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2009 brain awareness week open house

pic Brain Awareness Week (BAW) was celebrated on March 11, 2009, at the University of Washington when 716 elementary, middle and high school students attended an Open House. The Open House was supported by the Hope Heart Institute, Pacific Cascade Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience,pic University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials, UW Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior and the UW Student Activities & Union Facilities.

To start the Open House, students were led by Dr. Eric Chudler through an interactive, multimedia "Brain Assembly" to learn about the nervous system. We attempted to set a new world record for the largest model of an action potential; see the attempt:

Students then visited exhibits set up by University of Washington departments and other organizations. Students were connected to a transcranial Doppler machine to measure their brain blood flow (UW Dept. of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine). The UW Department of Biological Structure had a comparative neuroanatomy display and the Neurobiology and Behavior Program had an exhibit to test the senses and to learn about natural neurotoxins. The Pacific Science Center provided many exhibits that they bring out to schools. The DO-IT program, UW Department of Otolaryngology, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Women's Bioethics Project, UW Genome Sciences, UW Biology, UW Chapter of Unite for Sight, Youth Take Heart and Seattle Hydrocephalus Support Group also provided exhibits.

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