Who Is the Brainiest of Them All?

February 4, 2010



Johanna Goldberg
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Ann Whitman
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Who Is the Brainiest of Them All?

New York City Regional High School Students to Compete in Brain Bee

New York, Feb. 4, 2010 – Forget spelling or geography: in this bee, the brain’s the thing. Students from nearly 30 area high schools will have to tell their cortexes from their neurotransmitters as they are tested on the complex organ.

The New York City Regional Brain Bee is a live Q & A competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of neuroscience. Students, selected by their high schools to compete, are quizzed on the brain and how it relates to memory, emotions, intelligence, behaviors, and disorders. The event is presented by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and co-sponsored by NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community and the Society for Neuroscience. It will be held on Feb. 11 at 5 pm at New York University’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life.

This year, Michael E. Goldberg, M.D., a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, will emcee the event and serve as a tie-breaker judge. Goldberg is the David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior at Columbia University, where he studies the physiology of cognitive processes with an emphasis on vision and eye movements. Two students from his lab, graduate student Sara Steenrod and postdoctoral fellow Yixing Xu, will serve as judges.

Students from all five boroughs, Westchester, and, for the first time, Dutchess County, will compete for the grand prize: $250 and an all-expenses paid trip to the National Brain Bee at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, held on the last two days of Brain Awareness Week, March 19-20. There, students from more than 25 states will compete for the national title and the chance to go up against teens from around the world at the second-annual International Brain Bee, to be held in Canada this May.

Brain Awareness Week is an international campaign coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 265 neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness of the progress and promise of brain research. For more information, visit www.dana.org.