Brains for 437 @ HeLa High!

Our skilled undergraduate outreach participants, a total of twelve from WSU Vancouver and Portland State University, led multiple discussions of brain structure and function for wave upon wave of high school students at HeLa High School in Vancouver this morning… We arrived early, and split into two rooms:  the library for…

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Brain Health at Sabin K-8

Our Noggin volunteers from WSU Vancouver and Portland State spent two afternoons speaking with 6th through 8th graders at Sabin K-8, a PPS school in Northeast Portland… We spoke in four Health classes about adolescent brain development, and concrete steps we all can take to improve brain health, including good sleep,…

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NW Noggin visits DC!

For the annual Society for Neuroscience conference, where eight undergraduate participants from WSU Vancouver and PSU presented a poster on outreach activities from summer 2014! A pdf of the NW Noggin poster is available here… SfN Poster NW Noggin 2014 In the photo above are Merri Hansen, Amanda Yancey, Bill Griesar,…

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Waltzing Mice @ Velo!

Amanda Barkley-Levenson, a graduate student in Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU, and Kelsey Holland-Rayle, an illustration major at PNCA (the Pacific Northwest College of Art), teamed up this week to present a lively introduction to the fascinating history of how mice studied in genetic and behavioral research came to be… The tale (tail?) involved…

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Drugs, Genes & Waltzing Mice!

Tales from Genetic Research! Mouse fanciers developed unusual, multi-colored, alcohol drinking, even “waltzing” mice  –  while scientists sought out rodents with unique behaviors and genes. Amanda Barkley-Levenson, a graduate student in Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU, and Kelsey Holland-Rayle, a student of illustration at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, will…

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Velo Cult:  Megan Slaker & Dawn Nielson draw a memorable crowd!

Almost 100 people piled into Velo Cult on Thursday night (10/23) to learn about memories, including drug memories, and innovative efforts to disrupt such memories by removing chemical scaffolding around synapses known as “perineuronal nets…” Megan Slaker, a graduate student in Neuroscience at Washington State University Vancouver, led the crowd in a spirited…

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NW Noggin heads to McMinnville!

Four undergraduate neuroscience outreach volunteers from WSU Vancouver (Chelsey Anderson, Matt Wadzita, Grace Hoinowski, and Angela Johnson), and one accomplished Clark County high school student (Alli Probst), brought brains and art projects to Patton Middle School in McMinnville, Oregon on Friday, where 270 8th graders were reading the book “Flowers for Algernon.” We met…

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NW Noggin on VIDEO

In May (2014) our talented program participants (and PSU undergraduates) Lindsay Craver and Michael Miller debuted their brand new video about NW Noggin at Velo Cult in NE Portland.  Watch and enjoy! All About NW Noggin It was part of a “Bikes, brains and beer” event that raised money for…

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