Education Notes: Apply now for Brain Academy

2014-02-24T00:00:00Z Education Notes: Apply now for Brain AcademyST. Joseph’s brain academy accepting applications Arizona Daily Star

Tucson-area high school juniors with an interest in neuroscience are encouraged to apply for the fourth annual Brain Academy at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The free interactive learning event, put on by the Carondelet Neurological Institute, will be held May 2 and 3. It is open to all Tucson-area juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Students will have a chance to tour the Carondelet Neurological Institute to see the state-of-the-art medical technology such as the neurosurgery operating room and the stereotactic radiosurgery suite where radiation treatment for brain and spine tumors is precisely targeted; attend a conference covering the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions; learn more about the biology of the brain and what goes wrong in some of the most common neurological conditions; participate in hands-on demonstrations; and meet experts in the field and ask questions.

Twenty participants will be selected. The deadline to apply is March 7. Visit for more information and to apply for the program.

St. Gregory student wins math competition

St. Gregory College Preparatory School student Kylie Yuanqi Zhang won an international math competition for her research in creating a more economical and efficient 3D modeling system.

Zhang, an 18-year-old international student from Hengshui, Hebei, China, won the Gold Prize in the Shing-Tung Yau High School Mathematics Awards.

More than 400 teams of students from Europe, the United States, Taiwan, Singapore and mainland China participated in the competition. Zhang, a St. Gregory senior, was the only member of her team.

She was selected by a panel of 20 international mathematicians for her project. Zhang presented her findings before an international committee at Beijing’s Tsinghua University in December before being named Confucius Prize laureate in mathematics.

Zhang launched the project — 3D Surface Fabrication Using Conformal Geometry — last summer. She hopes her discoveries might lead to better 3D modeling for toy and fashion manufacturing, and possible application in cancer treatment by creating highly accurate tumor models.

Open house set for Satori private, charter schools

Satori School is offering an open house for families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Satori’s private school, 3801 N. First Ave., serves kindergarteners and first-graders, while the charter school, 3727 N. First Ave., is for students in grades second through eighth.

For more information, call 887-4003.

Green Fields event features food trucks, astronomy

Green Fields Country Day School will host its second annual Star Party and Food Truck Roundup on Friday at the school, 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra.

The food trucks will begin serving at 5 p.m. The star party will begin at 6 p.m.

Astronomers from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will be at the event to help children and adults find star attractions.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information call 297-2288 or go to

Shakespeare competition set for Saturday

Nearly three dozen Southern Arizona students will compete Saturday in the 29th annual High School Shakespeare contest.

The students, representing 24 Southern Arizona high schools, will deliver monologues from Shakespeare plays.

The winner will go to New York in April for the national competition, with an opportunity to earn a trip to England for a six-week study tour.

The event — scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tornabene Theatre at the University of Arizona Fine Arts Complex, 1025 N. Olive Road — is free and open to the public.

Compiled by reporters Alexis Huicochea and Jamar Younger. Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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