The Northwest Neuroscience Outreach Group ( is a collaborative educational effort to enthuse and engage academic priority students and the general public in the study and practice of neuroscience and art.  We welcome, value and depend on significant volunteer contributions from dedicated individuals from academic institutions, arts organizations, public school systems and the community.


These partners have gone above and beyond to make art and science teaching and enrichment opportunities a reality in the Portland/Vancouver area…

Department of Psychology, Portland State University

Undergraduates and graduates at this diverse, urban campus are among the most committed, fervent, passionate supporters of science outreach and education through NW Noggin.  The department offers a concentration in Neuropsychology/Neuroscience, and pipe cleaner neurons hang in the main lobby!

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences supports our efforts, and Sarah Morgan in the Art Department regularly welcomes Noggin into her Art in the Elementary School course to invite student participants.

PSU Neuroscience Club

The Neuroscience Club at PSU (their Facebook page is here) won a SALPie (Student Activities and Leadership Programs) award in 2014 as the “Student Organization of the Year,” and again as the 2017 “Service Organization of the Year.”  Bill Griesar of PSU Psychology, and NW Noggin, was awarded the “Faculty/Community Partner of the Year” SALPie Award in 2016

Pear PSU

Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University

OHSU Brain Institute

Both OBI and Behavioral Neuroscience help make the Pacific Northwest a “neuroscience powerhouse,” in the words of Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer.  OHSU’s enthusiastic graduate students are always eager to inform the broader community about exciting brain research happening on Pill Hill…


Oregon National Primate Research Center

An exceptional contributor to neuroscience research and education in the Portland/Vancouver area.  We always look forward to bringing K-12 and undergraduates to meet Diana Gordon, the irrepressible outreach coordinator, who provides insightful tours and arranges panels of experts to answer student questions…


Portland Alcohol Research Center at OHSU and Portland VA Medical Center

Mark Rutledge-Gorman at PARC is a tireless supporter of STEAM education work in the community…


Regional Arts and Culture Council




Portland Art Museum

The museum, the 7th oldest in the United States, is another extraordinary partner in furthering education about both brain science and art…



Portland Public Schools (PPS)

Vancouver Public Schools (VPS)

P:ear:  Creatively Mentoring Homeless Youth

P:ear builds positive relationships with homeless youth in our community, and NW Noggin is thrilled to collaborate with them as well…


American Brain Coalition

A non-profit organization comprised of leading professional neurological, psychological, and psychiatric associations and patient groups, and an exceptional partner in our 2016 outreach efforts in Washington DC!  We were honored to attend the Obama White House Frontiers conference with Katie Sale, the Executive Director, in fall 2016…


A whole body donation and surgical education center in Portland, Oregon, which offered human brains for outreach!  Select Noggin volunteers have spent memorable hours here learning and exploring, and absorbing understanding, knowledge and insight from Michael, Miguel and Andrew into how our bodies look, feel and function.

We remain awestruck by this experience, which made us more effective educators, and are grateful for the generosity of those who donate their bodies to clinical and basic research, education and outreach.

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Home to exceptional student and faculty artists, whose outreach efforts through NW Noggin excite and engage students throughout the region…


Youth Engaged in Science

YES! Youth Engaged in Science is a multi-faceted outreach program run by the Fair Neuroimaging Lab aimed at exposing underrepresented students to science, research & STEM-related  careers. YES! aims to get kids excited about science through education, mentorship, and hands-on experience. The program also educates families about mental health and the importance of community participation in biomedical research, with the hopes of increasing enrollment of underrepresented populations in clinical studies.

Noggin has partnered with YES!, bringing K-8 students from Portland and Vancouver public schools into OHSU imaging labs, and graduate students and post-docs from OHSU into public classrooms…

GEAR UP Program

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)


Association for Psychological Science

Velo Cult

By far our favorite bike shop pub anywhere in the world 🙂


Department of Neuroscience, Washington State University Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is the local suburban branch and commuter campus of Washington State University, and offers a public undergraduate Department of Neuroscience.  Their students are terrific, and eager to volunteer with NW Noggin for innovative outreach in our community.

Explore more Cougar science outreach with Ask Dr. Universe at the main WSU campus in Pullman.


Clatsop Community College


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