The semifinalists for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search were announced at 7 am this morning. Lauren Perry, a Wheatley senior, was among the 300 students nationwide given this prestigious distinction. Lauren performed her research this past summer at Boston University under the mentorship of Dr. Darren Roblyer of the biomedical engineering department. Her project titled “Realistic tissue-simulating solid hemoglobin-containing PVA phantoms for optical spectroscopy” involved producing an artificial polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) substrate that contains hemoglobin and simulates human breast tissue, for the use in developing a lower-cost and portable form of cancer detection equipment that utilizes diffuse optical spectroscopy.
Lauren has been part of Wheatley’s Science Research program for four years and has completed two mentored research projects at different universities. In the summer of 2012, she travelled to UC-Santa Barbara to do a project on the evaluation of sound compression techniques. Congratulations to Lauren for her fine work, and thanks to Mr. Thomas Van Bell (Wheatley’s Science Research Coordinator) for his efforts with the program!
(Thanks to Thomas Van Bell for the text and Susan Checkla for the photo.)