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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For five Fridays this summer, 20 incoming freshman at San Diego State University attended what’s known as the Research Academy, Jr., a program designed to help students get ready for college.  Modeled after a similar program for undergraduate students, this academy includes presentations from researchers and students involved with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at SDSU.

Researchers at the University of Washington will soon kick off a study to help protect people who use brain-computer interfaces, devices that sense electrical patterns in your brain.

Students take part in the Elevator Pitch ContestCareer counselors and employment recruiters report that many college students and job seekers are not prepared to succinctly describe their skills and abilities to others. Through my work with the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center at the University of Washington, I organized an “Elevator Pitch Contest” to help students build these skills.

Justin Thompson was one of the first veterans to take part in the Research Experience for Veterans – University Projects program in Seattle. The program reignited his interest in pursuing graduate work, Thompson said. He’ll start his PhD studies in applied mathematics at the UW this fall.

Teachers building SpikerBoxes and close-up of soldering ironNeuroscientist Greg Gage has made SpikerBoxes famous. His TED-Ed talk from March 2012 has more than half a million views, which is pretty impressive given that it's not a mainstream topic. A SpikerBox demonstrates the principles of electrophysiology, the study of the electrical properties of cells and tissues, using the leg of a cockroach, or other insects and creatures that lack a backbone or spine.

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