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September 05, 2013

MISSOULA –To help celebrate the launch of the Big Sky Brain Project, the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience and University of Montana’s spectrUM will host a First Friday event at spectrUM’s new downtown location at 218 E. Front St. from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors will spend the evening exploring the intersections of neuroscience and art through the work of three talented artists: Russell Smith, Brian Thorpe and Greg Dunn. The Big Sky Brain Project’s BrainLab also will host an array of hands-on experiences. Visitors also will have the opportunity to create their own wearable neurons at spectrUM’s popular Discovery Bench. 

The Big Sky Brain Project is a partnership between UM’s Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience and spectrUM. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Big Sky Brain Project will increase Montana K-12 neuroscience literacy while putting the next generation of Montanans on the fast track to careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The Big Sky Brain Project recently unveiled its brand-new neuroscience exhibition at spectrUM Downtown, “The Brainzone.” This exhibition is designed to bring the research and science of CSFN to the floor of spectrUM. Unlike any other exhibition in the country, it includes a working neuroscience lab where visitors can roll-up their sleeves and experience cutting-edge neuroscience topics through hands-on, guided activities.

For more information about the exhibit or the First Friday event, call Holly Truitt, director of UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area, at 406-243-4872. 





Contact: Holly Truitt, director, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4872,