University of Washington
Brain Awareness Week - 2003

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a nationwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research. The official week for BAW was March 10-16, 2003, but the whole month of March is filled with activities. Classroom visits and an Open House made BAW at the University of Washington a real success.

University of Washington BAW Open House

Map of Exhibits

On March 27, 300 students attended the University of Washington Brain Awareness Week Open House (10 am to 1 pm; Health Sciences Bldg., 3rd Floor Lobby).

On arrival to the Open House, each student received a:

  • BAW button
  • BAW bag
  • BAW/Neuroscience for Kids Key Chains, Magnets and Rulers
  • Dana Alliance publications
  • "Brainy Toys" from Archie McPhee
To start the open house, students attended an interactive, multimedia "Brain Power" assembly produced by the Pacific Science Center/Group Health Cooperative Brain Power Team.

Some students and teachers received gifts ("Brain Facts," T-shirts, a ski helmets, gift certificates) donated by: the Cascade Bicycle Club; Fiorini Sports; Science, Art and More; All for Kids and the Society for Neuroscience.

There were several UW departments and other organizations with interactive exhibits for the students to explore. Students were connected to EEG machines to record their brain waves (UW Biobehavioral Nursing and EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology) and to a transcranial Doppler machine to measure their brain blood flow (UW Dept. of Anesthesiology). The UW Department of Biological Structure had a comparative neuroanatomy display and the UW Department of Physiology and Biophysics had an exhibit to demonstrate how movement and vision interact. The Pacific Science Center/Group Health Cooperative Brain Power Team provided many exhibits that they bring out to schools and had a real human brain for the students to hold. The ThinkFirst! organization, LifeCenter Northwest, DO-IT program, and the Washington Association for Biomedical Research and Department of Biology and Genome Sciences also provided exhibits.

BAW Magnet

BAW Ruler

BAW Key Chain

Open House Activities

Braille Machine

EEG Machine

Reflex Testing

EEG Machine

Brain Blood Flow Testing

Brain Power Assembly

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