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Intel STS Finalists Announced

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The 40 finalists for the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search have been announced with half a dozen local students among those named:

Samuel Epstein, John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore, NY

Kalia Firester, from Hunter College High School, New York, NY

Ien Li, Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, NY

Scott Massa, Commack High School, Commack, NY

Tiffany Sun, Roslyn High School, Roslyn Heights, NY

Crystal Zheng, Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, NY

They will attend the finals in Washington, D.C. March 5-11, displaying their work to the public and competing for over $1 million in prizes.

Morgan DiCarlo Named 'New Face of Civil Engineering'

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Morgan DiCarlo has been selected as one of 10 honoress by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as a "New Face of Civil Engineering: College Edition."  This recognition serves to highlight young engineering leaders who will drive change in the civil engineering profession.

Ms. DiCarlo was involved in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program at Stony Brook University and currently sits on the STEM Advisory Board at the Intrepid Museum, as well as being the founder and president of the ASCE Stony Brook Student Chapter.

Cold Spring Harbor Scientists Shine Light on Cancer

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Local scientists led by Dr. Dave Tuveson (a professor at Cold Spring Harbor, research director at the Lustgarten Foundation and staff member at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) have developed miniature pancreatic organoids which can be used to better study and understand pancreatic cancer.

The organoids, three-dimensional organ buds cultivated from stem cells, fall under the area of regenerative biology and offer researchers more exact models of pancreatic tissue.  This allows them to create and study healthy and diseased organoids, following the cancer's progression and looking at ways to treat it.

Learn more about Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's organoid work.

Neuroscience Research Prize Finalists

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Monica Lee and Deepti Mahajan, two Herricks High School seniors, have been named finalists in the 2015 Neuroscience Research Prize competition sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and Child Neurology Society.

They are among 16 nationwide finalists who are competing for four slots to win a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to present their research at the annual conferences being held this spring in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about Monica and Deepti's projects in New Hyde Park Illustrated's article.

Local Scientists Build a Better Battery

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Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University scientists have discovered that utilizing silver can improve batteries.  The team has been studying the experimental technology since 2009, trying to understand how the silver (one of the most conductive elements) reacted within the battery.  Using a special X-ray machine (the National Synchrotron Light Source) they determined that when the battery generated energy at a slower rate, the silver ions created a stronger bond, making the battery more powerful.

Read Brookhaven National Laboratory's article to learn more about this exciting new technology.