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IEEE IMS/CSS   Oregon Virtual World Symposium, Call for abstracts!

The IEEE OREGON SECTION chapters of the IMS and CSS are sponsoring a symposium on Friday 4pm to 11pm, 11 March 2011 on the topic of Virtual Social Environments etc.  as described at:

Become a Category Sponsor

We are seeking sponsors for $50 first place category awards at the Intel Northwest Science Expo. Please look at the Category Sponsors List for available categories. Individuals, Organizations or Businesses can be Category Sponsors. 

Big Thanks to Volunteer Mentors

We would like to thank the volunteer mentors who are now working for increased access to PPSSE for our students.

They are;

Sandy Shulmire-Cleveland

Matt Stewart-Grant

Barbara Bagg-MLC

Amy Henry-Jefferson and Marshall

Joshua Zeller-Franklin

Tristan Wagner-Wilson

Alan Ames-Lincoln

Tim Kniser-Benson

Renee Pike-Roosevelt

Karen Tonsfeldt will mentor projects in psychology, neurology or zoology.  She will be available after December 8.

Please contact me if you are a student at any of these schools and would like to get in touch with your mentor for help with paperwork, topic selection, etc.

If you are interested in the Natural Science Inquiry online course through PSU the deadline to register is fast approaching. (November 15th)

Adult sponsors and students please register as soon as possible.


Nancy Lapotin

503.916.5404 x71028


Team OR Member Laurie Rumker Participates in White House Science Fair

The latest newsletter from Society for Science and the Public, the organization that oversees the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair each year, highlights Team Oregon member Laurie Rumker's participation in the first ever science fair held at the White House.

Read all about it.

Laurie is a student at Oregon Episcopal School, and progressed to Intel ISEF in 2009 and 2010 through the Aardvark Science Expo. This past May she won First in the Environmental Science category at Intel ISEF, in addition to a scholarship from the Office of Naval Research, a scholarship to the Florida Institute of Technology and a scholarship to the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Earn College Credit for Your Science Research

Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to earn 4 college credits from Portland State University for meeting specific benchmarks with their research projects. The instructor of this HS Natural Science Inquiry course is Kate Norton.  Look at the accompanying documents for more information.

Regional fair changes: HDSE, SORSE and ASE

Welcome High Desert Science Expo
We welcome a new fair to the Northwest Science Expo System this year: the High Desert Science Expo to be held in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The new fair will serve high school students from the entire eastern half of the state, concentrating in Deschutes and surrounding counties. The new fair director for HDSE is Tom Stueve.

Tom holds a MS in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from OHSU. Currently teaching at Trinity Lutheran High School, he has been teaching science for 15 years, 11 of those years spent in Portland area high schools. Tom created the Senior Level Course Research in Medicine for the biotechnology magnet program at Jefferson High School. He also teaches laboratory methods using PCR, DNA electrophorisis, and protein purification.

PPSSE Hosts Mentor Meeting - Oct. 13, 4-6pm

A message from PPSSE Fair Director Nancy Lapotin:

It is time to gear up for PPSSE, which will be at Benson High School on March 10, 2011.

We will be holding a meeting for all mentors and prospective adult sponsors on October 13, 2010 from 4-6 at Rice. We are working on getting a cadre of mentors to work with students to help lighten the load for PPS Science teachers and to make PPSSE equitably accessible to all PPS students. You are all cordially invited and we would love your help with this.

If you know any parents or community members who would like to help mentor a student or two with a science project and the paperwork required for the fair, please pass this along to them.

This is an excellent opportunity for TAG extension for your students.

We welcome any PPS HS student who is interested in doing a Science Research Project to be involved.

Please feel free to pass my email address on to anyone you think might be interested in this. We plan on having an all district meeting for students interested in doing projects soon after the mentor meeting.

There is a flyer attached!!!!!!! Please help me spread the word.

Intel Celebrates Team Oregon With Special Event

A message from NWSES Executive Director Linda Mantel:

Team Oregon Members with Representative David WuDate: August 17, 2010
Time: 12 noon
Place: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Who was there?
   Team Oregon students!! Spencer, Kevin, Marcus, Alex, Priyam, Laurie, Akash, Avilash, Matt, Kalia, Nathaniel, Ann, Annelise, Amy, Jing, Andrei, Hari, Matthew...
   Our hosts, Intel! Morgan Anderson, Bill McCarthy
   Keynote speaker, Congressman David Wu!
   Parents and Teachers!
   City and state politicos, educational leaders!
   NWSES Fair Directors and supporters!
And what was this about?

The People Agree... Oregon Rocks!

Matt and AkashVoting is closed and the People's Choice award winner at Intel ISEF is our own Team Oregon project "The Classification and Recognition of Emotions in Prerecorded Speech" by Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez of Oregon Episcopal High School.

Read more about it at Intel's Inspired By Education blog.

Also read what the People's Choice winners had to say about being chosen.

Congratulations Matt and Akash!

2011 Intel Northwest Science Expo will be April 1, 2011.

We also have 2 important changes for middle school. The per school project limit is now 18 instead of 20. Also Chemistry and Earth has been split into two categories.

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