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More than 30 students from Boston-area high schools will compete Feb. 10 in the 2007 Boston Regional Brain Bee at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at 43 Vassar St.
The Brain Bee is a live Q&A competition to see which students have the best knowledge of brain function and dysfunction, physiology and chemistry. Using "Brain Facts," a text developed by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), students are tested on paper to qualify for the oral competition at 2:30 pm, limited to the top 10 students.
Winners from regional bees will go on to compete in the International Brain Bee during SfN's Brain Awareness Week, March 12-18, in Baltimore.
Individuals and teams have entered from the following schools:
â€¢ Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
â€¢ Arlington High School
â€¢ Belmont High School
â€¢ Bishop Connolly High School
â€¢ Boston Latin Academy
â€¢ Boston Latin School
â€¢ Boston University Academy
â€¢ Centennial High School (CA)
â€¢ Foxboro Regional Charter School
â€¢ Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
â€¢ Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
â€¢ Newton South High School
â€¢ Notre Dame Academy
â€¢ South Shore Charter Public School
â€¢ St. John's Preparatory School
â€¢ Taunton High School
â€¢ The Winsor School
A keynote address on what art tells us about the human brain will be given by Margaret S. Livingstone, professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, at 1:15 pm. Livingstone studies how cells in the visual system process information such as form, color, depth and movement.
The event, sponsored by the local chapter of the National Society for Neuroscience--the Boston Area Neuroscience Group (BANG)--is hosted by the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. Other sponsors include Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Merck & Co. Inc., Brandeis University, Qiagen Inc. and Tufts University.
For more information, see www.tufts.edu/sackler/neuroscience/BANG/Beeinfo.html.