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Matthew True Haynes
SSP Fellow Sydney Bergman's student, Matthew True Haynes, became an Intel ISEF 2011 Finalist by winning the Washington, DC Science and Engineering Fair
Nobel Laureates
Six Nobel Laureates reflected on their lives and careers at the Intel ISEF 2011

Intel ISEF 2011 Gordon E. Moore Winners
Matthew Feddersen and Blake Marggraff with the Gordon E. Moore Award
Intel ISEF 2011 Gordon E. Moore Winners
In the middle, Jinyoung Seo, Dongju Shin, and Andrew Wooyoung accept the Herschbach-SIYSS Award from Dudley Herschbach (right) and Robert Piehl-Fridqvist, National Board Member at Swedish Federation of Young Scientists

Bay Area Team Wins Intel ISEF Top Prize for New Tumor Treatment

Matthew Feddersen, 17, and Blake Marggraff, 18, from Lafayette, California were awarded the top prize at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. They share $75,000 and the Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO. Feddersen and Maggraff won for developing a potentially more effective and less expensive cancer treatment that places tin near a tumor before radiation therapy.

Other top winners include Taylor Wilson from Reno, Nevada, who was named an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award winner and received $50,000. Taylor developed a low dose and high sensitivity interrogation system for countering nuclear terrorism. The team of Pornwasu Pongtheerawan, Arada Sungkanit, and Tanpitcha Phongchaipaiboon from Thailand also received an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and $50,000 for determining 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 environment.

Andrew Wooyoung Kim, of Athens, Georgia, and the team of Jinyoung Seo and Dongju Shin of Busan, South Korea, won the Dudley R. Herschbach-SIYSS Award for their projects, "Epigenetic Factors Influence Drosophila Brain Function Aggressive Behavior, Phase V" and "Mimicking Wetting Behavior of Spider Silk: Studies on Water-Harvesting Efficiency According to the Fabrication of the Pattern of Wettability Gradient," respectively. The re-named award was presented for the first time this year in honor of Dudley R. Herschbach, Harvard Professor, 1986 Nobel Laureate in chemistry, and Emeritus Board Chair of SSP. The award includes a trip to see the Nobel Awards in Sweden.

SSP Fellow Randa Flinn
Randa Flinn, a 2010 SSP Fellow, reports on an Intel ISEF 2011 symposium on STEM education

Intel ISEF 2011 Symposia

In addition to offering young scientists the opportunity to meet and compete, Intel ISEF also offers teachers, fair directors, and scientists the chance to learn about science and science education through multiple symposia. Three SSP Fellows wrote blogs on three symposia:

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Katie Parson
Katie (Razer) Parson, who attended the Intel ISEF 2011 with Finalists from two Arkansas fairs, by her project at ISEF 1996

SSP Alumni at Intel ISEF 2011

More than 200 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2011 Finalists were already SSP alumni, having previously competed at Intel ISEF or another SSP education program (Intel STS and/or the SSP Middle School Program, now the Broadcom MASTERS). But they were not the only returning alumni; alumni also attended as teachers, fair directors, volunteers, and judges. Some of the returning alumni included Erika DeBenedictis (Intel STS 2010; Intel ISEF 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010), Bob Wisner (ISEF 1958 and 1959), Lynne Calonico (STS 1969), Liz Baker (Intel ISEF 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), and Katie (Razer) Parson (ISEF 1996). Read more.

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Don't go it alone: Ants cling to each other to create a floating raft.
Credit: Nathan Mlot and Tim Nowack

Science News for Kids explains...

Ants aweigh!

By Stephen Ornes

Fire ants are famous for their construction projects (as well as their burning bites). When they need to, colonies of these insects turn themselves into ladders, chains and walls. And when floodwaters rise, a colony can float to safety by making an unusual boat. The ants hold tightly to each other, forming a buoyant disk atop the water. The ant-raft may float for months seeking safe harbor. Read More

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