Brain Bee science competition inspires LI high schoolers

Safia Mirza planned to pursue a career in reconstructive surgery, but a neuroscience competition she participated in Saturday at Hofstra University opened her to another option: the study of the human brain. “I never thought of it before, but looking at the specimens sparked an interest in me,” Mirza, 16, said after winning the competition — and a trip to next month’s national Brain Bee championship in Baltimore. Most Popular “The brain is one of the most unexplored organs, and the answer to a lot of diseases lies in the brain,” said the junior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School. Mirza was one of 31 Long Island high school students who participated in the event at the university’s medical school, one of 50 regional competitions in 30 states…

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