Psychology Hosts 1st Annual San Bernardino Brain Bee
Faculty and students from the Department of Psychology in the School of Behavioral Health hosted the 1st annual San Bernardino Brain Bee at Loma Linda University on April 6, 2014. More than 10 graduate students from the Department of Psychology assisted with the coordination of this event, led by Psychology PhD students Courtney Ray, MA, MDiv, Pamela Lorenzo and Nikita Mistry, MA. The “Brain Bee Competition” was the capstone and primary attraction of this event, moderated by Melissa Dulcich-Garcia, PhD. Five bright high school students competed for prizes by answering questions related to neuroscience in front of a large audience.
Left: San Bernardino high school student participants raise their answers to a Brain Bee neuroscience question
The event also included a keynote address by Richard Hartman, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Loma Linda Behavioral Neuroscience Lab. Dr. Hartman commented that this event “was a really good experience for the students, faculty, and community [members] that participated. The attendees I spoke to were extremely appreciative of this opportunity to mingle with neuroscientists, learn about our field and ‘how to get there’.”
Left: Richard E. Hartman, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology
The keynote presentation was followed by breakout sessions conducted by psychology graduate students and other health care professionals that included topics such as “What is Clinical Psychology?”, “What does it take to be a doctoral student?”, “Traumatic brain injuries in sports”, and “The truth about performance enhancing drugs.”
Right: John Bellone, MA, Clinical Psychology PhD student, presents during a breakout session to a group of students and community members attending the San Bernardino Brain Bee.
The San Bernardino Brain Bee will continue to be held on an annual basis, providing students and community members with an opportunity to engage with neuroscientists, students of neuroscience and neuroscience as a field.
Left: Attendees of the 1st Annual San Bernardino Brain Bee in Randall Amphitheater
- Jillianne Wagner, Assessment Coordinator, School of Behavioral Health