2023 FUN Summer Workshop at WWU

The 2023 FUN Workshop, titled Re-imagining Neuroscience Education, will be held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Plan to arrive on July 26, with programming July 27 to July 30, 2023. 

Links to files shared by presenters and hybrid portions of the workshop can be accessed here by FUN members.

If you are looking for ways to participate in the workshop, below are several opportunities with links to additional details.

  • If you have some exciting data, we still have space for poster presentations. You are welcome to submit an abstract using the Abstract Submission Survey
  • There will be discussion group opportunities in concert with Dr. Rollins' keynote presentation. These discussion groups will be an opportunity to reflect on lessons from his book, "Conviction: the making and unmaking of the violent brain" and/or his presentation. We are currently looking for volunteers to lead these discussions. Additional details can be found on the Call for Discussion Leaders.
  • Saturday, July 29th will feature time for participants to engage with FUN Committees and/or take part in Professional Development Table Talks, much like those that occur at the FUN booth during SfN. We are looking for volunteers to lead a table talk session. Additional details can be found on the Call for Table Talk Leaders.

If you volunteer to lead a discussion group and/or table talk, the FUN Education Committee is happy to provide a letter of participation if that is needed to obtain travel approval or funding from your department/college. If you have any questions you are welcome to contact Jackie Rose (jackie.rose@wwu.edu) or David Donley (ddonley@harding.edu). 

Registration is now closed.

Meeting Description
The theme of the 2023 FUN Workshop “Re-imagining Neuroscience Education” will empower educators to pursue inclusive excellence in neuroscience through high-impact pedagogical practices. Workshop topics will include a broad array of ideas, approaches and techniques: inclusive pedagogy and active learning approaches for the neuroscience teaching lab, research lab, and classroom; student and faculty mindsets, identities, and wellness; integrative STEM education; and decolonization of neuroscience education.  
Faculty will also have the opportunity to participate in teaching demonstrations, mini symposia, and a poster session. 

A pre-workshop satellite event will be held at the Allen Institute in Seattle on July 26 for a limited number of participants. You will be invited to register for the satellite during the registration process. There is no cost to participate in this satellite event.

Wanting to connect with other workshop participants, find a roommate, or coordinate transportation to and from WWU?  Be sure to check out the Forums set up on the FUN website specifically for this workshop!

Tentative Schedule
This schedule is subject to change.  (All times listed are PDT)

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

12 PM - Allen Institute Tour (Limited spots available. You will be invited to register after completing the summer workshop registration.)
4 PM - Check-In starts
5 PM - 6:30 PM - Dinner (Dining Hall)
7 PM - Informal Gathering

Thursday, July 27, 2023

7AM - 8:30 AM - Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9 AM - Concurrent Teaching Demonstrations
10:45 AM - Conviction Book Club and Discussion Groups
11:30 AM - Lunch
12:30 PM - Concurrent Hands-on Workshops and mini symposium
5 PM - Keynote Speaker: Oliver Rollins
6 PM - Dinner
7 PM - Welcome Reception (President's address)
7:30 PM - Poster Presentations

Friday, July 28, 2023

7 AM - 8:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Concurrent Mini-Symposia
11:30 AM - Lunch - themed discussions
12:30 PM - Concurrent Hands-on Sessions and Mini-Symposia
5 PM - Dinner (Dining Hall)
6:30 PM - Free time/exploring options

Saturday, July 29, 2023

7 AM - 8:30 AM - Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9 AM - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry 
10 AM - Concurrent sessions
12 PM - Lunch
1 PM - FUN Strength/Weakness/Opportunity Analysis, Strategic Planning
3 PM - Break
3:30 PM - FUN Committee Planning Sessions
6 PM - Banquet - Live music!

Sunday, July 30, 2023
7 AM - 8:30 AM - Breakfast (Dining Hall)

Registration and Housing Information

Registration for the 2023 FUN Summer Workshop is $610 for members, $680 for non-members.  The registration fee covers all sessions, talks, meals during the workshop, and a banquet with live entertainment!  

As part of your registration, you may select an option for on campus housing.  All rates include taxes and fees. 

