Thirty High Schools to Compete in New York Regional Brain Bee

January 25, 2012


January 25, 2012

Johanna Goldberg
The Dana Foundation
(212) 223-4040 ext. 682           

Beth Kwon
Columbia University
(212) 854-6581



Thirty High Schools to Compete in New York Regional Brain Bee
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and Columbia University Present Live Q & A Contest




Students from 30 New York City-area high schools will participate in the 2012 Regional Brain Bee Competition, moderated by Michael E. Goldberg, M.D., David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior at Columbia University, and judged by Columbia University assistant professors Ai Yamamoto, Ph.D., Wesley B. Grueber, Ph. D., and Clarissa Waites, Ph.D. The event is presented by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach (CUNO), and the Columbia Neuroscience Society (CNS), and co-sponsored by NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community and the Society for Neuroscience.

The Brain Bee is 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 other awards. The first-place winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the National Brain Bee, March 4 and 5, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

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.


Saturday, February 4
1:00 PM Reception and keynote address by Dr. Charles Zuker, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center
2:30 PM Brain Bee
4:00 PM Family Brain Fair


Columbia University
Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway at 114th Street
New York, NY


Thirty public and private high schools in the Bronx (2), Brooklyn (5), Manhattan (10), Queens (6), 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 300 neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness of the progress and promise of brain research. For more information, visit

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.