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.


UW Graduate Student Matthew Sample recently participated in the CSNE’s summer exchange with BrainLinks-BrainTools at the University of Freiburg. He soon learned that BrainLinks-BrainTools not only has researchers, but it also has its own philosophers, choreographers and dancers.

Sergio Juarez, a senior studying mechanical engineering at San Diego State University, was recently awarded the prestigious California State University Trustee's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

University of Washington's Elle O’Brien won the Perfect Pitch competition Friday, September 19, at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering in Seattle.

In Seattle, David Mills, director of Infinity Box Theatre Project, tackles science topics and related social implications in his productions. For the last two years, he’s presented “Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human,” delving into robots and artificial intelligence in 2013 and, this year, prosthetics and neural enhancements. He matches up playwrights with researchers, and lets them, well, create a story.

A team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has demonstrated simultaneous recording and optical stimulation of neural activity in the spinal cord using flexible fiber probes, moving this type of technology a step closer in helping to restore motor function in people who are paralyzed or disabled.