Press Releases 2006
Winners of 2006 Molecular Sciences Institute Competition for the "Best Genomics Presentation" Announced
(May 23, 2006) Science Buddies today announced that the winners of the 2006 Molecular Sciences Institute Competition for the "Best Genomics Presentation" have been chosen. Amy Tai, a 9th grade student from Oklahoma earned first place and a $750 prize with her paper entitled "HOXD12: Tracking a Protein through Species Evolution." Harsh Singh, a 7th grade student from Illinois earned a $250 prize as the runner-up with his paper entitled, "Avian Influenza." Science Buddies and the Molecular Sciences Institute commend these students, as well as all the other students who entered the 2006 contest, for their research efforts and their interest in the field of genomics.
Science Buddies Volunteer Recognized by Diablo Magazine as one of Five "2006 Women to Watch"(May 23, 2006) Science Buddies is proud to report that Cecelia McCloy, a Science Buddies volunteer and donor, has recently been recognized in the press both for her passion for science and her success as the founder of Integrated Science Solutions, a multi-million dollar company. The article profiles five successful women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Diabo Magazine notes, "Applying cutting-edge science to real-world applications makes the Walnut Creek business a cool place to work. So does McCloy's collegial style, which includes giving employees paid time off to volunteer in their communities. Her management savvy has put her at the top of local and national magazine lists heralding companies that are small, fast-growing, and owned by women. The mother of three also speaks at schools about the value of science education. "I ask students if they would like to go to Mars someday," McCloy says. "It could happen in [their] lifetime, and a science education could provide them with a round-trip ticket." Learn more about Ms. McCloy and her accomplishments by visiting the links below.
- http://www.diablomag.com/home/show_story/159/ (Link for this story temporarily active until archived by magazine.)
Science Buddies Win Awards at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
(May 23, 2006) Four Science Buddies volunteers (volunteer Experts on Ask an
Expert) competed in Indianapolis at the Intel International Science & Engineering
Fair (ISEF) held May 7th through 12th. Three of them won multiple awards including
First Place and Best in Category in Space Science, First Place Top Team Project
award, and a trip to the European Youth Science Exhibition in Spain of this year.
The ISEF event is often called the "Olympics of Science Fair Competitions." Congratulations
from everyone at Science Buddies!
Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together almost 1,500 students from more than 47 countries to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award where the top three students at the ISEF each receive a $50,000 college scholarship. Students qualify for ISEF by winning their regional or state science fair, so participation in ISEF is quite an honor in itself.
Science Buddies ISEF Participants:
|George Chen||Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA||
- MILSET award for a Top Team Project, a trip to the European Youth Science Exhibition
ESE 2006 in Tarragona Spain
-1st Place award of $3,000 for Team Projects presented by Science News
|Paladin: A New Fast and Secure Symmetric Block Cipher|
|Terik Daly||Oak Grove High School, San Jose, CA||
- Top Place Winner, award of $5000 for Intel ISEF Best of Category in Space Science
sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory
- 1st Place award of $3000 in Space Science
- 2nd Place award of $500 from the American Statistical Association
- Award of Merit of $400 from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists
- Honorable Mention award from American Geological Institute
|Investigating the Chemical Signatures of Meteorite Impacts|
|Benjamin Pollack||Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, NY||
- Merit Team Award of $100 from Society for Technical Communication
- 4th Place award of $500 for Team Projects from Science News
|Sexual Selection in Drosophila: A Behavioral, Morphological, and Geographic Study|
|Sonia Singhal||Carlmont High School, Belmont, CA||- Participant|
Science Buddies Volunteer Makes Cover of EE Times Magazine
(February 24, 2006) Science Buddies is proud to report that Candice Brown Elliott, a Science Buddies volunteer, has recently been recognized in the press for her pioneering work in visual display technology. Ms. Brown Elliott, founder and chief technology officer of Clairvoyante Inc., is revolutionizing the production of LCD panels, making them more energy efficient while increasing the brightness, color, and contrast seen by the human eye. As a leader in the world of communications technology, she has received many accolades for her innovations and involves herself in many organizations (including Science Buddies) to inspire more women to become engineers. Learn more about Ms. Brown Elliott and her accomplishments by visiting the links below.
High School Seniors Sought for National Youth Science Camp® Honors
(February 14, 2006) Two high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The three-week experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight expeditions into the National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.
The 2006 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) experience is offered at no cost to its participants, so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation® allow delegates to participate in this "once in a lifetime" experience. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge.
Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Sunday, June 25, and depart on Sunday, July 16, 2005. The Science Camp is held at Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, near the Monongahela National Forest. Application forms are available on the Science Camp website at www.nysc.org and must be submitted directly to California's selection coordinator at the following address. The Application deadline is February 17, 2006.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Secretary of Education
1121 L Street, Ste. 600
Sacramento, CA 95814
Science Buddies Home Page Redesigned
(January 5, 2006) Visitors to Science Buddies will notice the homepage has received a slight makeover, and hopefully will find the changes an improvement to our old content. The menu on the left side of the screen has been simplified for easier navigation around the site.
The first change to note is that "Science Project Ideas" on the left menu replaces the old menu link to "Project Ideas & Info by Area of Science." The new link sends users to the same page as before, and provides everything students need to get started on a project. The "Science Project Ideas" page also includes the information previously featured under the menu item, "Cutting Edge Projects." In addition, students looking for local science fairs can visit the "Science Fair Directory" from the homepage menu. The link was formerly named "Science Fairs Near You." To locate information on the Science Buddies organization, donations, volunteering, and the online store, users can scroll to the bottom of the page, and find the links under the copyright information.
We hope you will find the redesign of the homepage helpful, and we look forward to bringing more changes to make a visit to Science Buddies as productive as possible.
Science Buddies Mentors Win Big at Siemens Westinghouse Competition
(January 5, 2006) Benjamin Pollack, a Science Buddies Mentor for the past two years, won a $50,000 team scholarship at the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science, & Technology with his project entitled, "Sexual Selection in Drosophilia: A Behavioral, Morphological, and Geographic Study." Pollack shares his prize with his teammate, Abhinav Khanna, a fellow senior at Plainview Old-Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York.
Their winning project examined how female fruit flies select mates based on different morphological traits, and demonstrated sexual selection as a likely evolutionary mechanism. The results produced by their study may provide a greater understanding of trait evolution in most organisms. The team's mentor was Dr. John R. True, SUNY Stony Brook.
Pollack and Khanna won at the regional level in November, where their project was judged by leading research scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. With a regional win, the team advanced to the National Finals held at New York University in December 2005. Pollack was a semifinalist at the 2004 Siemens Westinghouse Competition, and won 3rd place in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last year.
George Chen, another Science Buddies Mentor, earned a $1,000 runner-up award with his team at the Siemens Western Regional Competition at the University of California at Berkeley. His team's project, "Paladin: A New, Fast, and Secure Symmetric Block Cipher," concentrated on the development of a new encryption algorithm for protecting sensitive data.
The Siemens Westinghouse Competition originated in 1998 to recognize America's best and brightest students in math, science, and technology. In 2005, over 1,500 students entered the competition to earn national renown for high school science projects.
Congratulations to Ben and George for their fine work!