2023 University of Washington Brain Awareness Week Speakers Bureau

Neuroscientists at the University of Washington (UW) will speak with you about the exciting field of brain research. Teachers interested in having a neuroscientist visit (virtually or in-person) can request a speaker.

Teachers can now request a speaker by completing this online form.

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Speakers

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Eric Chudler, Ph.D.
Name: Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.
Position: Research Associate Professor; UW Department of Bioengineering
Topics: General introduction to neuroscience; neuroethics; neurotechnology
Appropriate Level(s): Elementary school, middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/research.html
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Lila Levinson
Name: Lila Levinson
Position: PhD Candidate, UW Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Topics: How the brain learns and changes; neurotechnology; science writing
Appropriate Level(s): Elementary school, middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: https://llevinson12.wixsite.com/mysite
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Eric Lumsden, Ph.D.
Name: Eric W. Lumsden, Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Perkel lab, UW Department of Biology
Topics: Neurophysiology, songbird seasonal plasticity and vocal control
Appropriate Level(s): Middle school, high school or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: https://ericlumsden.github.io/
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Maneeshika Madduri
Name: Maneeshika Madduri
Position: PhD Candidate, UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Topics: Neuroengineering; brain-computer interfaces; neurotechnology
Appropriate Level(s): Middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: https://sites.uw.edu/mmadduri/
David 
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David Perkel, Ph.D.
Name: David Perkel, Ph.D.
Position: Professor and Chair, UW Department of Biology
Topics: Brains, in particular bird brains; how birds learn to sing; how birds balance on two feet
Appropriate Level(s): Elementary school, middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person
Website: https://perkelab.wixsite.com/mysite
Scott 
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Scott Ransom, Ph.D.
Name: Scott Ransom, Ph.D.
Position: Director, Innovation; UW Center for Neurotechnology
Topics: Neurotechnology; Implanted Medical Devices; Robotics; Intro to Neuroscience
Appropriate Level(s): Elementary school, middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottransom/
Samantha 
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Samantha Sun
Name: Samantha Sun
Position: PhD Candidate, UW Department of Bioengineering
Topics: Computational neuroscience, brain-computer interfaces, neurotechnology
Appropriate Level(s): Middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: https://samantha-sun.com/
Kurt Weaver 
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Kurt Weaver, Ph.D.
Name: Kurt Weaver, Ph.D.
Position: Associate Professor, UW Department of Radiology, Co-Lead Mind, Brain and Behavior Course, UW School of Medicine's basic instruction in neurology
Topics: Introduction to neuroscience. Systems and clinical neuroscience, Brain stimulation and neuroimaging technologies for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders
Appropriate Level(s): Elementary school, middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person
Website: https://depts.washington.edu/gridlab1/team-member/kurt-weaver-phd/
Courtnie Paschall 
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Courtnie Paschall
Name: Courtnie Paschall
Position: PhD Candidate, UW Department of Bioengineering, Neural Engineering
Topics: Introduction to and advanced concepts in neuroscience, neural engineering, brain-computer interfaces, neurotechnology; Exploring commercial EEG devices & citizen science; Motivational speaking and career/academic guidance
Appropriate Level(s): Elementary school, middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cpaschall/
Chloe Dahleen 
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Chloe Dahleen
Position: Fourth year undergraduate majoring in neuroscience and minoring in bioethics; undergraduate researcher at the Kraemer Lab and UW Neuroethics group; Editor-in-Chief at Grey Matters Journal
Topics: Neurodegeneration (particularly tauopathies/AD); neuroethics; science communication; basic neuroscience; undergraduate/college experiences & preparation tips
Appropriate Levels: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Availability: Virtual or in-person
Website: Grey Matters Journal Leadership Team
Janna Hong 
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Janna Hong
Name: Janna Hong
Position: Senior Undergraduate majoring in neuroscience and double minoring in computational neuroscience and education
Topics: Basic neuroscience, AI + Neuroscience, bioengineering, college tips, neurodiversity in education
Appropriate Levels: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Availability: Virtual or in-person
Website: i2-labs.org
Sophia Mar 
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Sophia Mar
Name: Sophia Mar
Position: Research Scientist/Engineer I, UW Department of Pharmacology
Topics: Neuropharmacology (opioid and cannabinoid systems); Career/academic guidance
Appropriate Level(s): Elementary school, middle school, or high school
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: www.linkedin.com/in/sophmar
Elena Judd 
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Elena Judd
Name: Elena Judd
Position: Graduate student, UW Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Topics: General and Systems Neuroscience, Career/ Academic Guidance, Science Writing
Appropriate Level(s): Elementary school, middle school, high school, or adult audiences
Availability: Virtual or in-person presentation
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elena-judd-246097198/