Local High Schools to Compete in NYC Regional Brain Bee

The Dana Foundation and Columbia University Present Live Q&A Contest
January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017

Blayne Jeffries
(212) 223-4040 x646

Students from 33 New York City, Westchester, and Long Island high schools will participate in the 2017 Regional Brain Bee Competition, moderated by Clarissa Waites, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Pathology and Cell Biology and 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. The first-place winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the National Brain Bee in March at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. The Brain Bee is a signature event of Brain Awareness Week (March 13-19).

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

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, and Long Island.

• Sebastien Thuault, Ph.D., (judge) Senior Editor, Nature Neuroscience
• G. Sean Escola, M.D., Ph.D., (judge) Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
• Bianca Jones Marlin, Ph.D., (judge) Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University
• Nathaniel Sawtell, Ph.D., (keynote speaker) Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University

Saturday, February 4
1:00-1:45 PM Participant Check-in and Reception
1:45-2:20 PM Introductory Remarks and Keynote Address
2:30-4:30 PM Brain Bee Competition and Awards Ceremony
4:30-5:30 PM Family Brain Fair

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

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing understanding about the brain in health and disease though research grants and public outreach.

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.