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C.W. Post Brain Bee Winner Yvette Leung of Brookville Leads U.S. to Strong Finish at International Brain Bee


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Yvette LeungBrookville, N.Y. -- Brookville’s own Yvette Leung has made an impressive showing in an international neuroscience knowledge competition for high school students.

In March, the Jericho High School senior won the 11th annual Long Island Brain Bee at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Two weeks later, she won the United States National Brain Bee in Maryland. On Aug. 14, 2010, the Harvard-bound Leung took third place in the International Brain Bee in San Diego.

The Brain Bee is a quiz-show-style competition featuring questions on such topics as intelligence, memory, emotions, stress, aging, sleep, and neurological disease. As in years past, the organizers of the Long Island Brain Bee, professor Barbara Bauer, Dr. Grace C. Rossi and Susan Ansbro of the C.W. Post Psychology Department, offered free weekend workshops to help competitors prepare for the event.

“I am so thankful to C.W. Post for sponsoring me through the local bee to go to the national bee and beyond,” Leung said. “It has been an extraordinary experience to participate in the Brain Bee and I have only uncovered only a small part of what the human brain actually holds in store. I am really excited to pursue my knowledge of neuroscience and to conduct research in order to discover more about the complexities of the brain.”

Leung took Introduction to Computer Science with Professor Seth Magot at C.W. Post while still in middle school. She had taken the SAT in seventh grade as a participant in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and was offered a course at C.W. Post based on her high score.

The Long Island Brain Bee is one of about 70 local Brain Bees to be held around the world this year. Winners of the local Brain Bees competed in 25 national Brain Bees, and the national winners met in San Diego for the world championship. For more information, visit

Long Island Brain Bee competitors have won the International Brain Bee twice: Bhakti Nagall from Farmington High School in Farmington, Conn., in 2004, and Saroj Kunnakkat, from Lynbrook High School in Lynbrook, N.Y. in 2003. Since it began in 2000, Long Island Brain Bee winners have finished in the Top 10 at the International Brain Bee five times.

The National and International Brain Bee are part of Brain Awareness Week. Spearheaded by the Dana Alliance, a private philanthropic foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, its goal is to motivate youth to learn about the brain and pursue careers in biomedical brain research in the war against mental retardation, cerebral palsy, spinal-cord injury and other brain disorders. The Brain Bee is directed and was founded by Dr. Norbert R. Myslinski of the University of Marlyand.

Posted 08/30/2010

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