Evening with

APRIL 12, Door Opens @ 6:30 p.m. For the Gallery

Event Starts @ 7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall 130, UW


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!”


Date: April 12, 2018
Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kane Hall 130 at the University of Washington
Cost: FREE

Meet the Panel

William Moody

William (Bill) Moody is a professor of Biology at UW whose research delves into topics of spontaneous electrical activity in the nervous system and ion channel development in the brain. Dr. Moody has done outreach to K-12 communities on lab operations and enjoys talking about the brain to local schools. As an experienced advocate, instructor, and researcher of neuroscience we present to you our moderator Dr. Moody.

Monica Sanchez Contreras

Monica Sanchez-Contreras MD, M.Sc, PhD is currently a Principal Investigator and Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in the UW Pathology department specialising in the neurosciences and molecular genetics. Her work centers around neurodegeneration, specifically genes related to Parkinsonism and Tauopathy. She is currently investigating oxidative gene damage, somatic mutation and gene deregulation in certain brain regions of patients with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Parkinson Disease and Alzheimer Disease.

Tanya Daigle

Tanya Daigle is a Senior Scientist at the Allen Institute who conducts research in molecular and cellular neuroscience and mouse genetics and behavior. She was inspired to pursue research in neuroscience while growing up with her sister who was affected by a neuropsychiatric disease. She later helped develop different genetic tools that target different neural cells to understand their behavioral tasks and physiology. Daigle is excited about the advanced modulation of brain activity and the “whole new avenue of research” that her team continues to develop.

Adrian KC Lee

Adrian KC Lee is the head of the Laboratory for Auditory Brain Sciences and Neuroengineering at I-LABS and an associate professor at the UW Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. He is focusing on mapping spatiotemporal dynamics of the cortical network involved in relation to acoustical signals and background noise. Lee combines engineering and neuroscience to research neural biomarkers for translation to next-generation hearing devices based on Brain Computer Interface designs

Michael Beyeler

Michael Beyeler is a Postdoctoral fellow working at the intersection of neuroengineering and psychology at the UW. After receiving his MSc of Engineering in Zurich, Michael pursued research involving neuroscience and continued his education at UC Irvine for a PhD in Computer Science. He uses his background in electrical and biomedical engineering, cognitive psychology and data science for his current work in improving bionic vision. Through the Institute of Neuroengineering and eScience, Michael works on the computational aspect of the project in hopes of furthering the work on retinal prostheses.

Sam Golden

Dr. Sam Golden, PhD is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Department of Biological Structure, as well as a participating faculty in the UW Center of Excellence in Neurobiology of Addiction, Pain, and Emotion (NAPE). His research centers around the neurobiology of aggression, especially appetitive aggression such as why people chose to fight, and the causes of adaptive versus maladaptive aggression. Dr. Golden’s research extends to many current applications, such as explaining why patients with PTSD have inappropriate aggression, and possible ways to treat it.


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.


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 at 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)
  • University Bookstore
  • Die Cut Stickers
  • Rainworks
  • Dr. Ric Robinson
  • Dr. William Moody

EWN2019 Organizing committee

This year’s event was planned by the EWN2018 Organizing committee:

Tian Qiu

Event Coordinator; EWN Co-lead

Sharda Raina

Production Manager; EWN Co-lead

Karlee Orvik

Production Manager; General Advisory Manager

Lila Faulhaber

Day-of Coordinator

Kit Slocum

Director of Decoration

Julia Bergquist

Tabling Manager

Grace Wang

Art Director

Ariel Chan

Director of Design

Tyler Yarwood

Store Manager

Tara Saleh

Pamphlet Team

A'Dawnah Pangelina

Pamphlet Team

Andy Chia

Pamphlet Team