In sixth grade, Rebecca Nyquist learned how to prove her science teacher wrong and find answers for herself.
Rebecca Nyquist, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker at the Research Teachers Conference, sponsored by Regeneron, held in Washington, D.C. on September 30 to October 1, 2016.
Rebecca discussed grit and mindfulness in a speech she dedicated as a tribute to her sixth grade science teacher, who passed away in a bike accident this summer.
Some teachers come in on the weekends and stay after school to help students create projects for science fairs. Kathy Lin, a middle school teacher in Hawaii, even has hot dogs during an after-school program since school lunch isn't offered.
"Hot dogs are a big draw for students. They came for the hot dogs at first, but stayed for the projects," she said.
Almost a dozen Society for Science & the Public alumni were recognized with fellowships from the Davidson Foundation on September 21, 2016 at the annual fellowship award ceremony.
Twenty recipients total in the fields of science, engineering, music, literature, technology, math, and an “out-of-the-box” category were honored with awards. Eleven Society alumni of the Regeneron Science Talent Search (previously the Intel STS), Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS competitions were included.
This weekend, Lawrence High School teacher Stephen Sullivan will travel to Washington, D.C. for a special meeting with 199 other science research teachers.
Karan Jerath, a 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) finalist, studies oil spills. Karan was recently selected as a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.
"I am really excited about this opportunity and hope to work on promoting STEM education as well as promoting sustainability through an engineering lens," he said.
The human brain fascinates Luiz Fernando da Silva Borges, a Brazilian high school student. He works with brain-machine interfaces to understand the inner workings of the brain.
Read our interview with Luiz below to learn more about these interfaces, his current research on a method to communicate with people in comas, and why he chases utopias.
In high school, Naveena Bontha created an energy efficient way to reduce people's carbon footprints. The Washington state high school student's novel approach to create inexpensive electrochromic coatings for smart windows earned her the attention of one of the Special Award Organizations at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May.
Two alumni of the Society for Science & the Public's science fair competitions were named 2016 MacArthur Fellows. They include: Bill Thies, a 1997 Intel STS finalist, and Dianne Newman, a 1987 and 1988 Intel ISEF finalist. Additionally, Manu Prakash, who won the first place prize in the Society's 2014 Science, Play and Research Kit (SPARK) competition, is a 2016 Fellow. These "genius grants" are awarded to notable researchers.
What are the genetic rules for the X-Men and witches and wizards in Harry Potter?
Two Science News and Science News for Students writers explored this and more on several panels at a recent conference in Atlanta, Georgia called DragonCon. This year, more than 77,000 people attended.
Honey is pretty sweet. But what’s even sweeter are its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which Hannah Cevasco is researching.
Hannah, a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS second place winner, focuses on researching the effects of Manuka honey, produced in Australia and New Zealand, on the metabolic activity of cancer cells.