Thank you for a Wonderful Fair!

Thank you to all the students, teachers, parents, judges, volunteers and staff who made the Intel Northwest Science Expo such a success.

Here is a copy of our press release, I will be posting full results by Monday.

The Intel Northwest Science Expo, held Friday, April 1, 2011 at Portland State University, announces top winners in Oregon's state-level science research competition affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Intel NWSE includes both a middle school and high school division. The two divisions included 525 projects from 70 schools and organizations across the state. Two best of fair winners were chosen from each division.

    * Peter Graham, 13, in grade 8 from Summa Academy South won Best of Fair in the middle school division with a project titled, "Measuring the Response of Ferrofluids to an Exterior Magnetic Field".
    * Kyra Patton, 13, in grade 8 from Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School won Best of Fair in the middle school division with a project titled, "Drosophila Diet".
    * Aishwarya Vardhana, 16, in grade 11 from Jesuit High School won Best of Fair in the high school division with a project titled, "A Novel Method for Factorization of Semiprimes using Weierstrass and Edwards Elliptic Curves Stage 2".
    * Spencer Chang, 16, in grade 11 from West Linn High School won Best of Fair in the high school division with a project titled, "Investigating Acyl-homoserine Lactone Based Quorum Sensing Dependency in Mucoid and Nonmucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Development".

In the high school division, six projects were chosen as Intel ISEF finalists. These finalists win an expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, California, in May 2011, to compete at the international level, during the Society for Science and the Public organized event, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

    * Vighnesh Shiv, 17, in grade 12 from Catlin Gabel School was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist with a project titled, "Novel Algorithms for Automatic Music Transcription".
    * Yamini Naidu, 16, in grade 10 from Valley Catholic High School was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist with a project titled, "From Models to Medications:Identification of Medication Leads for Treating Methamphetamine Addiction Through Computer Modeling and Cell Culture Assays".
    * Forrest Betton, 17, in grade 12 from Merlo Station High School and Eric Thomas, 18, in grade 12 from Merlo Station High School and Demitri Hopkins, 17, in grade 12 from Merlo Station High School was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist with a project titled, "Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Focused with Electrostatic Focusing Lenses".
    * Savannah Tobin, 16, in grade 10 from West Salem High School was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist with a project titled, "The Territorial Roaming Patterns of Felis Catus (The Domestic Cat)".
    * Teja Reddy, 17, in grade 12 from Merlo Station High School was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist with a project titled, "Is SS31 a potential therapeutic target for Alzheimer's disease?".
    * Kelly Carson, 16, in grade 11 from Oregon Episcopal School was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist with a project titled, "Evaluation of margining algorithms in commercial treatment planning systems for tumor volumes typical in stereotactic body radiotherapy and radiosurgery".

Joining the finalists from Intel NWSE will be the best projects from each of the seven regional fairs in the Northwest Science Expo System. The group of about 30 students, collectively referred to as Team OR, will represent the entire state at Intel ISEF against international competition in science, engineering and mathematics.

