The 2nd Annual UAA BrainBee was held Saturday, February 16, 11am-1:30pm at the Conoco PhillipsIntegrated Science Building on the UAA campus. The Brain Bee is a fun andchallenging neuroscience competition for high school students in grades 9 –12. Students compete in a simple question and answer forum followed by ahand's on practical portion that can involves answering structure and functiontype questions on human brain models. The Alaska Brain Bee is anextension of the International Brain Bee competition, which occurs on both anational and international level.
Blake Endres (center, above), a junior from Robert Service High School, wasthe winner of the Brain Bee. Blake will represent the state of Alaska at theNational Brain Bee which will be held Mar 2-4 in Baltimore, MD, thanks togenerous donations by the WWAMI School of Medicine and the U.A.A. College ofArts and Sciences. Second place was awarded to Sarah Johns (left, above), a sophomore at HoustonHigh School, and Third place was awarded to Cooper Danner (right, above), a junior from ColonyHigh School. Other participants included: Meret Beutler (IDEA Homeschool, Wasilla, third from right, below), Sherrie Yang (East HighSchool, 2nd from right below), and Christian Bullard (WasillaHigh School, left below).
The UAA Brain Bee is sponsored by the UAA Center for CommunityEngagement and Learning (CCEL) and is one of the service outreach components ofthe UAA Neurophysiology & Neuroanatomy Course. Eleven UAA students assistedwith the Brain Bee and organized Neuroscience games and activities (AshleyNewell, Janine Ray, Megan Aspelund, Alexandra Francian, Kristine Burke, RachelFranz, Trevor Griffith, Erik Woelber, Kristoffer Auza, Melanie Alvarado, LisaGriswold). The event was coordinated by Caroline Wilson, PhD, UAA BiologicalSciences and her Community Engagement Student Assistant (CESA), Sean Costello.Two UAA professors were also judges during the competition: Christopher Jung,PhD, Biological Sciences and Gwen Lupfer, PhD, Psychology. The event wasfollowed by a viewing of "Nanocam: A trip into Biodiversity" at theUAA planetarium.
Bio 490 students participated in Community Engagement & Learningduring the Brain Bee. From Left to Right: Caroline Wilson, Bio 490 professor,Kristoffer Auza, Eric Woelber, Kristine Burke, Trevor Griffith, Janine Ray,Ashley Newell, Melanie Alvarado, Rachel Franz, Alexandra Francian and MeganAsplund. The students organized Neuroscience games and activities for theparticipants and their parents.