Manan and Brandon Named 2019 Regeneron Scholars!

On 9 January, Wheatley Seniors Manan Shukla and Brandon Zhu were named scholars in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search!

In 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor (after Westinghouse and Intel) of the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. As part of its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually to better reward the best and brightest young minds. Founded and led by two Science Talent Search alumni, Regeneron recognizes and prioritizes the need to inspire more young people to engage in science.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,964 applications, which were received from 601 high schools in 48 states, two U.S. territories and eligible students living in seven other countries. The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. This year, research projects cover topics from bioengineering to environmental science to physics.

Manan’s project, “Creating Affordable and Objective Healthcare Solutions Using IoT and Cloud Technology,” was created in response to a problem he identified in the current health care system: physicians cannot treat their patients effectively because they lack accurate patient information to make proper decisions. This manifests itself in particular with patients who do not accurately report their medication intake. As a result, Manan created a smart pill dispenser that uses IoT cloud connectivity to not only quantify patient behaviors and determine medication usage but can also send this information to their physician so that patient treatment is based on objective data rather than inaccurate reporting. Manan’s project was highlighted earlier this year in this blog. You can read about it through this link.

Brandon’s project, “Efficient Zero-Knowledge Using Garbled Circuits Under the Plain Model,” was designed in response to the reality that our online security is constantly at risk of data breaches. To tackle this, Brandon created a secure encryption protocol based on cutting-edge techniques, such as commitment schemes and zero knowledge, that maintains security regardless of an attacker’s computational power. This enhanced protocol preserves full security without detrimental assumptions such as non-malleability and has even been tested to run more efficiently than less-perfect protocols.

On January 23, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists.

You can read Newsday’s coverage of Long Island’s scholars through this link: Regeneron Scholars Newsday 9Jan19

You can view all of the 300 Regeneron Scholars here: STS 2019 Scholar Book

Congratulations Manan and Brandon!

 

John Li Named a Regeneron Scholar!

On 9 January, Wheatley Senior John Li was named a scholar in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search!

In 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor (after Westinghouse and Intel) of the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. As part of its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually to better reward the best and brightest young minds. Founded and led by two Science Talent Search alumni, Regeneron recognizes and prioritizes the need to inspire more young people to engage in science.

The 300 Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,818 applicants from 555 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico and six American and international high schools overseas.  The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.

John’s project, “Three Efficient Inventions That Work Together to Reduce the Time and Cost of Automobile Transmission Fluid and Filter Changes by 3/4th,” looked at streamlining the current procedures for changing transmission fluid and filters.  The proposed three inventions work in conjunction to reduce cost and time for not only the consumer but the automobile industries as well.

John’s project summary is as follows:

Transmission fluid and filter changes usually cost greater than two hundred dollars and require an hour. Inefficient design makes these common maintenance procedures expensive and slow because of many unnecessary steps. Car owners have to wait a long time for maintenance and also pay high labor costs. These problems are solved by a combination of three inventions that are very simple for car manufacturers to adopt. The three inventions work together to make transmission fluid and filter changes fast, inexpensive, and mess-free. It is estimated that transmission fluid and filter changes will only cost 55 dollars and require 12 minutes, resulting in a 3/4th reduction in time and cost for car owners.

On January 23, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists.

You can read Newsday’s coverage of Long Island’s scholars through this link: Regeneron Scholars_Newsday_10Jan18

Congratulations John!

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Krista Chen Recognized by Town of North Hempstead!

Last night, the Town of North Hempstead recognized Krista Chen for earning status as an Intel Semi-finalist! In a lovely ceremony, Krista had an opportunity to present an brief overview of her research to the community. She was then presented with a Recognition Certificate from the town.

Once again, congratulations to Krista for her work, and thanks again to our Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage, for her work with Krista and all of our students.

Krista Chen Named an Intel Semifinalist!

Yesterday, Wheatley senior Krista Chen was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.  This rigorous competition, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, recognizes the most promising young scientists and awards them for their innovative science research. Of the more than 1800 applicants, Krista was among 300 semifinalists nationwide. She was one of 44 Long Island semifinalists!
Krista’s study, “Novel Combination Chemotherapy Targeting Cancer Stem Cells with a Tumor Targeted Drug Delivery System Potentiated by Natural Remedies, EGCG and/or Curcuminm,” utilized a biotin-linked taxoid or tumor-targeting drug designed to specifically attack cancer stem cells through the detection of certain biomarkers, effectively decreasing systemic toxicity usually associated with conventional chemotherapy. In addition, she provided an approach using combination chemotherapy with natural remedies EGCG and curcumin that could potentiate the drug while minimizing required dosages and adverse effects.
Krista conducted her research through the Simons Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Dr. Iwao Ojima.

Congratulations to Krista, and a huge “Thank You” for the support of our Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage!

[Thanks to Ms. Blondrage for the write-up!]

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Arjun and Kuan Named Intel Semifinalists!

Earlier today, two Wheatley seniors, Arjun Kapoor and Kuan Yu, were named semifinalists for the INTEL Student Talent Search. This rigorous competition, a program of Society for Science and the Public, recognizes the most promising young scientists and awards them for their innovative science research. Of the over 1800 applicants, Kuan and Arjun were among 300 semifinalists nationwide — with 43 of them being Long Island students.

Arjun’s project “The Construction of Low Entropy Quasi-Optimal Interconnection Network Topologies” was completed at Stony Brook University, under the supervision of Dr. Yuefan Deng.

Kuan conducted his work with Dr. Zhu at the Neuroscience Research Institute at SUNY at Old Westbury on the “Purification, Assessment, and Structural Analysis of Anti-Oxidative Compounds from the Mushroom Hericium erinaceus that Mitigate Rotenone Induced Parkinson’s Disease”.

A well-deserved congratulations to Kuan and Arjun on all of your hard work and continued success! Thank you as well to Alexis Blondrage, our Science Research Coordinator!

(Thanks to Ms. Blondrage for the write-up!)

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Ms. Bolondrage poses with Kuan and Arjun

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Ms. Blondrage and Mr. Casamento pose with Kuan and Arjun

Lauren Perry Recognized by Town of @NorthHempstead

Last month, Lauren Perry (Class of 2014) was recognized as a Semifinalist in the Intel Science and Talent Search. This is a tremendous accomplishment, one that deserves recognition at multiple levels. On Tuesday, Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the elected officials of the Town of North Hempstead formally recognized Lauren for her accomplishments. After a brief reception, each of the Semifinalists within the Town of North Hempstead were invited to explain their research and receive a certificate of recognition.

Once again, congratulations to Lauren and all of the accomplished students!

Update: You can view the Town’s press release here: http://goo.gl/rKH3mQ

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Lauren Perry Celebrated by EWSD BOE!

At January’s Board of Education meeting, Lauren Perry, a member of the Class of 2014, was formally recognized for the research that  enabled her to be named an Intel Semi Finalist earlier this month. Introduced by Mr. Casamento, our District Director of Science and Technology, Lauren proceeded to give a brief overview of her impressive research, which she undertook at Boston University. Congratulations to Lauren! Thanks to Wheatley’s Science Research Coordinator, Thomas Van Bell!

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Mr. Casamento introduces Lauren.

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Lauren Perry gives an overview of her research to the audience.