    * Tori Graf, 16, in grade 11 from Hillsboro High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Beaverton-Hillsboro Science Expo with a project titled, "The Effects of Lecithin on the Nutritional Behavior of Caenorhabditis elegans (wild strand, dpy-11 strand and bli-1 strand)".
    * Sara Hays, 16, in grade 11 from Sunset High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Beaverton-Hillsboro Science Expo with a project titled, "Improved Root Canal Therapy: Is There a Synergistic Effect When Bioactive Glass and Chlorhexidine Are Combined?".
    * Naomi Shah, 15, in grade 10 from Sunset High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Beaverton-Hillsboro Science Expo with a project titled, "An Experimental Study of the Impact of Airborne Pollutants on the Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF) Rate of Asthmatic Subjects plus".
    * Brian Graham, 16, in grade 11 from Southridge High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Beaverton-Hillsboro Science Expo with a project titled, "The Effect of Tracking Error on the Measurement Exoplanet Light Curves".
    * Markus Woltjer, 16, in grade 10 from Wilsonville High School qualified for Intel ISEF at CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium with a project titled, "A Creative Solution for Division by Zero".
    * Spencer Chang, 16, in grade 11 from West Linn High School qualified for Intel ISEF at CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium with a project titled, "Investigating Acyl-homoserine Lactone Based Quorum Sensing Dependency in Mucoid and Nonmucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Development".
    * Ann Bernert, 18, in grade 12 from West Linn High School qualified for Intel ISEF at CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium with a project titled, "Rubus armeniacus Endophytes: Implications for and applications to biological control".
    * Akash Krishnan, 16, in grade 11 from Oregon Episcopal School and Matthew Fernandez, 17, in grade 11 from Oregon Episcopal School qualified for Intel ISEF at Aardvark Science Expo with a project titled, "The Multimodal Real-Time Recognition of Emotion in Human Speech".
    * Laurie Rumker, 17, in grade 12 from Oregon Episcopal School qualified for Intel ISEF at Aardvark Science Expo with a project titled, "Effect of Culture Axenicity on Prochlorococcus Phage Infection Kinetics".
    * Ayush Gupta, 17, in grade 11 from Oregon Episcopal School qualified for Intel ISEF at Aardvark Science Expo with a project titled, "Creating Porous TiO2 Nanoparticles to Improve the Charge Carrier Efficiency of Photoelectrochemical Cells".
    * Irene Peaks, 15, in grade 10 from Bend Science Station qualified for Intel ISEF at High Desert Science Expo with a project titled, "The Effect of Heated and Unheated Aspartame on Vanessa cardui Growth and Survivorship".
    * Jacob Waggoner, 17, in grade 11 from Bend Science Station and Huawei Zhou, 17, in grade 12 from Bend Science Station qualified for Intel ISEF at High Desert Science Expo with a project titled, "Electromagnetic In-line Generator".
    * Joseph Meyer, 17, in grade 12 from Tillamook High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Central Western Oregon Science Expo with a project titled, "The Reduction of Ammonia from Combusted Chicken Litter through the Addition of Nitrogen Oxides from Combusted Lumber Mill Hog Fuel".
    * Heidi Wade, 16, in grade 11 from Crescent Valley High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Central Western Oregon Science Expo with a project titled, "Biological Control of Meloidogyne chitwoodi: Host Status and Paecilomyces lilacinus Fungal Parasitization".
    * Annelise Cummings, 15, in grade 10 from Cleveland High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Portland Public Schools Science Expo with a project titled, "It is all about me (and Glee): A Language Analysis of Pronoun Usage and Emotional Content in Popular Songs".
    * Alexander Harding, 16, in grade 10 from Cleveland High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Portland Public Schools Science Expo with a project titled, "VIFIT: An open source program to evaluate potentially seizure-inducing media".
    * Aishwarya Vardhana, 16, in grade 11 from Jesuit High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Gresham-Barlow Science Expo with a project titled, "A Novel Method for Factorization of Semiprimes using Weierstrass and Edwards Elliptic Curves Stage 2".
    * Meghana Rao, 15, in grade 9 from Jesuit High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Gresham-Barlow Science Expo with a project titled, "Biochar Carbon Sequestration: A Study on the Effects of Temperature and Methods of Production on the Stability of Different Chars".
    * Arianne Melton, 15, in grade 9 from Gresham High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Gresham-Barlow Science Expo with a project titled, "The effect of theatre arts participation on academic success".

Nearly 300 volunteer judges spent the day interviewing high school and middle school student researchers. The event is sponsored by Intel Corporation, Portland State University, Genentech in addition to many individual contributions. Team OR is supported by NWSES sponsors Applied Materials, McGeady Family Foundation and Synopsis. Donations are still being accepted to help cover the group's travel expenses, lodging and registration fees. Please contact NWSES Executive Director Linda Mantel at mantelh@pdx.edu or by phone at 503-725-4221 for more information.

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