Evening with

April 10 to May 1, 2020
YouTube Live Streams

May 1st Panel Live Stream at 7:00pm



A large community poster that has a brain centered around intricately designed flowers with its anatomy labeled is being carefully colored in by previous EWN attendees.
A large group of EWN attendees are conversing with each other outside the Kane 120 lecture hall.
A vast audience is attentively listening to and learning from the panelists’ discussion in the Kane lecture hall.
Outside the Kane lecture hall, two audience members are observing the displayed Grey Matters art created by professor Eb Fetz at the University of Washington, which shows the creative and beautiful side of art in science.
Audience members are lining up in front of a microphone, preparing to ask their burning questions to the established panelists.
The six panelists are thoroughly answering questions from the audience on a stage decorated with neurons, balloons, and tissue paper using purple theme colors from EWN 2019.

Most of us take for granted that the brain and its 86 billion neurons quietly goes about the business of being “you” without much fuss. It senses the environment, coordinates movement, processes thoughts, stores and recalls memories, and replays that song over and over and over again.

An Evening with Neuroscience is a celebration of that remarkable brain in your head. This event is an opportunity for the public to engage directly with brain researchers. We invite neuroscientists, psychologists, and clinicians to discuss up-and-coming research, dispel myths, answer your questions submitted prior to the event, and share a few brainy laughs with the public. After an hour of discussion, we will open up the floor to audience questions and discussion with the panelists. EVERYONE is invited to participate.

So, come join us for an informal, casual, and fun opportunity to learn about neuroscience. EVERYONE is invited – no neuroscience background needed! So, strike up a conversation, ask a question, and learn more about the “mush between your ears!”

With the ever evolving situation with COVID-19, we have decided to move An Evening with Neuroscience online. We care about our community and want to bring thought provoking neuroscience topics to you while supporting the global effort to slow the spread of the virus. Our goal has always been to improve scientific communication and access to neuroscience so instead of attending in person and engaging conversation with our panelists in person on May 1st, you can now watch our YouTube live streams on Fridays from April 10th to May 1st.

All our streams are interactive via the live comment section. To engage with the panelists, you can watch clips of the panelists answering interview questions on our Facebook page “Grey Matters Journal” or read information about them here. Afterwards, you can submit as many questions to the panelists as you’d like!

Here is our stream schedule:

On April 10th at 6:30pm, we’ll gear up the event with interactive brain teasers and showcase some of the incredible creations of our artists from recent issues! See the stream here:

On April 17th at 6:30pm, we’ll be hosting an online session of live brain pong! See the stream here:

On April 24th at 6:30pm, the biological structure department’s own Dr. Robinson and Dr. Mulligan will be conducting a brain dissection via live stream! See the stream here:

On May 1st at 7:00pm, we’ll have a live stream featuring our panel of neuroscientists, who’ll be answering all your burning questions about neuroscience! See the stream here:

If you missed a stream, don’t worry! They are re-uploaded to YouTube as videos that you can watch back on your own time. Just click on the links provided above!


Live closed captions are provided for all streams, and ASL interpreters will be interpreting the April 17th, April 24th, and May 1st streams.

Meet the Panel

Adrian KC Lee

Adrian KC Lee is a Professor in the UW Department of Speech and Hearing Science and leads the Laboratory for Auditory Brain Sciences and Neuroengineering at I-LABS. He teaches many classes about hearing science, how sounds interact with the brain, and a combined perspective encompassing engineering and neuroscience. He continues to publish many research topics such as the link between the perception of sound and neuroimaging, the relationship between listening difficulties and disorders, and the effect of being in a crowded auditory scene.

Dr. Maureen Neitz

Maureen Neitz is a professor in the UW Department of Ophthalmology, a member of International Color Vision Society (ICVS) and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). She finished her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at San Jose University and earned her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research involves a wide range of fields in regards to genetics, biochemistry, ophthalmology and neuroscience, which includes developing cures for color blindness, developing tools to assess visual function and maximize the possibility of preventing vision loss. In addition, she also has great interests in how molecular genetics ties to the human visual system.

Zin Khaing

Zin Khaing, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. She is an experienced expert in neurological surgery and neuroimmunology. She gained her PhD in neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, in 2004, and she was a Research Engineering Scientist at the University of Florida and UT Austin. Since October 2014, Zin has been a faculty member at the University of Washington. Her research includes the ability of the brain to change during one’s lifetime, axonal regeneration after spinal cord injury, and the growth and repair of neural tissue.

Sara Goering

Sara Goering, an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Philosophy, discusses the ethics in biology and neuroscience. Leading the ethics thrust at the UW Center for Neurotechnology, she teaches a range of courses about the philosophy of life and death, disability, and feminism. Her interests encompass important questions about autonomy, genetic and social justice, prenatal testing, and quality of life issues. She has written a plethora of research articles discussing ethics and philosophy in neural engineering and neurotechnology and the moral dilemmas of biology and neuroscience.

Dr. Susan Ferguson

Susan Ferguson works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. She researches the development of behaviors associated with addiction and drug reward and the processes of decision-making, motivation, and impulsivity. In her research papers, she combines knowledge in behavioral neuroscience, molecular biology, anatomy and genetics to explore neurons and neurotransmitters and their effects on our behavior.


Got a question on your mind?

An Evening with Neuroscience is your event. After all, the whole purpose of the event is to connect neuroscientists with the public. So, have your say. What stories would you like to hear? What should the panel discuss?