  • Traditional Dorm Housing (one communal bathroom for the floor)
    • Single occupancy - rate is per person
      • Three night total = $225
      • Four night total = $300
    • Double occupancy - rate is per person
      • Three night total = $150
      • Four night total = $200
        • If you already have a roommate, please include their name in the comment box. If you do not have a roommate selected already, you will be paired with another registrant.
  • Suite Housing (two bedrooms with one shared bathroom)
    • Four people maximum sharing - rate is per suite*
      • Three night total = $474
      • Four night total = $632
        • To reserve this accommodation, one person should make the selection and pay.  Indicate the names of all individuals sharing the suite in the comment box.  *Note: It is not possible to break up this rate per person.  The individual who reserves and pays for the suite will need to make separate arrangements to get reimbursed by the other individuals sharing the suite

In the comment box for your housing selection, please also identify any required needs or accommodations (e.g., ADA-compliant restroom, rolling access and automatic doors, visual/audio alarms).  

Payment options include credit card or invoice to pay by check.  Full refunds for registration cancellations are available up until July 12, 2023.  After that date, registration cancellations will result in a $150 fee that will be deducted from the refund total.

Travel to and from Bellingham

Western Washington University (WWU) is located 90 miles north of Seattle and 103 miles north of the Seattle-Tacoma airport (SEATAC).  Although Bellingham has its own airport, the number of flights and cost may mean the best option is to travel from Seattle to WWU.  The information below can help you to plan your travel options, but please note that pricing may change as the date of the workshop approaches.  

Travel by car:

  • SEATAC has numerous car rental options consistent with other major airports.  Although renting a car often comes at significant cost, this option may be ideal for individuals interested in exploring the many outdoor opportunities Bellingham and the surrounding region have to offer.

Travel by train:

  • Amtrak trains run from downtown Seattle to Bellingham twice each day.  The Amtrak station in Seattle is directly accessible from SEATAC via the Link Light rail.  The Amtrak station in Bellingham is located in the Fairhaven district which is 2.2 miles from WWU's campus.  The trip takes approximately 2.5 hours and tickets are approximately $20 each way.  On Wednesday, July 26th, departures from Seattle to Bellingham are currently scheduled for 7:50 AM and 7:00 PM.  On Sunday, July 30th, departures from Bellingham to Seattle are currently scheduled for 8:34 AM and 7:44 PM.

Travel by bus:

  • There are several different bus options from SEATAC or Seattle that take approximately 2.5 hours due to multiple stops.
    • BellAir shuttle:  This shuttle runs from SEATAC to Bellingham every 1.5 to 2 hours from the early morning and into the evening.  The shuttle drops off at the Four Points by Sheraton in Bellingham, 1.2 miles from the WWU campus.  There are slightly fewer return options on Sunday, July 30th, but options remain every 2-3 hours.  The cost is $99 for a roundtrip ticket.  Prior reservations are required.
    • FlixBus:  This bus picks passengers up either directly from SEATAC or downtown Seattle, depending on the time of day.  Busses run every 2-3.5 hours.  Flixbus conveniently drops passengers off at WWU and will pick them up on campus for the return to Seattle on Sunday, July 30th.  The cost is approximately $20-25 each way, but gets more expensive as the seats fill.  Prior reservations are required.
    • Greyhound:  The Greyhound bus is currently scheduled to depart from downtown Seattle at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, July 26th.  This bus stop can be accessed by Link Light rail from SEATAC.  It drops passengers off at the Bellingham Bus Stop in downtown Bellingham, 1 mile from the WWU campus.  On Sunday, July 30th, the return trips are currently scheduled for 3:20 AM or 11:35 AM.  The cost is approximately $18 each way.

 Rideshare and taxi services in Bellingham:

  • Both Uber and Lyft operate in Bellingham.  There are several taxi companies, many are available 24 hours with reservation.
    • ​Yellow Cab, Inc. - 360-733-8294
    • Red Cab Taxi - 360-332-1960
    • Blue Cab - 360-734-3787
    • Joe's 24/7 Taxi - 360-927-4997
    • 24 Hour Taxi of Bellingham - 360-483-6600

Information about WWU and the surrounding area

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