I need your knitting! Knit a Neuron is BACK

I’m bringing back the event that kick-started my love of the knit and purl; Knit a Neuron!!!

I work at the University of Oxford, and part of my role is to run ‘engagement events’. The University as a whole is hosting a Curiosity Carnival on September 16th and 29th to teach the public about our research. I’m a neuroscientist by background, and in my eagerness to take part in the event I suggested they have a ‘Knit a Neuron’ installation. The aim is help kids make neurons, and teach them about brain and health research. Not only was this idea met with enthusiasm, I was asked to organise the whole thing.

This is where you, crafting community, come in.

Lots of scientists want to help on the day, but not all of them can knit! If you can knit or crochet a ‘cell body’ (the round part of the cell), it would be a great help to me and everyone attending and taking part in the event. Then all the non-crafters and kids need to do is plait the two end bits, which is much simpler than teaching 7 neuroscientists how to knit!

 

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Here’s one a Neuro-knitter made earlier.

 

Please contact me: emmacpalmer15 [at] gmail [dot] com for more information and patterns. Some suggestions from the original Knit a Neuron Project for Knitted 2-needle, 4-needle and crochet neurons.

At the end of the event I hope to have a wall of neurons representing the brain and its connections, and for kids to take some neurons home with them as a memento, so I need quite a few!

Please send any donations to Emma Palmer-Cooper, NDPHCS, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

Dr Emma Palmer-Cooper, NDPHCS, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

Guess Who: Women of the World Festival 2014

Today I took part in the Women of the World Festival, 2014 at Southbank in London. I was delighted to be involved in such an exciting and important event!

The theme of the day was ‘Guess Who’, where 7 professionals (2 men and 5 women) stood on stage and gave only their name. The announcer, a presenter from Cbeebies no less(!), then read out the 7 professions and a piece of information about each professional, such as favourite colour or hobby, and from this one hundred 10 year olds had to guess which person matched each profession.

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Ada Lovelace Day 2013 – Wikipedia Editathon

It’s Ada Lovelace Day! A day where we celebrate and promote women in science who are inspirational and fantastic role models. I was invited to attend an event on Friday 8th October sponsored jointly by the Royal Society, Medical Research Council and Wikipedia, where 15 women I’m scientific careers came together and added or edited Wikipedia entries about inspirational women in STEM careers. There was even a Wikipedia cake

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