University of Washington Brain Awareness Week - 2000

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 13-19, 2000, but the whole month of March was filled with activities. Classroom visits, an Open House and a visit to the Pacific Science Center "Brain Day" made BAW at the University of Washington a real success.

Classroom Visits

Artwork by students in Ms. Kristi Lin's Class (North City Elementary School)

Joanne S.



University of Washington BAW Open House

Map of Exhibits

On March 7, 304 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 bookmark
  • Dana Alliance publications
    • Brain Body Science
    • Update 2000
    • Brain Connections
    • Unlocking the Mysteries of the Brain
To start the open house, students attended the interactive, multimedia "Brain Power" assembly produced by the Pacific Science Center/Group Health Cooperative Brain Power Team.

Some students recieved gifts (books, pamphlets, brain models, bicycle/ski helmets) donated by: Archie McPhee, the Cascade Bicycle Club, Fiorini Sports, Gregg’s Greenlake Cycle, and Science, Art and More.

There were several UW departments and other organizations with interactive exhibits for the students to see. Students were connected to EEG machines for recording of their brain waves (UW EEG/EMG clinic; UW Biobehavioral Nursing), a transcranial Doppler machine to measure their brain blood flow (UW Dept. of Anesthesiology) and a visual/auditory response time device to measure their reaction time (UW Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine). The Pacific Science Center/Group Health Cooperative Brain Power Team provided many exhibits that they bring out to schools and even had a real human brain for the students to hold. A presentation by the Department of Pharmacology allowed students to compare the brain of several different animals. The ThinkFirst! organization, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Washington Association for Biomedical Research, UW Department of Neurosurgery and the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Center also provided exhibits.

Open House Activities

Brain Blood Flow

Reaction Time

Comparing Brains

Brain Waves

Brain Power Exhibits

Brain Power Team

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