Students from 28 New York
City-area high schools will participate in the 2014 Regional Brain Bee
Competition, a Q & A competition that tests high school students' knowledge
of neuroscience. Students are quizzed on the brain and how it relates to
memory, emotions, intelligence, behaviors, and disorders. The top three winners
will receive cash prizes, and the first-place winner will receive an
all-expenses paid trip to compete in the National Brain Bee, March 14 and 15,
at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.
The New York Bee will be
moderated by Michael N. Shadlen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience,
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Kavli Institute of Brain
Science, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and judged by
Columbia University assistant professors Ai Yamamoto, Ph.D.; Clarissa Waites,
Ph.D.; and Haung (Ho) Yu, Ph.D. The keynote speaker will be Daphna Shohamy,
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University.
Following the Brain Bee, all
attendees are invited to attend a family brain fair, at which they can
participate in hands-on brain science games and experiments.
Twenty-eight public and private high schools in the Bronx (4), Brooklyn (4), Manhattan (8), Queens (5), Staten Island (4), and Westchester (3) will be represented by up to two students each. A full list of participating schools is available on request.
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 335 neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness of the progress and promise of brain research.
A leading research university, Columbia University continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.