2019 DIBS Brain Bee Set Jan. 27

Durham students to compete in neuroscience knowledge
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The ‘Buzz’ about the DIBS Brain Bee on Jan. 27, 2019

On Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) will sponsor a “Brain Bee” open to up to 30 Durham Public Schools high school students. The national sponsor is the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), a highly regarded professional organization for neuroscientists. Dr. Thomas Newpher, a Duke neuroscience faculty member, is the primary contact for the event. For questions, please contact Dr. Newpher, thomas.newpher@duke.edu for any questions.

How Does It Work?

  • DIBS has contacted Durham Public Schools teachers to ask if they have/expect to have students they believe would like to participate. 
  • DIBS has provided DPS with an online registration link to share with the students, which the students may submit. The event is limited to 30 participants, selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • DIBS will confirm the students’ participation and has requested parental permission for all students
  • Participating teachers and students will receive the official SfN study guide to help them understand the neuroscience material from which questions will be selected. Please see below for sample questions.

What is the Schedule?

  • By November 16:              Participants are confirmed and parental permission forms collected.
  • By December 7:                DIBS provides participants with study guides; students begin studying
  • January 27, 2019:             Brain Bee is held at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Registration: 1:30 p.m.; Competition: 2-3:30 p.m.

What Kinds of Questions Will Be Asked?

The study guide material ranges from fairly simple to quite advanced. Students do not have to have had any neuroscience classes, but they will want to review the guide closely. If needed, DIBS may be able to provide some optional study sessions.

Broca’s area is important for what function?

Speech Production

What is the addicting substance in tobacco?


ALS is given the common name of what famous American baseball player?

Lou Gehrig

What is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter of the brain?


Name the field of study that involves the moral implications and social consequences of neuroscience?


Name the part of the cerebrum that is gray, folded into grooves, and
divided into lobes?

Cerebral Cortex

The gaps that occur in myelin sheaths at regular intervals are called what?

Nodes of Ranvier


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