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In this blog and by sharing our stories, we aim to ENGAGE students, researchers and the public, and ENABLE people who have disabilities.

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Dr. Brent “Smokey” Weinhandl profoundly loves working with patients, family and staff at Brook Trout Dental, his dental practice in Casper, Wyoming. However, after a camping accident left him with a traumatic spinal cord injury, broken back, three broken ribs and a cracked sternum, he struggled to return to his life as a dentist. Dr. Weinhandl successfully received treatment at the Wyoming Medical Center and the Craig Hospital, and the experiences of other patients he met there stood out to him.

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) is pleased to welcome DiOnetta Jones Crayton into her new role at the Center, as CSNE Diversity Co-Director. Ms. Crayton will be working with Sheryl Burgstahler, CSNE Diversity Director, and Scott Bellman, CSNE Diversity Manager, to inspire and educate the next generation of neural engineers, especially those who are historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Dr. Sara Goering, a leader of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering's (CSNE's) Neuroethics Research Thrust, holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and earned her doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Colorado. Because of her educational background and work in disability and medical ethics, she was sought after and joined the CSNE in 2012 to lead research work in the area of neuroethics.

Originally launched in Nov. 2015, the Amazon Catalyst Program at the University of Washington (UW) is an initiative that provides financial support, mentorship, and resources for applicant’s innovative projects that address today’s most challenging problems. The project lead must be a current UW student, faculty or staff member, but individuals from any institution can apply as a team member.

Applicants are encouraged to submit an applied solution that clearly identifies a target population, which will demonstrate the impact of the project they have in mind.

On October 13th, the CSNE Student Leadership Council (SLC) hosted an open house for local students interested in neural engineering. Students learned about the CSNE's primary areas of research and some of the benefits of being involved with the CSNE, including funding, networking, mentoring and collaborating in affiliated research labs.

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