CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Jan. 17, 2003
High school students to compete in Regional Brain Bee Jan. 25
Students from eastern Iowa high schools will compete in the fourth annual
Eastern Iowa Regional Brain Bee, to be held at the University of Iowa on Saturday,
Jan. 25. The competition begins at 9 a.m. in the Eckstein Medical Research
Building on the health sciences campus.
"We are pleased by the number of students who have shown their interest
in neuroscience by taking part in this competition. Our goal is to have fun,
but also to get students interested in learning more about the brain and discovering
educational and career opportunities in this rapidly expanding field,"
said Anita Riggan, organizer of the competition.
The Brain Bee is structured like a traditional spelling bee, with students
answering questions in turn until a winner is determined by process of elimination.
Students are asked about the brain and its role in memory, emotion, intelligence,
stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders such as addiction, Alzheimer's disease
and stroke. Questions are based on information found in the book, "Brain
Facts," published by the Society for Neuroscience. The winner of the
regional competition receives $100 and an expense-paid trip to compete in
the National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Md. March 14-15. At the National Brain
Bee, the eastern Iowa representative will join other high school students
from across the United States to compete for a prize of $3,000 and a traveling
The Brain Bee is sponsored by several UI departments and programs, including
anatomy and cell biology, biological sciences, neurology, neuroscience, otolaryngology,
pathology, physiology, psychiatry and radiology.
The Regional Brain Bee is one of three events to be held this spring at the
UI in association with National Brain Awareness Week. Other scheduled events
include "KidsJudge," a science fair judged by fifth graders on research
presented by UI faculty, staff and students, and a neuroscience poster session,
talk, and reception. Additional information can be obtained from Anita Riggan,
regional Brain Bee coordinator, at (319) 335-9968.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver 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.