Synapsing with Summer @ SAIL!

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is a Portland State University program (modeled after the original SAIL program at the University of Oregon) that partners with Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) in the Fair Neuroimaging Lab at OHSU… SAIL’s mission is “to encourage promising under-privileged middle and high school…

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Cellphones & Receptors at Franklin SUN

Inequity is inherent in American education.  Many private schools, and public schools in higher income districts offer multiple electives, and further opportunities for academic, athletic and social engagement.  Wealthier families often pay for summer programs, travel, hire tutors, and otherwise supplement school experiences with contacts, experiences and connections that can…

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Memories @ MedCure

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose…”   ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! MedCure is an Oregon company that connects people donating their bodies to science with doctors learning to successfully perform surgery, researchers developing and testing new…

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Sweetness, Shelter & Savants

“There is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet, you’re actually quite literally connected by your neurons.” — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran Noggin returned to our friends at p:ear for a second…

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EPSPs & Entropy!

Brains process information, and brain cells transmit data about the world  –  both external and internal  –  through the flow of electricity.  There is often uncertainty in these processes, and multiple potential routes for details about sights, sounds, gut feelings and social interactions to flow through our extraordinarily complex networks of wired neurons.  Entropy…

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Ask Me Anything: Science Reddit Noggin AMA!

We had a blast answering direct, insightful, heartfelt and enjoyable questions about arts-integrated neuroscience outreach from over 3000 curious and passionate participants in our Reddit Science AMA this week.  It is exciting to see strong interest in brain research, education and the arts  –  the conversation apparently drew more than 21,000 viewers worldwide! Check it out here:  Science Outreach…

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