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The "lab on a chip" prototype. Credit: George Korir, Stanford University

Science, Play, and Research Kit Competition

SPARK Winners Announced

On Tuesday, April 8, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the winners of the Science, Play, and Research Kit (SPARK) competition.

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, and his graduate student, George Korir, won the first place award of $50,000. Prakash and Korir developed a prototype of an inexpensive “lab on a chip” using a technology known as “microfluidics.” Microfluidics uses programmable microchips containing miniature pipes, valves, and pumps to carry out a wide variety of chemistry or biology experiments.

In total, 16 projects in two categories (prototypes - projects that are operational and demonstrable – and ideations - fleshed out project ideas that have not yet been developed into prototypes, but have a strong potential for development) received recognition and a total of $136,000 in prize money was awarded. Read More

The common mole is blind and has a poor sense of touch, but it can smell in stereo. Credit: K Catania

Science News

Science News Wins Awards

Science News continues to be recognized for its excellence in science journalism. Hard on the heels of having won FOLIO Magazine’s 2013 Eddie award for Best Single Article, Science News swept the awards of the DC Science Writers Association’s Newsbrief competition.

With more than 60 entries in the competition, Science News took first place and both honorable mentions. Staff writer Meghan Rosen won the competition for her news piece “Paralyzed rats relearn to pee.” Honorable mentions went to molecular biology writer Tina Hesman Saey and physics writer Andrew Grant for their news articles “Mole sniffs the world in stereo” and “Single electron caught in action,” respectively.

In addition, ScienceNews.org was chosen as one of 10 Official Honorees in the Science category of the 18th Annual Webby Awards. From Webby: “With 12,000 entries received from all 50 US states and over 60 countries, the Official Honoree distinction is awarded to the top 20 percent of all work entered that exhibits remarkable achievement.” 

Intel ISEF

Support Young Scientists by Judging at Intel ISEF

Chris Gould is the Judging Chair of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014, being held May 11-16 in Los Angeles, CA. Judges, volunteers, and interpreters are still needed to support the fair.

My job as the Intel ISEF Judging Chair is to make sure that there are enough judges to ensure that every single student in every single category gets a fair hearing for their project, and an adequate opportunity to interact with experts in their field. Students who make it to Intel ISEF have typically gone through several layers of qualifying fairs and they deserve to be treated with respect. This means that I need to recruit enough judges so that each student gets an adequate number of interviews. My goal this year is for each project to have 10 interviews with different judges. Read More

 

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Intel STS, Intel ISEF, Broadcom MASTERS

SSP Competitions Recieve NASSP Approval

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the Intel Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2014-2015. 

The new mega-virus rests within the single-celled amoeba that it infected. Credit: Julia Bartoli and Chantal Abergel, IGS and CNRS-AMU

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