CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Feb. 19, 2002
Iowa City West High School student wins Eastern Iowa Regional Brain Bee
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- K.J. Kreder, a junior at West High School in Iowa City,
was the winner of the third annual Eastern Iowa Regional Brain Bee, held Feb.
16 at the University of Iowa. Kreder was one of more than 20 high school students
from throughout eastern Iowa who participated in the competition.
Kreder will join high school students from around the nation to compete
in the National Brain Bee March 16 in Baltimore, Md. Prizes at this competition
include $6,000 in scholarships, medallions, a traveling trophy for the school,
an individual trophy and various other prizes.
Shiny Parsai, a sophomore from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, was the
second place winner. Stacy Gardner, a freshman also from Cedar Rapids Kennedy,
took third place.
The students were quizzed by UI faculty about the brain and its role in
memory, emotion, intelligence, stress, aging and sleep, and brain disorders
such as addiction, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.
"We are delighted to have K.J. representing eastern Iowa at the National
Brain Bee. He came well prepared and answered his questions in a most intelligent
and entertaining fashion. We would also like to congratulate all the students
who participated in this year's competition and hope to see them next year,"
said Anita Riggan, organizer of the Brain Bee.
The National Brain Bee is one of the events of Brain Awareness Week (March
11-17). Brain Awareness Week, now in its sixth year, has united the Society
for Neuroscience and the DANA Alliance for Brain Initiatives with a coalition
of over 1,200 scientific, health and patient advocacy organizations that share
an interest in increasing public awareness of brain and nervous system research.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI
Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.