Making a human @ P:ear

“Electricity is really just organized lightning”  – George Carlin Today at P:ear was all about orderly currents  –  the flow of salty action potentials along biological networks of synaptically linked neurons in the human brain!  Brittany Alperin, a graduate student in Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU, brought along some educational (and also fashionable!) EEG…

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#brains2DC!

NW Noggin has started planning our return to the Capitol this fall, and to students in DC public schools! The annual Society for Neuroscience conference will bring over 30,000 researchers to Washington DC in November (11/11 – 11/15), including many of our NW Noggin (nwnoggin.org) outreach volunteers… NW Noggin brings together…

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Benefits + limits of neurons @ P:ear

Electromagnetic radiation surrounds us, suffuses us, and is absorbed, reflected and emitted by stuff in our environment.  It can be described as a spectrum of waves of varying frequencies, from the long waves (low frequencies) associated with radio transmission to the ultra-high frequencies of gamma rays… Some of this radiation bounces off objects, including…

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Hella Bright at HeLa

NW Noggin returned to Susie Ridgeway’s science classroom at Henrietta Lacks High School (HeLa High) in Vancouver this week, after our two previously scheduled visits were scuttled by snowpocalypses..! We assembled quite a crowd of volunteers educators, including Sulema Rodriguez, Allana Zuccaro, Jessica Patching-Bunch and Kayla Stippich from Psychology at Portland…

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Love & Brains @ P:ear

“Alas poor Yorick’s” Shakespearean skull  –  and a whole skeleton!  –  greeted our NW Noggin volunteers on a Tuesday return to P:ear..! We are thrilled to be back at this extraordinary and essential community nonprofit, which provides a warm, supportive, arts-filled educational space in downtown Portland, filled with caring staff and volunteers for young people,…

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Shahala Synesthesia!

Another big day of noggins and art at Shahala Middle School, this time with more than 200 5th graders! We also welcomed a larger crew of enthusiastic volunteers, including Scott Jones from Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU, Andrea Anaya, Aliese Poole, Jessica Patching-Bunch and Sulema Rodriguez from Psychology at PSU, and Christina Williams,…

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Synapses @ Shahala!

Our intrepid Noggin volunteers visited Shahala Middle School in Vancouver’s Evergreen Public School District this morning, to meet with six classes of 6th graders eager to learn about their brains! We had some seasoned outreach volunteers, including Gaile Parker and Noggin Resource Council member Jessica Patching-Bunch, both recent graduates of the Department of…

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Noggin returns to P:ear 🍐!

Noggin is returning to P:ear, a remarkable Portland organization aimed at building positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm their personal worth and help them create more meaningful and healthier lives… We are excited to communicate science through the extraordinary volunteer efforts of our talented graduate…

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