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Psychology News

Date: Feb 2015

The 2015 local Brain Bee was hosted by Stevenson University's Psychology Club in the Greenspring Pavilion on February 28th, where several local high school students competed in a challenging neuroscience contest of knowledge, each ultimately seeking a spot in the leagues of national and international competition.

"The Brain Bee is a neuroscience Q&A competition for secondary school students that motivates students to learn about the brain and inspires them to pursue careers in biomedical research." Founder Norbert Myslinski of Stevenson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore directs the global contest.

*more information can be found from the Society for Neuroscience

The reigning champion of the contest was student Natalia Stepanova, pictured below.

(From left to right: students Natalia Stepanova, Grace Chueng, Kevin Su, Will Green, and Ridhi Chaudhary)

On February 21st, 2015, eighteen Psychology Students were honored with the Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities award. The students were selected based on their academic excellence and community service contributions at Stevenson.

The Who's Who achievement award has been a symbolic legacy of academic recognition for over eighty years and has been presented to students at over 1,000 colleges and universities nationally.

The recognized Psychology students (far back, left to right): Monique Bucknor and Lisa Taffe, from top left: Sam Conteh, Christina Ceary, Samantha Eddy, and Alyssa Henry, row 3: Lillian Morales, Catherine Butt, Alexandra Ondrejcak, and Kayla Little, row 4: Melissa Kauffman and Chelsie Grant, row 5: Renee Green, Nefertiti Victor, Joyce Smith, and Alba Mehmetllari, very front: Stephanie Taverna and Kenya Ford.

All students presented with the award gathered on the Inscape Theater stage to be recognized for their excellence. Congratulations to the students for their achievements!

(more information can be found at the official website for the Who's Who program)

Psychology adjunct Dr. Kate Thomas was recently featured on WBAL news radio for a discussion regarding the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy and her expertise on human sexuality.

In her discussion with Bryan Nehman of Maryland's News Now,  Dr. Thomas talks about "the effects of 50 Shades of Grey in our society and relationships." She also suggests that "the attraction to the book is that the dominant man wants them, not anybody else. It's not so much about the bondage, rather about their relationship."

The full podcast can be listened to here.

Please join us for the local Brain Bee competition to be held on February 22, 2015!

Stevenson University’s Psychology Club cordially invites you to the coolest neuroscience competition around! Watch local high school students go head-to-head to show their knowledge of the brain for a spot at the national competition.

*Check-in and lunch begin at 12:00 PM,
*Competition begins at 1:45.

Please RSVP by February 15, 2015 to: PSYCHCLUB@

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