2015 Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop

Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop

Saturday, April 4

OHSU Auditorium

Pre-registration is required for each session

How Children Learn

Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D.

9 a.m. – NOON

Dr. Kuhl is Professor and co-director, University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Seattle, Washington.

The developing brain is an exquisite entity. Dr. Kuhl is one of the top researchers in the world on how the baby brain acquires knowledge, language and social understanding. As a member of the National Academy of Sciences, she has spoken at the White House, been featured on the NOVA series "The Mind" and "The Secret Life of the Brain" and has been covered by numerous media including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek and ted.com.

Schedule of events for the morning

9 – 10 a.m.
Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast
OHSU Auditorium Lobby and Great Hall

10 – 10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
OHSU Auditorium

10:15 – 11 a.m.
How do Children Learn? The Power of Language
Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D.

OHSU Auditorium

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Questions and Answers OHSU Auditorium


Resource Fair

NOON – 1 p.m.
Lunch available for Kent Thornburg session registrants


How Children Thrive: The Power of Early-Life Nutrition

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.

1 – 3 p.m.

Dr. Thornburg is Professor and director, OHSU Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, Portland, Oregon.

Nutrition in early life — in the womb and in early childhood — is a major determinant of physical, mental, and behavioral health in postnatal life. Dr. Thornburg is an internationally recognized leader in research on the developmental origins of health and disease. He has published more than 125 papers on pregnancy, fetal development and the vital connection between adolescent and early life nutrition and how vulnerabilities for disease can be passed from one generation to the next. Dr. Thornburg has had a career long connection with K-12 science education and serves on advisory panels at the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the Children's Heart Foundation.

Getting Here

Map and Directions

Map, Auditorium is #1
Directions to MarquamHill

Parking Information

Once you reach the OHSU Auditorium, a parking attendant will be on hand to direct you to the closest parking spot. Parking is free on Saturdays.

Public Transportation to OHSU

OHSU is served by TriMet's No. 8 bus (Jackson Park) which runs every 20 minutes on Saturdays.The No. 8 bus makes several stops within OHSU.

  1. Get off at the closest stop to the OHSU Auditorium, the BICC (Biomedical Information and Communications Center), #17 on the campus map
  2. Take the stairs up 2 flights from the BICC drop-off and cross the pedestrian bridge. You will see the OHSU Auditorium on your left.

Call 503-238-RIDE during weekday office hours or visit TriMet for trip-planning help.



Sponsored by OHSU’s Office of Science Education Opportunities, the Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness and the OHSU Brain Institute