…

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Flexing frontal lobes at Floyd Light SUN

We enjoyed some post-Fourth neural fireworks today at Floyd Light Middle School in the David Douglas School District, where middle school students were playing “brain games” this week through Multnomah County’s Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (“SUN”) summer program… Noggin volunteers included Erin McConnell, Alex Voigt, Gaile Parker and Lynette Wolf from Portland State University,…

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Igniting interest with Blaze and Brains!


(Alliteration by Noggin volunteer Austin Howard!) School’s out  –  but our Noggin volunteers won’t slow down!  We kicked off a beautiful Northwest summer weekend in Vancouver, Washington, at the Healthy Kids Fair at Legacy Salmon Creek… Lynette Wolf, Austin Howard, Jessica Patching-Bunch, Gaile Parker and Allie Clark from Psychology at Portland State…

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Synaptic sprouting @ Skyview!

After a week of projects and activities with our grads and undergrads from Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and WSU Vancouver, we hit the road for field trips! We’d already enjoyed an exciting introduction to the brain on Tuesday… And creative neuron printmaking with artist Carrie Miyamoto and artist/neuroscience…

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