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2015 brain awareness week open house

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a international effort started by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.

On March 3, 2015, approximately 650 students in grades 4-9 attended the University of Washington Brain Awareness Week Open House in the ballrooms of the Husky Union Building. This year the open house was supported by the Pacific Cascade Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.

As in past years, students started the Open House with a multimedia "Brain Assembly" with Dr. Eric Chudler. The students learned about neurotransmission, compared the brains of different animals and played with some visual illusions.

Students then visited exhibits set up by University of Washington departments and other organizations. The Neurobiology and Behavior Community Outreach Program had exhibits to test the senses and materials to build neuron models. The DO-IT program, UW Department of Otolaryngology, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, UW Department of Psychology, Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, Seattle Hydrocephalus Support Group, UW Department of Biological Structure, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Pacific Science Center, Skyline High School, and Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience all provided exhibits.

Images from the 2015 UW Brain Awareness Week Open House


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