Engage and Enable Blog

In this blog and by sharing our stories, we aim to ENGAGE students, researchers and the public, and ENABLE people who have disabilities.

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Alexandra Pike with students at Juanita High SchoolAlexandra Pike, a science teacher at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Washington, loved teaching and working with students, but she missed the in-depth research experiences she used to have as an undergraduate at Grinnell College. When she discovered the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) summer program at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), she saw an opportunity to not only introduce her students to neural engineering but to also immerse herself in an authentic research experience.

Research Experience for Veterans participant, Kevin Glymph, looking through a microscope in the lab of CSNE member, Steve PerlmutterWhen Kevin Glymph, a pre-med senior at The Evergreen State College, was contacted by a professor to see if he might be interested in the 2017 Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) Research Experience for Veterans (REV) program, he already knew that he probably wouldn’t fit the typical student profile. However, this didn’t deter him from applying.

Jesse Woodbury, REU program participant, working in the labWhen Jesse Woodbury was a sophomore at Morehouse College he was already interested in becoming a neurologist. Because most of the coursework in his biology major was textbook-oriented, he looked for ways to get some hands-on experience in neuroscience. One of his professors told him about the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering’s (CSNE’s) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. After some investigation, Woodbury became very intrigued by what it had to offer.

When Todd Stabelfeldt, affectionately dubbed “The Quadfather” by the group of friends he rolls with, visited the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) to speak at the Aug. 2 practitioner and end-user roundtable, he quickly commanded the room’s attention with disarming honesty, a no-nonsense attitude and down-to-earth humor. “I roll in the coolest-ass wheelchair in this world. It’s a Permobil F5. Black-on-black, murdered-out. West Coast style,” Stabelfeldt quipped, as he demonstrated the high-tech features of his ride with flair.

Over 40 high school and college students with disabilities recently visited the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) from the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) Center at the University of Washington (UW). The students were part of the DO-IT Scholars Summer Study program at the UW, and their visit to the CSNE happened to coincide with DO-IT's 25th Anniversary Celebration.

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