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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Eight FCPS Students Named Intel Semifinalists

            Eight students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have been named semifinalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. The students, with their project names in italics, are:
  • Jake Cui of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), A Machine Learning Approach to Identifying Ordered Binding Regions on Order-disorder Protein Interfaces.
  • Tarun Kamath of TJHSST, Marked Decreases in Pediatric and Young Adult Solid Organ Cancer Mortality in the United States Since 1940:  Analysis and Hypotheses.
  •  Ava Lakmazaheri of TJHSST, Brain-actuated Robotics:  A Logic-based Approach for Multimodal Programming and Operation of Assistive Humanoid Robots.
  • Austin Mills of TJHSST, Demonstrating the Development of Heavy Metal Resistance in Non-tolerant Multigenerational Brassica rapa.
  • Kunal Shroff of TJHSST, The Relationship Between Lethality and Genomic Instability in Euploid and Aneuploid Yeast Cells Expressing Pathological Huntingtin.
  • Matthew Sun of TJHSST, Hyperacute Temporal Resolution with a Neural Population for Biologically Plausible Firing Rate Change Detection.
  • Jason Wei of TJHSST, Improving Lateral Flow Immunoassay Sensitivity by a Palladium-catalyzed Dye Reaction.
  • Michael You of TJHSST, Two-degree-of-freedom Bubble Oscillations in Elastic Vessels and its Application in Sonar-induced Marine Mammal Injuries.
The 300 semifinalists were chosen from more than 1,750 entrants and will receive matching awards of $1,000 along with their school. 
            This is the 75th year of the Science Talent Search, which Intel has sponsored since 1998, providing $1.6 million in awards and scholarships to contestants.  More information about the competition can be found online.
Note:  For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.