Peppered with questions @ P:ear!

Eight volunteers from PSU, PNCA and WSUV have been dropping by P:ear at lunchtime to talk about brains, make beaded neurons, draw sulci and gyri, and examine real human cerebrums up close…

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We’ve been part of “Science Wednesdays” at this much valued “safe” space for homeless youth in downtown Portland, and have enjoyed fielding sincere and challenging questions about memories, sleep, PTSD, alcohol actions and effects, and other neuro-related topics over the last two weeks…

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We’ve now expanded our initial 11:45am – 1:00pm visit to be available in two separate sessions that run between 11:45am and 2:15pm.  Gaile Parker and Alex Voigt from PSU, and Carrie Miyamoto from PNCA, along with Jeff Leake and Bill Griesar from NW Noggin arrived early today with extra brains, and Lindsay Miller, Michael Miller, and Kirk Wydner from PSU, and Angela Johnson from WSU Vancouver took over after 1pm…

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The young people who spend time at P:ear are very interested in reading books about the brain, and P:ear does maintain a library for those who drop in.  However, they could definitely use more books about neuroscience.  If anyone is willing to donate books, or money for books, we would be happy to deliver or purchase, and make them available.  If you would like to support the P:ear library, please contact bgriesar@pacifier.com…

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Many thanks to Joy and Beth for inviting us to meet the impressive young people they work with at P:ear.  We have two additional Science Wednesdays planned for October, and are looking forward to more terrific questions and conversations about neuroscience and art…

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