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Release: Feb. 11, 2000

Iowa City West High School dominates UI-sponsored Regional Brain Bee

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- West High School junior Joe Seo recently won the University of Iowa-sponsored Regional Brain Bee 2000.

During the two-hour competition held Feb. 5 on the UI campus, students from high schools in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area were quizzed about the brain and its role in memory, emotion, intelligence, stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders such as addiction, Alzheimer's, and stroke.

"Joe's knowledge of the brain, based on his performance, was quite impressive, particularly for a high school junior," said Robert Fellows, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor and head of physiology and biophysics, and Brain Bee organizer. "We feel that he will be a strong participant at the next level of competition."

As the regional competition winner, Seo will join high school students from around the nation as well as Canada, Germany and Israel to compete in the International Brain Bee on March 14 in Baltimore. The International Brain Bee is being held in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week (March 15-22). Sponsored by the DANA Alliance and the Society for Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week is an effort by brain scientists in 29 countries to educate the public about the importance of brain research.

Rohit Thomas, a junior at West High School was the second place winner and third place went to Hee Jin Lee, also a junior at West.


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