Brain Quiz Show Tonight

A signature event of Brain Awareness Week is the Brain Bee, which tests high school students’ knowledge of neuroscience in a live Q&A competition.  Students compete in local competitions, which lead to a national competition in Maryland in March, and then on to the International contest, which this year is taking place in Cairns, Australia in August.

Thanks to our friends at Brainfacts.org, I’ve recently learned of another neuroscience quiz show, this time in the undergraduate arena. The Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) Brain Bowl “includes three rounds of short answer questions that get more difficult with each round. The final round is a complex ‘challenge’ question, where teams can wager points they have accumulated in the previous rounds.” This year’s competing universities are Trinity University, University of Texas at Dallas, and University of Texas at Arlington.

If you’re curious to see what it’s all about, check out the livestream tonight at 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. EST). You can also read more about the competition on the UT Health Science Center website.

-Ann L. Whitman

BAW Across the Continents 2015: Europe

If you’ve been following this blog series, you’ve already read about 2015 Brain Awareness Week campaigns in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America. Today we complete the series with the difficult task of picking just a few highlights from the hundreds of events that took place across Europe. The 23 participating countries were: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. There were tons of great Brain Awareness Week events this year. Here are a few highlights:

Brain Awareness Week event at the University of Helsinki, Finland, BAW 2014

Brain Awareness Week event at the University of Helsinki, Finland, BAW 2014

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BAW Across the Continents 2015: North America

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign, but groups in North America and the United States in particular are some of its most active participants. However, the United States is not alone; the Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico also hosted Brain Awareness Week events.

Edinboro University’s Brain Awareness Week display in a local mall in Pennsylvania. BAW 2014

Edinboro University’s Brain Awareness Week display in a local mall in Pennsylvania. BAW 2014

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BAW Across the Continents 2015: South America

You’ve read highlights from Brain Awareness Week in Africa, Asia and Australia, let’s talk about all the great work our BAW Partners in South America did in 2015. An impressive nine countries–including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela–participated in Brain Awareness Week this year.

Classroom visit from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil during last year's BAW events.

Classroom visit from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil during last year’s BAW events.

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BAW Across the Continents 2015: Pacific Islands

Brain Awareness Week took place in every corner of the world in 2015. Here’s what happened in Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Last year's Brain Awareness Week events at the Brain Health Research Centre in New Zealand.

Last year’s Brain Awareness Week events at the Brain Health Research Centre in New Zealand.

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