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Talent search selects student researchers

They're from here and there, having done this and that very well. The word "diversity" aptly describes the winners of the 47th Annual Science Talent Search -- 40 U.S. high school seniors whose projects range from robotics to plant disease, particle physics to embryonic development in endangered turtles.

Among the winning projects, chosen from 1,339 entries, are several studies of number theories and of the rearrangement of genetic material during aging and leukemia. Other students took a more product-oriented approach: designing a gauge to measure the velocity of raindrops, building a portable device to detect carbon monoxide and using a household back massager to produce vibrations that repel termites. There also were projects that combined a favorite nonacademic interest with science: A prize-winning sailor found that using an air-bubble machine can reduce drag on the bottom of certain marine craft, and a musician created a model of the sound fields generated by a violin.

Some students went to distant sites to conduct their research; others stayed in the laboratory or near a computer. For example, there were field studies on Panamanian tamarin monkeys and on the glacial valleys of northwestern Montana, as well as a study of the effect of magnetic fields on particle density in hot gases. There were experiments on the very large, like the star 27 Cygnus, and the very small. Biology-based projects peered into the molecular-level world of antibody production in AIDS patients and the measurement of herbicide residues on food.

The 24 boys and 16 girls will participate in this year's session of the five-day Science Talent Insitute, beginning Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C. The students will compete for $140,000 in scholarships and awards provided by Westinghouse Electric Corporation and the Westinghouse Foundation. Science Service, Inc., of Washington, D.C., administers the competition, an annual event designed to identify and encourage talented students with scientific or engineering interests. There will be a public exhibit of the 40 projects Feb. 27 and 28 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

This year's winners, aged 16 to 18, are:

ALABAMA: Terry Kay Moore, Mobile County H.S., Grand Bay.

CALIFORNIA: Christine Cha Ming Tsou, Alhambra H.S., Alhambra; Scott William Ryder, Edison H.S., Fresno; Hong B. Huynh, Hoover H.S., San Diego.

FLORIDA: Elizabeth Ann Deibler, Choctawhatchee H.S., Fort Walton Beach; Stacey Ellen Beaulieu, Palm Beach Gardens H.S., Palm Beach Gardens; Scott David Zucker, South Plantation H.S., Plantation.

GEORGIA: Brian Casey Hooker, Benjamin E. Mays H.S., Atlanta.

ILLINOIS: Benjamin S. Abella, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools H.S., Chicago; Meredith Ann Albrecht, Evanston Township H.S., Evanston.

IOWA: Todd Lucas Duncan, Bettendorf H.S., Bettendorf.

MASSACHUSETTS: Michele Gilbert, North Andover H.S., North Andover; Leonardo Hsu, Dartmouth H.S., North Dartmouth.

MICHIGAN: Keith David Matthews, Huron H.S., Ann Arbor.

NEW JERSEY: David Aaron Cooke, Midland Park H.S., Midland Park.

NEW YORK: Mina Choi, Benjamin N. Cardozo H.S., Bayside; Hsin-Chao Liao, Brooklyn Technical H.S., Brooklyn; James Paul Mancuso, Lawrence H.S., Cedarhurst; Brian David Conrad, Centereach H.S., Centereach; Dana Susan Levine, Townsend Harris H.S., Flushing; Ali Reza Alaie and Eduardo Martin Chumbes, William C. Bryant H.S., Long Island City; Sally Joanne Kim, Sheeyun Park and Weiva Yu Sieh, Bronx H.S. of Science, New York; Brian Lee Zuckerman, Ramaz Upper School, New York; Mohamad Shahan Ali, Aurika Wanda Checinska, Meivile Chen, Chetan Nayak and Janet Tseng, Stuyvesant H.S., New York.

OHIO: Nabeel Shirazi, Beavercreek H.S., Xenia.

OKLAHOMA: Richard Mark Legrand, Edmond Memorial H.S., Edmond.

PENNSYLVANIA: Kurt Marshall Cuffey, State College Area Senior H.S., State College.

TEXAS: Karl Andrew Rodoriguez, John Marshall H.S., San Antonio.

UTAH: Shu-Ming Chang, Clearfield H.S., Clearfield.

VIRGINIA: Jason Christopher Reed, Kecoughtan H.S., Hampton; Lucy Erin O'brien and Vijay Satyanand Pande, Langley H.S., McLean.

WISCONSIN: Aileen Louise Green, James Madison Memorial H.S., Madison.
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Date:Jan 23, 1988
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