Axons @ Ardenwald!

The roses (and dendrites!) were blooming this week in Milwaukie, Oregon, south of Portland but synapsed to the city by the orange line MAX… We arrived at Ardenwald Elementary in North Clackamas Public Schools, signed in and began taping a vibrant brain map to the carpeted floor of Sarah Power’s second grade classroom… We’d gathered another sizable crowd…

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Shocking Connections in La Grande!

I’m a computer guy. So when I drive through cities, I’m always drawn to the technology that’s woven into everything — the stoplights and streetlights, theater marquees, digital clocks and billboards. I imagine the twists of cables inside each of them, winding down from the bulb to the controllers that switch the…

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Sulci in St. Johns

North Portland’s Sitton Elementary has fast become one of our favorite Portland Public Schools, home to a diverse and curious community of students in the forested neighborhood of St. John’s… We’d enjoyed a rainy, energetic day with multilingual kindergarteners and their teachers earlier in May, and now returned to Sitton in…

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Moon Hooch as Mind Minister

Post written by graduate Noggin volunteer Brittany Alperin “Music can minister to the minds diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorry, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with its sweet oblivious antidote, cleanse the full bosom of all perilous stuff that weighs upon the heart.” –William…

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Changing Brain Waves of Depression

“I felt a funeral in my brain, And mourners, to and fro, Kept treading, treading, till it seemed That sense was breaking through.” – Emily Dickinson Depression proved a compelling topic for our latest NW Noggin presentation at Velo Cult, with a bar-estimated 200 community members gathering to connect, engage and learn…

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Blue Mountain Brains!

On a dry and splendid spring afternoon, fifteen enthusiastic Noggin volunteers headed east for our second “synaptic community connection” in the inland Pacific Northwest… We’d made terrific connections with schools in Davenport, Washington during Brain Awareness Week in March, and were subsequently approached by the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC) in La Grande to answer…

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Una sinapsis con Sitton

Post by Jessica Patching-Bunch, Noggin Resource Council member for Communications with language edits by Andrea Anaya from Portland State Neuroscience Club.  Llegamos temprano a Sitton Elementary; una escuela primaria ubicada en el vecindario de St. Johns en el norte de Portland. Fuimos 14 voluntarios de PSU, OHSU y WSU… LEARN…

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NIH Noggins @ OR MESA!

Post and pictures by Jessica Patching-Bunch, Noggin Resource Council member for Communications NW Noggin joined in the fun at Portland State University’s Oregon MESA Day for area students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pathways. The third floor Smith Memorial Ballroom was filled with eager young minds ready to…

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Depolarization @ the Doug Fir

Exhilarated (and a little exhausted!) from the Society for Neuroscience Oregon/Southwest Washington Chapter meeting, we headed next to Portland’s subterranean Doug Fir Lounge, where the decor was decidedly cortical! And woodsy! And welcoming! We were there to hear the band Moon Hooch with Noggin volunteers Brittany Alperin from Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU, and…

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