Kane Hall is located in Red Square at the University of Washington. There is a parking garage conveniently located beneath Red Square. The location is also accessible via a number of bus routes.


Enter Kane Hall from the front entrance. Room 130 is located on the far left, with two entrances leading into either side of the lecture hall. Signs will be posted outside of the building and Kane 130 for additional assistance in finding us.

Click here to see a map of the area around Kane Hall.


Many bus routes stop very close to Red Square. When using the Metro Transit trip planner, you can use “Landmarks > COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES > University of Washington” as your trip destination. Additionally, Google Maps Transit can help you plan your trip.


Click here for driving directions to Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

  • From I-5: Take the NE 45th Street exit to the University of Washington.
  • Go east on NE 45th to 15th Avenue NE, turn right.
  • To get to the Central Plaza Garage entrance:
    • At NE 41st St, turn left into the garage entrance.
  • To enter the garage via the West Gatehouse:
    • At W Stevens Way NE, turn left, staying in the left lane.

From the garage, you can take the elevator directly up to Red Square.


Parking is available in the C1-C6 Central Plaza Garage, conveniently located beneath Red Square. Visitors MUST make parking arrangements at any one of the gatehouses upon entering campus or by contacting UW Commuter Services.

Accessibility & Accommodations

Streams accessibility:

Live CART closed captions are provided for all streams.

ASL interpretation is provided for the April 17th, April 24th, and May 1st streams.


CART captioning and standard platform ASL interpretation have been requested. Kane Hall is mobility aid accessible. Please arrive scent-free. Grey Matters and the University of Washington are committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodations to all Evening with Neuroscience attendees. Additional accommodation requests related to a disability should be made as soon as possible, ideally by April 7th, to Julia at

Let Us Know What You Need:

If you know you’re coming, RSVP and let us know what you need. You can also email us directly at using subject line “EWN Access” and one of our amazing event organizers will work with you.


CART captioning and standard platform ASL interpretation for this event has been requested. A seating area for those requiring visual access to ASL interpreters will be designated near the front of the stage.

Wheelchair Access:

You can use the UW online access guide to find specific routes to Kane Hall.

Seating for mobility aid users is available in the front and back rows of the main auditorium. Doors to the auditorium can be opened automatically on the ground level and at the rear of the auditorium providing access to each available seating area. For more information, please see the attached room layout.


Directions with pictures to navigate the Central Parking Garage can be found here.

Disabled parking is available in the UW central parking garage C1. Please purchase a ticket at any of the UW parking gates and ask to be directed to lot C1. A Washington state disabled parking permit is required with your ticket. The elevators in lot C1 will bring you directly to the main floor of Kane Hall where you can register and be directed to seating.

EWN Volunteers:

During the pre-panel events, we will have volunteers from the UW ASL club to help navigate all of our exciting activities.

2020 Organizing committee

This year’s event was planned by the EWN2019-20 Organizing committee:

Lila Faulhaber

Event Coordinator

Tyler Yarwood

Day-of Coordinator

Angelique Guina


Valerie Tsai

Tabling Manager

Brittany Britton

Pre-panel Co-Lead

Jay Bhateja

Pre-panel Co-lead

Sharda Raina

Interview Team Advisor

Daniel Chen


Meher Chand

Interview Team

Pavithra Sundaravaradan

Interview Team

Julia Bergquist

Outreach Team Advisor

Chloe Chiu

Outreach Team

Charlie Fisher

Pamphlet Team Advisor

Jane Chea

Pamphlet Team

Zicong (Tom) Li

Pamphlet Team

Pooja Devanaboyina

Marketing & Sponsorship Team Advisor

Chloe Dahleen

Marketing & Sponsorship Team

Elora Reilly

Marketing & Sponsorship Team

Hanna Zulmuthi

Marketing & Sponsorship Team

Stephanie Maack

Artistic Director; Decorations Team Advisor

Bowen Coldwell

Decorations Team

Carson Butcher

Decorations Team


Grey Matters

An Evening with Neuroscience is produced and hosted by Grey Matters, an undergraduate neuroscience organization whose mission is to encourage public interest in neuroscience and develop accomplished science communicators. Learn more about Grey Matters on our website.

Special Thanks

Grey Matters would like to thank the following individuals/organizations for their contribution to An Evening with Neuroscience. Without them, this event would not have been possible.

  • The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW)
  • Wells Fargo
  • D Center
  • The University Bookstore
  • EZ Copy n Print
  • DieCut Stickers
  • Art Primo
  • Cafe Allegro
  • Rainworks
  • Starbucks
  • Artist & Craftsman Supply
  • UW ASL Club
  • UW Chess Club


ASUW logo in black text with ASUW in all capital letters on the right side and "associated students of the university of washington" on the right.



D Center logo with a blue D interlaced with the c from center, which is black.University book store logo with a white background and black writing saying "university book store." There is also a black outline of a face to the side of the text.DieCut Stickers Logo in white letter with thick, black border saying "DieCut stickers,com TM"

Art Primo in black bold letters


Rainworks logo in white letters on a blue background that takes shape of a splash of water.Cafe Allegro logo in black and white. "Cafe allegro" is written in the middle, with "seattle's origional espresso bar" and "established 1975" underneath. Starbucks logo with the two-tailed mermaid in the middle, and "Starbucks Coffee" in white letters on a green background in the border around the mermaid.

Artist & Craftsman Supply Logo