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Release: Feb. 8, 2002

High school students to compete in Regional Brain Bee at UI Feb. 16

Students from eastern Iowa high schools will compete in the third annual Eastern Iowa Regional Brain Bee, to be held at the University of Iowa Saturday, Feb. 16. The competition will begin at 10 a.m. in the Eckstein Medical Research Building on the health sciences campus.

"We are very pleased at the number of students who have shown an interest in brain science. Our goal with this event is to encourage students to learn more about the brain and to think about opportunities for future study in this 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, emotions, 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 15-17. 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 trophy.

The Brain Bee is sponsored by UI departments and programs, including anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, biological sciences, internal medicine, microbiology, neuroscience, otolaryngology and pathology.

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.

For more information, contact Anita Riggan, Regional Brain Bee coordinator, at (319) 335-9968.

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