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January 12, 2005

Southampton College Continues To Host World Renowned Brain Bee Contest

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, NY – Southampton College will host its sixth annual regional “Brain Bee” on Saturday, February 26, 2005.

The neuroscience quiz-show style competition is the only one of its kind on Long Island. Past winners have gone on to place among the top finishers at the International Brain Bee, and many have been offered college scholarships, internships and paid positions at world-renowned neuroscience research centers.

Students in the ninth through the twelfth grade who are interested in neuroscience are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible for the Brain Bee by contacting Southampton College professor Dr. John Neill at (631) 287-8202 or at email address

Neil, who is widely published in the field of psychobiology and who is currently researching the affect of space travel on the human neurological system, will be conducting a series of free neuroscience workshops on Feb. 5, 12, and 19 at Southampton College to prepare students for the Brain Bee. The workshops are internationally renowned, having produced the international Brain Bee champion for the past two years – Bhakti Nagall from Farmington High School in Farmington, Connecticut, in 2004, and Saroj Kunnakkat, from Lynbrook High School in Lynbrook, N.Y. in 2003. The 2002 Long Island Brain Bee winner, Vikas Gupta of Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., placed second overall in that year’s International contest.

 The competition tests students 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. Questions for the bee are taken from Brain Facts, which can be found online at

The winner of this year’s Long Island Brain Bee will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two to Baltimore to compete in the International Brain Bee and a free trip to the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C.

Internationally, the Brain Bee is part of March’s Brain Awareness Week. Spearheaded by the Dana Alliance, a private philanthropic foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, the goal is to motivate youth to learn about the brain and pursue careers in biomedical brain research in the war against mental retardation, cerebral palsy, spinal-cord injury and other brain disorders.