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Provine with Emily Ruan, winner of the 2013 Brain Bee
Provine with Emily Ruan, the U.S. finalist in the International Brain Bee

Robert Provine was a keynote speaker and judge at the U.S. finals of the Fifth Annual International Brain Bee on March 2 and 3, 2013. This is the second time that Provine has spoken at and judged this event. The topic of his talk was “Curious Behavior,” and was based on his book “Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond.”

The International Brain Bee is an annual competition about knowledge of neuroscience for high school students sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience. Thousands of students from around the world participate. Forty-seven US regional finalists, from as far as California and Alaska, competed.

The U.S. finalist, Emily Ruan, won a $3,000 and the opportunity to compete at the international championship in Vienna, Austria.