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8th Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

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Congratulations to Liam Gong, Sophomore from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA. Liam is the winner of the Eighth Annual Central Massachusetts Brain Bee competition and the Andrew M. Sheridan Young Neuroscientist Award. Liam will be representing UMass in the National Brain Bee competition on March 14th and 15th in Maryland. Winners from each National Brain Bee then go on to compete in the International Brain Bee against students from around the world. Congratulations are also extended to our runner-up, Akshayaa Chittibabu from Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science, and all top 11 finalists. 

2014 Brain Bee Winner Top 11 2014

L to R: Liam Gong, Dr. Douglas Ziedonis (Professor and Chair, 
Department of Psychiatry, UMMS)

Top 11 L to R back row: Rachel Stickles (Grafton HS), Rachel Lynch (Grafton HS), Aamer Syed (Wayland HS), Mohit Katyal (Grafton HS), Urvya Iyer (Westborough HS), Liam Gong (Deerfield Acad), Jillian Gosselin (Grafton HS), Akshayaa Chittibabu (Mass Acad Math & Sci); L to R front row: Megan Treu (Grafton HS), Sydney Ingel (David Prouty HS), and Chelsey Deranian (Grafton HS)
Presenters 2014

L to R: Michael Sheridan, Shirley Sheridan, Liam Gong, Dr. Douglas Ziedonis and Dr. Sheldon Benjamin
(Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry, UMMS)

 See the Telegram & Gazette article describing the activities of the day...

Group 2014

Group photo of our 61 registered students!


Thanks to our 2014 Brain Bee sponsors:

University of Massachusetts Medical School 
UMass Memorial Health Care 
Department of Psychiatry 
Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute
Baltimore Society for Neuroscience 

Many thanks to our volunteers:

University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center faculty, staff & students representing: 
Department of Psychiatry, its Residency Training 
Program, Career Development & Research Office, 
Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute; and 
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and its 
Program in Neuroscience

Just Use ItBrain Awareness Week
March 10 – 16, 2014 
The BAW website has great ideas for parents and educators Spread the word about brain power and brain health! 

Participating High Schools:

David Prouty High School 
Deerfield Academy 
Grafton High School 
Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science 
North High School 
Northbridge High School 
Quabbin Regional High School 
Shrewsbury High School 
Tahanto Regional High School 
Wayland High School 
Westborough High School 
Westford Academy

Brain Ticklers

1. Is your brain symmetrical? 
2. Do brain cells ever heal? 
3. Learning takes place where neurons connect 
at the …………..? 
4. Your brain is the consistency of ………...? 
5. Human brain is what percentage water? 

Brain Tickler Answers: 1) No; 2) No; 3) Synapse; 4) a raw egg; 5) 75%  

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