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January 10, 2003
College Seeks Volunteer Local Educators for Brain Bee Preparation Courses

Teachers Can Earn Professional Development Credit for Training Workshops

Patricia Conway
(631) 287 8313
Fax: (631) 283 4081

Southampton College is seeking local educators to help prepare high school participants for the Fourth Annual Brain Bee competition, to be held at the College on March 1, 2003. The College hosts one of the nation's most competitive Brain Bees, as past winners have all gone on to the final round of the national competition.

The Saturday morning workshop series, scheduled for February 1, 8 and 15, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., are for students to practice and review for the local competition. The preparation courses will be headed by two widely published psychobiologists, Southampton College Professors John Neill and Paul Forestell. Teachers who complete the Brain Bee Prep course with their students will receive one professional development credit. Contact Danielle Muschter in the Continuing Education Department of Southampton College at (631)287-8316 for further information.

The Brain Bee quizzes the best young brains in the country about the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep and neurological disorders, such as drug addiction, Alzheimer's Disease and stroke. The winner of each regional contest is then invited to the National Brain Bee in mid-March. All the questions for the local Brain Bee come from one book, "Brain Facts," published by the Society for Neuroscience.

The International Brain Bee awards thousands of dollars in scholarship money to its top-three finalists. Last year's Southampton College Brain Bee winner, Vikas Gupta, a student from Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station, went on to win second place in the International Brain Bee and a $12,000 scholarship to Southampton College. The 2000 winner, Ashish Bhatt, is now working at Brookhaven National Laboratory studying the effects of deep space radiation on mouse brain and behavior. This study will help decide whether we can safely send a manned mission to Mars.

Long Island high school teachers and students interested in neuroscience, the preparation courses and the Brain Bee can contact Southampton College Professor Neill at (631) 287-8202 or for more information.