Tribune/Nathan Orme - Kenny Method, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Clayton Middle School in Reno, jokingly demonstrates where this human brain would be located if it were still with its original owner and not in a plastic bag for research purposes.
Tribune/Nathan Orme - Amy Altick, a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, speaks to the Clayton students Monday about various aspects of how brains function. The presentation was made to kick off National Brain Awareness Week educational efforts.
RENO — There were both “ewwws” and “aaahs” from about 40 Clayton Middle School Students who stayed after school Monday to get a lesson in anatomy from some University of Nevada, Reno faculty members.
To kick off National Brain Awareness Week, students got to learn about, see and touch actual brains from humans, sheep, mice and flies.
The project runs through Friday with presentations at other schools and several Washoe County libraries. Faculty presenters are members of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience based at UNR. They come from the university’s School of Medicine and UNR psychology department.