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May 20, 2011
Sigma Xi Awards at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC –Sigma Xi presented special awards for interdisciplinary research at ther 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles.
The First Place Award of $2,500 went to
the team of Arianne Elizabeth Papa and
Jane Elizabeth Smyth of Lido Beach, New
York, for their project "Mussels, A Natural
Approach to Sewer Treatment: Evaluation
Geukensia Demissa as Biofilters of Local
Bay Pollution." This team also won an
award in the Environmental category.
The Second Place Award of $1,500 went to
the team of Mike Wu and Stephen Yu of San
Diego, California for their project "Position
and Vector Detection of Blind Spot Motion
with Horn-Schunck Optical Flow."
And the Third Place Prize of $1,000 went
to sisters Lisa and Tess Michaels of Plano,
Texas for a project titled "Neuroscience
of Longevity: Effects of Stress and
Antioxidant Genes on the Lifespan of
Transgenic Drosophila Melanogaster."
This team also won an award in the
(A video of Lisa and Tess Michaels experience at Intel ISEF, Sigma Xi award presentation is at the 7 minute mark.)
Matthew Feddersen and Blake Marggraff
from Lafayette, California were awarded
the top prize at the ISEF, a program of
Society for Science & the Public. They
received $75,000 and the Gordon E.
Moore (SX 1953) Award, in honor of the
Intel co-founder and retired chairman
and CEO, for developing a potentially
more effective and less expensive cancer
treatment that places tin metal near a
tumor before radiation therapy.
Taylor Wilson from Reno, Nevada was
named an Intel Foundation Young Scientist
Award winner and received $50,000. Taylor
developed one of the lowest dose and
highest sensitivity interrogation systems for
countering nuclear terrorism.
The team of Pornwasu Pongtheerawan,
Arada Sungkanit and Tanpitcha
Phongchaipaiboon from Thailand also
received an Intel Foundation Young Scientist
Award. This team determined that a gelatin
found in fish scales could be successfully used
in modern day fish packaging—an invention
that could have positive, long-term effects for
"The innovation, the methodology, the
quality of research—I am so encouraged
when I see how bright these young people
are. I can only be optimistic about our future
with these students as the next generation of
leaders in science," said Sigma Xi Executive
Director Jerry Baker.
Along with Jerry Baker, four Society members volunteered to be judges for the Sigma Xi Special Award for "Best Demonstration of Interdisciplinary Research"
- Anne Rosenwald - Georgetown University
- Kam Dahlquist – Loyola Marymount University
- Stan Tahara – University of Southern California
- Suzanne Nicholas – University of California, Los Angeles
In addition to the winners mentioned above,
more than 400 finalists received awards
and prizes for their groundbreaking work.
Awards included 17 "Best of Category"
winners who each received a $5,000 prize.
The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000
grant to each winner's school and the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair-affiliated
fair they represent.
This year, more than 1,500 young
entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists were
selected to compete in the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair, the world's
largest high school science research
competition. They were selected from 443
affiliate fairs in 65 countries, regions and
territories, including for the first time France,
Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Macao
SAR of the People's Republic of China.
About Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers. Membership is by invitation, in recognition of research potential or achievement. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist, the non-profit Society awards hundreds of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.