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Natalia Stepanova, one of the competing high school students in the 2015 Brain Bee, was named the official champion of the intellectual contest.

Natalia will go on to compete in the national competition at the University of Maryland School of Medicine from March 20-21. The winner of the national competition will go on to compete in the international competition in Australia this summer. Good Luck Natalia!

Psychology Club member and Vice President of Education and Service Outreach, Monique Bucknor, presents Natalia with her award.

Congratulations Miss Stepanova!

Winston, the loving pet and friend to Dr. Virginia Iannone, paid a visit to Dr. Tulloch's Animal Behavior class last week. While the students observed and noted his behavior, Dr. Iannone talked about his past and his place now as a part-time pet and part-time classroom friend and therapy animal to children. The video below follows his special visit:


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.

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