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Grifols Foundation Provides Awards for First Time at Intel ISEF 2014

The Victor Grifols Foundation will offer a Special Award for the first time at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May 2014. Answers were provided by the Victor Grifols Foundation.


Tell us about your organization and why it chose to offer a special award at Intel ISEF:
The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation was created in 1998 with the mission of promoting bioethics through dialogue between specialists in a range of areas. The Foundation seeks to foster ethical attitudes in organizations, companies and individuals active in the field of human health. To achieve this, it offers a discussion platform which provides a forum for the exchange of different perspectives on ethics.

To carry out our mission, the Foundation strives to promote research in specific areas of bioethics by awarding grants and prizes. By offering a special award at the Intel ISEF 2014, the Foundation hopes to spur the brightest young minds in science to contribute to a deeper understanding of bioethics.

What award(s) do you offer?
Intel ISEF 2014 will be the first year the Grifols Foundation has offered awards. We are thrilled to offer our science and ethics award. We plan to recognize work that reflects scientific excellence coupled with consideration of the ethical impact on society.


What impact do you think you, as an organization that provides awards and as judges, have on students interested in scientific research?
We hope to build awareness about the importance of ethics in scientific research. All research projects pose a number of ethical questions that must be addressed. This ethical dimension of research needs to be explored by students and scientists in society.

What areas of science does your organization focus on?
We focus on bioethics: ethics related to medical sciences. This year the Foundation broadened its focus to include sustainable development, biodiversity, genomics and other areas of emerging technologies with substantial ethical dilemmas.

Tell us about other ways Grifols Foundation will support Intel ISEF 2014:
Along with our exhibit in the Expo Hall, the Foundation will offer a tour and luncheon for fifteen students on Friday, May 16 at noon. The tour is open to all Intel ISEF participants and will be offered first-come, first-served to students who sign up for the tour at registration. The tour includes a guided tour of Grifols Valley Manufacturing Plant in Pasadena and the Grifols Museum. Students will be able to see the production process of plasma products and learn about our history.

Maria Grimmett, Broadcom MASTERS and Intel ISEF Alumna, Continues Water Quality Research

11:24am, February 11, 2014

Maria Elena Grimmett was a Broadcom MASTERS finalist in both 2011 and 2012. In 2012, she won the first place award in Mathematics. Maria also won a third award in Environmental Science at Intel ISEF 2013. She recently published her research in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Below she talks about her experiences in both SSP educational competitions and conducting research on water quality.

Volunteering is a Family Affair at Intel ISEF

8:30am, February 6, 2014
Sushil Madhogarhia volunteered, along with his daughter, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May 2013. More than 1,000 judges, 500 general volunteers, and 200 interpreters in a variety of languages are needed to make each Intel ISEF successful. No scientific background is needed for general volunteers or interpreters. Interested?

Andrew Sessler, STS 1945 Alumnus, Wins Fermi Award

10:06am, February 3, 2014
Andrew Sessler, an alumnus of the Science Talent Search 1945, received the Fermi Award from the Department of Energy on February 3, 2014.

Vote for Science News Cover to Win a Reader's Choice Award

1:32pm, January 31, 2014

This week, we are trying to win the American Society of Magazine Editors Reader’s Choice Award for Best Cover. The winner will be selected based on Facebook popularity. You can help by liking this cover on Facebook and encouraging your friends and families to do the same. We’re currently in second place in the Science, Technology and Nature category, so please consider taking a moment to vote now!

Bonnie Lei Meets with White House Pastry Chef about Organization She Co-Founded

9:24am, January 28, 2014

In 2011, Bonnie Lei from Walnut, CA was both an Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) finalist. At Intel ISEF, she received a Second Award in Animal Sciences. Bonnie is currently a student at Harvard University and co-founder of The Food Lab for Kids.

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