NW Noggin: Interview with the Dana Foundation!

NW Noggin is honored to be a Brain Awareness Week partner of the Dana Foundation, a leading philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.  We share their enthusiasm for active outreach, and their commitment to educating the public about the potential of research… LEARN MORE:  The Dana Foundation LEARN MORE:  Brain Awareness Week…

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Gardening Glia @ Gardner

We brought a crowd of eager volunteers  –  along with art supplies, including plants, grasses and vibrant mosses from local gardens  –  to the STEAM-focused Gardner School of Arts and Sciences, in a bucolic neighborhood of Salmon Creek, Washington… LEARN MORE:  From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand-in-Hand Sulema Rodriguez and…

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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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