A Neuroscience Competition for Teenagers
Dear USA Brain Bee Chapter Coordinators,
Hope you are healthy.
The USA National and World Championships were canceled for 2020.
We plan to resume them in 2021. Here is some information:
- USA Coordinators Meeting: The annual USA Coordinators meeting will be held on Saturday, October 24 from 12:00 to 2:00 in the virtual format. The agenda and Invitations will be emailed out the week before the meeting to all USA Chapter Coordinators. As usual we will report on past activities, and present plans for future activities. Let me know if you want to be added to the agenda to report on your chapter. Attendees will be able to ask questions during the meeting via the Chat function, or send me questions ahead of time.
- World Championship: The World Championship is planned for the second week of August, 2021 in San Diego hosted by the American Psychological Association. The format is yet to be determined.
- USA Championship: A COVID19-safe USA Championship is planned for Friday, April 9 to Sunday, April 11, 2021 hosted by the Northeastern Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio coordinated by Dr. Dana Peterson. Currently we are planning a hybrid competition where competitors will have a choice of attending in-person or remotely. Chapter winners from both 2020 and 2021 will be invited to compete. All parts of the competition (Anatomy, Diagnosis, Written) will be given at the same time on-line to all the students whether they are in-person or remote, 2020 or 2021 winners. USA winners will then be determined separately for 2020 and 2021. Non-competition activities are planned for those in-person. The 2020 registration fees will be applied to the 2021 Championship or refunded depending on the involvement of competitors. We will monitor the pandemic as we get closer to the date of the competition. If necessary, we will change the hybrid format to one that is totally remote.
- Local Chapter Competitions: As in the past, the Chapter coordinators have the freedom and flexibility to conduct their competitions in the best way possible considering their local situation and resources. Considering the pandemic, the competitions must be held in the safest way possible. As usual, annual 2020 chapter report forms should be returned electronically by the end of the year and USA championship registration forms should be returned when the local winner is determined. The updated forms will be added to the website by the end of the month. A section will be added to the report form where coordinators will have to indicate the measures they will take to ensure a safe competition.
If you are not the coordinator anymore, please forward this email to the new coordinator and cc me a copy. Keep in mind the aims of the Brain Bee. The students are to be encouraged and not discouraged. They are to be inspired and motivated.
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The USA Brain Bee was founded by Dr. Norbert Myslinski, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and is an official region of the International Brain Bee Consortium consisting of:
- American Psychological Association
- Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
- Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
- International Brain Research Organization
- Society for Neuroscience
See the championship page for competition details.
The USA Brain Bee was founded in 1998 and is the world-wide neuroscience competition for high school students. The Brain Bee motivates students to learn about the brain, captures their imaginations, and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers in order to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders.
There are currently over 200 Local Chapter Brain Bee coordinators in more than 50 countries across 6 continents that conduct competitions annually. The winner of each Local Chapter Bee is invited to attend their respective Regional Brain Bee competition, and the winner of each Regional Brain Bee is invited to represent their regions in the International Brain Bee World Championship. The World Championship is hosted by a different country every year.
Brain Bees test one's knowledge of the human brain including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addictions and brain research. The local competitions are in the question-and-answer format based on material from a book that is freely downloadable from the internet. The championship competitions may also involve a neuroanatomy laboratory practical with real human brains, neurohistology with microscopes, brain imaging identification and patient diagnosis with patient actors.
In Memoriam: Dr. Katherine Cameron
Dr. Katherine Cameron, our dear colleague and friend, died peacefully at home in Baltimore on December 31, 2019 after a short, heroic struggle with cancer.
Dr. Cameron spent her life pursuing knowledge and her career sharing that pursuit with her colleagues and students. She was a tenured professor of psychology at Coppin State University. In 2009 Dr. Cameron join the Brain Bee team and took on a leadership role as the co-coordinator for the Baltimore Chapter (Baltimore Brain Bee) in Maryland.
Dr. Cameron’s hard work and dedication have been paramount to the success of the BBB competitions as she has inspired many young men and women to learn about the human brain and motivated them to consider careers in basic and clinical neuroscience. It is hard to imagine organizing and running the BBB 2020, and future competitions without Dr. Cameron’s commitment, enthusiasm, insight and expertise in the field of biological-psychology and neuroscience. Katherine, we will miss you.
Congratulations to our 2019 Brain Bee USA National Brain Bee Champion: John Yang of Newark, New Jersey!
Second place went to Julia Collin of Piscataway, New Jersey. Third place went to Claire Wang of Los Angeles, California.
As the winning national champion, John represented the United States in the 2019 World Brain Bee Championship in Daegu, South Korea, competing against champions from 29 other countries. The World Championship was hosted by the International Brain Research Organization’s World Congress of Neuroscience.
More information, including a complete list of National Championship competitors, may be found in the 2019 USA Brain Bee Championship press release.
Students interested in competing in a Brain Bee, please contact your Local Chapter Brain Bee Coordinator. Individuals interested in starting Local Chapter or Regional Brain Bees, please contact Dr. Norbert Myslinski at email@example.com.
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