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February 26, 2015
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North Hempstead Honors Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists

North Hempstead, NY – The Town of North Hempstead continued its tradition of honoring semifinalists from the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) during a ceremony before the regular Town Board meeting at Town Hall on February 24th. The Intel STS is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors and requires students to present original research to nationally recognized scientists.

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board honored 18 semifinalists who all attend schools in the Town of North Hempstead. This accounts for six percent of the 300 semifinalists nationwide. Honorees came from Manhasset, Paul D. Schreiber (Port Washington), John L. Miller Great Neck North, William A. Shine Great Neck South, Herricks, Mineola, Roslyn and Wheatley (East Williston) High Schools. This year, one of the students from North Hempstead, Tiffany Sun from Roslyn, moved on to the finals.

Dozens of proud family members and faculty looked on as Supervisor Bosworth presented certificates of recognition to the extraordinary young students who also briefly explained their innovative projects.

“Having the opportunity to honor such exceptional students is truly one of the best parts of my job,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “The amount of time, effort and dedication necessary to complete projects of this magnitude is truly incredible.” Bosworth also went on to say that the achievements would not be possible without the support of the teachers, parents, and administrators who were all on hand to share in the moment.

The 12 of the 18 semifinalists who were in attendance were presented certificates of recognition by the Town Board and gave brief explanations of their projects. Below is a list of this year’s semifinalists with their project titles:

Manhasset High School

  • Emma Jing Dong: Custom multi-layered nanoparticles in targeted hyperthermia for cancer treatment using COMSOL multiphysics modeling and near infrared plasmonic photothermal therapy. 
  • Jessica Kim: Enhancing the power conversion efficiency of inverted organic photovoltaics with gold-functionalized reduced graphene oxide and phase-separated polymer morphology. 
  • Typher Yom: Fabrication of n-doped graphene coated over silicon carbide as a cathode in improving metal air cells via the acidic 4-electron pathway oxygen reduction reaction.

Paul D. Schreiber High School

  • Caitlin Ferris: The Trajectory of the New York State Achievement Gap: Possible Factors and the Results of No Child Left Behind. Great Neck North High School
  • Monica Beeferman: Intracellular crosstalk in protein aggregation of E. coli cells: An examination of the proteostasis network.
  • Jessy Lin: Top-Down and Bottom-up interaction in spoken word recognition.

Great Neck South High School

  • Robbin Jang: Synthesis and Observations of Novel- Acetyl- CoA Carboxylase inhibitors: Precursors to Bivalent compounds. •
  • Jay Zussman: Zip1 C-terminal phosphorylation promotes Zip1-Sgs1 interaction in meiotic cells.

Herricks High School

  • Abhinav Arunabh Talwar: Evaluating the capacity to generate and preserve nitric oxide bioactivity in earthworm erythrocurourin: A giant polymeric hemoglobin with potential blood substitute properties.
  • Jim Tse: The effects of biomechanical dosage on osteoarthritis knee bracing using a novel total knee replacement prosthesis (e-tibia) to measure compressive joint forces in vivo.

Mineola High School

  • Monika Dharia: Evaluating the Estrogenicity, androgenicity, and toxicity of urban-use pesticides using a saccharomyces erevisiae Bioluminescent reporter system.

Roslyn High School

  • David Jaslow:  Saving for the Good Life: A study of how to increase savings for retirement.”
  • Rachel Lauren Mintz:  In vitro protection of renal cells by alternative formulations of magnesium: A potential method to abate cisplatin-mediated acute kidney injury.
  • Jordan Rosen: Get Smart: An examination of intelligence beliefs of elementary teachers and students.
  • Tiffany Sun: The Effect of SES, Beauty, and disability in the trolley problem.

The Wheatley School

  • Arjun Kapoor: The construction of low entropy quasi-optimal interconnection network topologies.
  • Kuan Yu: Purification, assessment, and structural analysis of anti-oxidative compounds from the mushroom hericium erinaceus, which mitigates rotenone-induced Parkinson’s disease.

(Front Row, from L to R): Typher Yom, Emma Jing Dong, Tiffany Sun, David Michael Jaslow, Robbin Jang, Abhinav Arunabh Talwar, Rachel Lauren Mintz, Tim Tse, Monica Beeferman, Jessy Lin, and Monika Dharia. Back row (from L to R): Councilman Ferrara, Councilwoman Kaplan, Councilman Zuckerman, Supervisor Bosworth, Town Clerk Wink, Councilwoman Seeman, Councilwoman Russell, and Councilwoman De Giorgio.


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