UAA hosted the 3rd Annual Alaska Brain Bee Competition on February 1, 2014, at the Anchorage Museum. The event began with keynote speaker, Dr. Scot Hines of ANMC, who discussed the history of neuroscience in the arts.  Students then competed individually by writing their answers about neuroscience facts on a dry-erase board and points were given for correct answers by the two judges, Gwen Lupfer (UAA Psychology) and Chris Jung (UAA Biological Sciences). Following the written competition, the students identified brain structures on models and sheep brains. UAA Biological Science students led hands-on neuroscience activities and games (see pictures below) during lunch which was followed by the awards. 

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BB14 WinnersAt the end of the competition, the points were tallied and Sarah Johns, (left), of Alaska Middle College High School, won by a close margin of two points over 2nd place winner, Bailey Fuller (right) of Robert Service High School. 3rd place was awarded for the second year in a row to Cooper Danner of Colony High School. 

Other participants included four students who flew in from Kenai Central High School: Mariah Schloeman, Joseph Vicere, Mariah Prosterman, and Denise Taylor. The remaining students included Rochelle Benton-Edwards of Bartlett High School, Graysen Sorensen and Austin Ackerman of Grace Christian High School. 

The winner, Sarah Johns, will represent Alaska in the National Brain Bee in Baltimore, MD., on March 14–15, 2014.BB14 Participants

Designed to increase the interest of high school students in studying neuroscience through a fun and competitive atmosphere, the competition tested students’ knowledge about nervous system cells, neuropathology and the structure and/or function of specific brain regions and landmarks. The event is organized by the UAA Department of Biological Sciences, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Center for Community Engagement and Learning. 

The Brain Bee is an opportunity for many of the UAA Bio 490 course Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology students to participate in service learning.  The outreach is organized by the professor of the course, Caroline Wilson (Biological Sciences) and one of the Community Engaged Student Assistants, Sean Costello. This year, Bio 490 students Vanessa Gonzalez, Blair Munro, Karen Niebert, Karen Carlson, Rhiannon Pattison, Pamela Conley, Delbert Leavitt Jr, Andie Chaudhary, and Jessy Bowers organized Neuroscience games and activities for the participants and their parents.

 
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