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High school students compete in 'brain bee' at MIT Feb. 10

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:

• Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
• Arlington High School
• Belmont High School
• Bishop Connolly High School
• Boston Latin Academy
• Boston Latin School
• Boston University Academy
• Centennial High School (CA)
• Foxboro Regional Charter School
• Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
• Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
• Newton South High School
• Notre Dame Academy
• South Shore Charter Public School
• St. John's Preparatory School
• Taunton High School
• 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.

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