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January 23, 2003
Suffolk County High School Students Are Sought for 4th Annual Brain Bee

Southampton College Hosts Neuroscience Quiz Show Competition

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

Do you know the brain disorder named after a famous baseball player? Or approximately how many neurons the brain contains? Or the name of the device that measures brain waves? If so, Southampton College of Long Island University is looking for you. The College is seeking high school students from Suffolk County interested in neuroscience for its fourth annual "Brain Bee" to be held on March 1, 2003.

Students are encouraged to contact Southampton College Professor John Neill at (631) 287-8202 or to register and obtain a free workbook. Dr. Neill is supervising Brain Bee practice and review classes on Saturdays, February 1, 8 and 15, to prepare students for the local competition.

The Brain Bee is a quiz-show competition about neuroscience for high school students. Competitors across the country are quizzed about the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders. The winner of each regional contest then heads to the National Brain Bee. This year's international champion and his mentor will be guests of the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting to be held in New Orleans in the fall.

"Southampton College hosts one of the best regional Brain Bees because of our prep course," said Dr. Neill. "Our winners have all gone on to the final round of the national competition in the past three years, so we must be doing something right." Last year's Southampton College Brain Bee winner, Vikas Gupta, a student from 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 working at Brookhaven National Laboratory studying the effects of deep space radiation on mouse brain and behavior. Both students have recently been named Intel semifinalists, the nations' best-known student research competition.

The Brain Bee will be held in Southampton College's Duke Lecture Hall on Saturday, March 1, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It's the only Brain Bee on Long Island. All the questions come from one book, "Brain Facts," published by the Society for Neuroscience.

Internationally, the Brain Bee is directed by Dr. Norbert Myslinski and is part of Brain Awareness Week (March 10-16). Brain Awareness Week is an effort by brain scientists around the world to educate the public about the importance of brain research. It is spearheaded by The DANA Alliance and the Society for Neuroscience.