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Memorial to host 2002 Brain Bee

Ref. No. 117

DATE:     Mar. 21, 2002
SUBJECT:     Memorial to host 2002 Brain Bee

Note to editors:

Memorial University will host the 2002 provincial Brain Bee Competition in conjunction with the Eastern Regional Science Fair on March 22, 2002.

This event encourages high school students to learn about the brain and some aspects of brain research. Students are given a publication titled Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System to read and study before the competition. The students are not allowed access to the book during the competition, which takes the form of questions and answers. As students guess the incorrect answer they are eliminated. Two neuroscience researchers from the Faculty of Medicine will act as judges. The top three students will receive cash prizes through a donation from Bayer Inc. There will also be participation awards for all of the students.

This year's competition will be held at the recital hall, Music Building on the Memorial University campus from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, March 22nd. This year the Minister of Education, the Honourable Judy Foote, will be joined by Jim Brown, CBC Radio, Cathy Leblanc of Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Shona Kinley of Bayer, Inc, to quiz the 26 students from six local schools to compete and observers from participating schools will also be present. A brief awards ceremony and reception will take place after the competition.

This event is organized by the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and is made possible through the lead sponsorship of Bayer, Inc.


For further information, contact: Dr. John McLean at 777-8280 mclean@mun.ca or Sharon Gray, information officer (health sciences) at 777-8397.


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