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Jericho High Student Wins LIU Post 2012 Brain Bee Competition


Gina Bigelow,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Post,
Long Island University

Brain Bee Richard ZhangBrookville, N.Y. – Richard Zhang, a 10th grade student at Jericho High School, won the 13th annual LIU Post Brain Bee on Saturday, February 25, at LIU Post in Brookville. Anmol Gupta of Sachem High School East, also a 10th grader came in second-place. Preeti Kakani took third-place, another 10th grade student from Jericho High School. Forty-five students, from twenty high schools participated in the competition.

The LIU Post Brain Bee is open to high school students (grades 9-12). Over 250 neuroscience questions were asked and the final question was the following:

Destruction of the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus produces what? 
Answer:  Irreversible Insomnia.

At the competition, the first, second and third place winners received trophies, and all contestants received a certificate. Zhang will move on to the national brain bee competition and represent Long Island on March 4-5 in Baltimore, MD.

The Brain Bee is co-chaired by LIU Post Psychology Professor and neuroscientist Dr. Grace Rossi, and Susan Ansbro. 

LIU Post Provost, Dr. Paul Forestell gave the opening remarks and welcomed the contestants. Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Gerald Lachter and Professor, Dr. Jeffrey Corey served as judges for the competition, and Dr. Katherine Hill-Miller, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences gave certificates to all students in attendance. Serena McCalla, the science research coordinator at Jericho High School, along with Dr. Rossi worked with Zhang.

Congratulations to all the Brain Bee contestants and we wish the best of luck to Richard Zhang at the National Brain Bee competition.

Updated: 03/02/12
Updated: 03/15/12

Posted 02/28/2012

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