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October 2011

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IN THIS ISSUE: Vote for SSP, Broadcom MASTERS, SSP Fellow Valdine McLean, Alumni, and more...

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Jim Stevens reflects on 30 years on the ISEF Scientific Review Committee
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The award honors companies and charitable organizations that work together to effectively address important social issues.

The organizations were recognized in the annual Corporate Citizenship Awards category for collaboration on the Intel ISEF, Intel STS, and the SSP Fellowship. Please show your support for these programs by voting before October 28 and by encouraging your friends and family to vote.


Broadcom MASTERS

Meet the Broadcom MASTERS 2011 Finalists in DC

Broadcom MASTERS finalists, top middle school science fair students from across the nation, will exhibit their science fair projects at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. SSP encourages students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers, and members of the general public who share an enthusiasm for science and engineering to attend. Learn more about the Broadcom MASTERS and Public Day.


SSP Fellow Valdine Mclean

SSP Fellow Valdine McLean Develops Collaboration with Students and Farmers

Valdine McLean, selected from a national pool of entrants as an SSP Fellow in 2009, recently established the Great Basin Coop Testing Laboratory. The nonprofit laboratory will serve as a community and education resource to residents of Northern Nevada. Read more.

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Todd Rider
Todd Rider (STS 1986; ISEF 1983, 84, 85, 86)

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These two mice are genetically identical and exactly the same age. Each mouse’s mother received a different, specialized diet, which switched on or off chemical clusters called methyl groups that reside near genes. Flipping these genetic switches created differences in size, fur color, and health in the otherwise identical offspring.
Credit: Randy Jirtle/Duke University

Science News for Kids explains...

What’s on your genes?

By Sharon Pochron

We’ve all heard it before: “It’s in your genes.”

If you’re lucky, a parent or neighbor is trying to explain one of your good quirks, not one of your goofy ones. “Your father could hit the ball out of the park, too,” someone might say. Or you have the same unruly curls as your mom. Thankfully, that someone hasn’t heard you and your dad snore. Read More

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