Thirty-Seven High Schools to Compete in New York Regional Brain Bee

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and Columbia University Present Live Q & A Contest


January 28, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY
January 28, 2015 

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

WHAT:


Students from 37 New York City-area high schools will participate in the 2015 Regional Brain Bee Competition, moderated by Michael N. Shadlen, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University.

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 20-22, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. The Brain Bee is a signature event of Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Following the Brain Bee, all attendees are invited to a family brain fair, where they can participate in hands-on brain science games and experiments.

WHEN:


Saturday, January 31
1:00-1:45 PM Participant check-in and light reception
1:45-2:20 PM Introductory remarks and keynote address
2:30-4:30 PM Brain Bee Competition and awards
4:30-5:30 PM Family Brain Fair

WHERE:


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

WHO:  

The Brain Bee is sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach, and the Columbia Neuroscience Society. Competing students hail from the five boroughs, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk.

  • Michael N. Shadlen, MD, PhD, (moderator) Professor, Department of Neuroscience,  Columbia University
  • Frances A. Champagne, PhD, (keynote speaker) Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University
  • Kelly C. Rilett, PhD, (judge) Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University
  • Sebastien Thuault, (judge) Associate Editor, Nature Neuroscience
  • Haung (Ho) Yu, PhD, (judge) Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Cell Biology, Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Columbia University
 
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 340 neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness of the progress and promise of brain research. For more information, visit dana.org.

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.

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