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March 2011

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Alphabet of Life: Searching for clues to the genetic code's origin
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A Finalist at Intel STS 2010 Public Day

Perspectives and Advice from Intel STS 2011 Finalists

As the 70th Science Talent Search approaches, some of the inspiring Intel STS 2011 Finalists reflect on science:

“I have personal firsthand knowledge that with a little insight and a lot of work, even a shoebox can be converted into a device which can save hundreds of lives every day in every country.” - Alison Dana Bick, Short Hills, NJ

“Science takes as much creativity and unconventionality, if not more, than what we stereotypically perceive art to require, and it is only when we don’t conform and allow ourselves not to be confined solely to one specific goal that the most astonishing progress can be made.” - Xiaoyu (Carrie) Cao, San Diego, CA

"Come out of your panic zone and dive into the ocean to explore science. That is exactly what I did.” - Prithwis Mukhopadhyay, Woodbury, MN

“Science is like digging a hole—sand falls back in with each dig of the shovel. Yet, each moment is a moment closer to the treasure of discovery.” - Jenny Liu, Orange, CT

“Real science is not boring. Science is not only reading and memorizing textbooks like you do in school. It is more exciting and interesting than that. Science research is full of unexpected twists and turns, and every day is something new.” - Scott Boisvert, Chandler, AZ

The public is invited to view the projects of Intel STS 2011 Finalists at Intel STS Public Day on Sunday, March 13, at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Keep up with the Finalists: follow SSP on twitter or like SSP on Facebook.


Success with Science
 

SSP Alumni Help Others Succeed with Science

Shiv Gaglani (Intel ISEF 2004, 2005, 2006) wished that, before he had participated in the Intel ISEF for the first time, he had been able to speak with someone who had had the experience. That conversation may have helped him take even fuller advantage of all of the opportunities available to him and his fellow young scientists. This thought grew into the idea for a book, with four other SSP alumni, that includes advice and inspiration for students hoping to excel at high school research. Success with Science: The Winner’s Guide to High School Research was published in January 2011.

The five co-authors, also including Maria Elena "Ellen" De Obaldia (Intel ISEF 2002, 2003), Scott Duke Kominers (Intel ISEF 2005), Dayan "Jack" Li (Intel ISEF 2007), and Carol Y. Suh (Intel STS 2007; Intel ISEF 2005, 2006, 2007), took time from study and research at Harvard to complete the project. “It was definitely worth it,” Shiv says, because “we are very passionate about what we are doing.”

Read the rest of the story in the SSP Blog.


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Ben Gulak (Intel ISEF 2004, 2006, 2007) with his Uno Bike.
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New work suggests sleep loss can affect how the body uses energy later.
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Energy Conservation in Your Sleep

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One day, about six hours before they went to bed, five young men and two young women checked in to a Colorado hospital for a scientific sleepover. They climbed into their beds and stayed there for four nights and three days while a team of researchers kept careful watch. The scientists wanted to measure how much energy is used by a person who stays up all night. Read More

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