Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
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Society for Neuroscience
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences National Center for Toxicological Research Arkansas Children's Hospital Arkansas State University University of Central Arkansas Hendrix College UALR/UAMS Joint Graduate Program in Bioinformatics

Contact information - Officers

Business Manager: Rosemary Cornett,
Elect: Dr. Syed Imam,
President Elect: Dr. Antino Allen,
Secretary: Dr. Sumit Sarkar,
Treasurer: Dr. Mahmoud Kiaei,
Webmaster: Dr. Abdallah Hayar,

Previous Years Officers
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Neuroscience Activities

News coverage and Events
Brain Bee- high school students show their neuroscience knowledge
Brain Awareness Week- every year in March
Arkansas Science Fair- annual award for neuroscience research
Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Member services

Member List
Membership Form 2015: Annual Dues: $25 Regular Membership, Free Student Membership
Treasurer's Report (updated 4/28/2014)

Photos (2003-2007)- of society functions
ACSFN Bylaws (pdf) (doc)

Forum- for discussions of interest to the society
Calendar- chapter event calendar (members can subscribe, officers can add events)

Rosemary Cornett
Business Manager

Dr. Syed Z. Imam
President Elect

Dr. Antino Allen
President Elect

Dr. Sumit Sarkar

Dr. Mahmoud Kiaei

Dr. Abdallah Hayar

Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
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Wednesday, October 12, 2015, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Business Meeting and Presentations: Fred W. Smith Auditorium on the 12th Floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neuroscience Institute

and Poster Session: 12th Floor Foyer Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neuroscience Institute.
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Setup Posters

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Awards Committee meets with Undergraduate/Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Presenters to Evaluate Posters
11:30 a.m. Complimentary Box Lunch
11:45 - 12:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks, Andrew James, Ph.D.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Keynote Seminar: "Pain and the Brain: Understanding Nociception and Placebo with Functional Neuroimaging", Jason Craggs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Health Professions, University of Missouri

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Business Meeting: 1) Officers' Reports - Treasurer and Secretary, 2) Election of Officers, 3) Awards for Best Posters, 4) Old Business, 5) New Business  
1:45 - 3:30 p.m. Poster Session
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Removal of Posters from Poster Boards

Central Arkansas Brain Bee Announcement

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Fifteenth Annual Central Arkansas Brain Bee, February 22, 2016
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The Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the Arkansas Biosciences Institute sponsored the 2016 Arkansas Brain Bee held Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Darragh Center Auditorium at the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock. The Brain Bee is a live question and answer competition testing the neuroscience knowledge of middle school and high school students (ages 13-18). This year, a record 19 students competed from 8 schools:
Arkansas School for Math Sciences and Arts: Lauren Capes, Anna Claire Fields, Spencer Hazeslip
Central High School (Helena-West Helena): A'yanah Jefferson
Central High School (Little Rock): Harinee Arun, Karina Bao, Yupeng Liu
Episcopal Collegiate: Stephen Angtuaco, Nicole Occidental, Andrew Mathews
Genoa Central High School: Erin Acevedo, Aaron Ward
Glen Rose High School: Travis Barnett, Amy Hendricks, Lydie Pick
Riverside High School: Sam Meurer, Rocklan McCall, Lauren Smith
Southwest Junior High: Sojas Wagle

Ms. Karina Bao (center), a senior from Little Rock Central High School won first place in the competition, followed by Ms. Harinee Arun (left) and Mr. Sojas Wagle (right). Ms. Bao competed in the 2016 U.S. National Brain Bee held in Baltimore, MD on March 18-20, 2015 as part of National Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22). A record 56 Chapters from 35 states competed this year. Karina won first place in the U.S. National Brain Bee and will represent the United States at the Seventeenth World Brain Bee Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark in July.

Congratulations to LRCH's Karina Bao - 2016 National Brain Bee Champion (

March 21, 2016 - After three days of intense competition, the 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion is Little Rock Central High junior Karina Bao.

The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for teenagers.  A record fifty-six Chapter winners from 35 states around the country competed at the University of Maryland in Baltimore on March 18th, 19th and 20th.

Bao, who also represents the Arkansas Brain Bee Chapter, will receive a summer internship at a neuroscience lab, trophies for her school and herself, and the right to represent the United States at the Seventeenth World Brain Bee Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark in July.

The Brain Bee tests a student’s knowledge of the human brain, including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, schizophrenia, addictions, brain research and many others. The USA Championship competition involves a neuroanatomy laboratory practical exam with real human brains, patient diagnosis involving face-to-face interactions with patient actors, MRI brain imaging analysis, brain histology, and a final question and answer component.

Bao will now advance to the World Championship hosted this year by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, where she will compete against about 25 other champions from such countries as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and others.

The International Brain Bee was found 17 years ago by Dr. Norbert Myslinski, and has now  expanded to 160 chapters in 40 regions in 6 continents. Its purpose is “to motivate young men and women to learn about the brain, and inspire them to consider careers in basic and clinical neurosciences.” He says “We build better brains to fight brain disorders.”

USA Brain Bee Group Photo 2016
National Brain Bee Competitor Ranking 2016
USA Brain Bee Coordinators, Sponsors and Chaperones 2016
History of the International Brain Bee 2016

Brain Awareness Day, April 23, 2016, at the Darragh Center in the Little Rock Main Library
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The Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience will celebrate Brain Awareness Day on Saturday, April 23, 2016. We are trying a few things different this year. First, since Brain Awareness Week falls on Spring Break (which typically reduces participation from undergraduate institutions), we are hosting the event later in the year. Second, the event will be hosted at the Darragh Center in the Little Rock Main Library so that the event is completely free to the public! We will repurpose the rental fees that we usually pay to the Museum of Discovery to advertising our event.

We have reserved the Darragh Center from 10am – 2pm. It is a large space that can easily accommodate presentations from about 20 groups. Dr. Andrew James ( is taking lead on organizing this event. Please let him know if representatives of your lab, department, or institution will present, as well as a tentative topic.

If you plan on presenting at Brain Awareness Day on April 23rd, please let Dr. James know as soon as possible.

Brain Awareness Day, March 21, 2015, Discovery Museum
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On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the ACSfN sponsored Brain Awareness Day at the Museum of Discovery in downtown Little Rock from 9 am to 4 pm. This year’s event was overall a success, with more than 1000 children and adult visitors participating in the several interactive exhibits that focused upon various aspects of the central nervous system. The following ACSfN members were involved in organizing and presenting the exhibits and interacting with the attendees: Dr. John Bowyer (NCTR), Dr. Susan Lantz (NCTR), Dr. Matthew Fogle (NCTR), Dr. Andrew James (UAMS), Dr. Lisa Brents (UAMS), Dr. Jeffrey Padberg (UCA), Rachel Hendrix (UAMS), Dr. Laura Stanley (UAMS), Dr. John Chelonis (NCTR), Dr. Merle Paule (NCTR), Dr. Charles Fogle (NCTR), Dr. Rick Murray (Hendrix), Dr. Mahmoud Kiaei (UAMS), Rosemary Cornett (UAMS) and many graduate students and lab coordinators from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Central Arkansas. These included: Jonathan Young, Sonet Smitherman, Tonisha Kearney-Ramos, Rachel Hendrix, Paul Parcon, Brennon Luster, Helen Hayes, and JC Douglas (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences); Jordan Fletcher, Brad Moffitt, Josh Nichols, John Patterson, Brooke Skinner, Hailey Arens, Meghan Kenyon, Regan Harris, and Allyson Newton (University of Central Arkansas).

Dr. Andrew James, UAMS

Dr. Matthew Fogle, NCTR, “Operant behavior”

Dr. Andrew James, UAMS

Dr. Matt Fogle, NCTR

Dr. John Bowyer, NCTR, “Your Brain on Jell-O”

Susan Lantz, , NCTR, "How does your brain work"


Brennon Luster, Rachel Hendrix

Dr. Jeff Padberg, UCA


Dr. Laura Stanley, UAMS

Dr. Laura Stanley, UAMS

Arkansas High School State Science Fair

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The 2015 Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair was held on April 3, 2015 at the Farris Center on the UCA campus.

Updated 5/30/2016