Lab to welcome Intel science fair winners

Linda A Lucchetti, LLNL, (925) 422-5815, lucchetti1@llnl.gov

From left: Blake Marggraff and Matthew Feddersen with their
winning project.
Credit: Intel/Chris Ayers

Can you significantly increase the death rate of (simulated) cancer cells by using imbedded tin particles to produce Compton-scattered, localized, secondary X-rays?

The two young scientists who addressed this question for a student project that took them from the Contra Costa Science and Engineering Fair to Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) will visit the Lab Friday, July 22.

Matthew Fedderson, 17, and Blake Marggraff, 18, seniors from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Calif., captured the prestigious Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO, at the 2011 ISEF held in Los Angeles in May.

The pair will be at the Lab to meet scientists and take tours of facilities including the Terascale Simulation Facility, the National Ignition Facility and the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. They will be joined by the 2011 Lab-sponsored Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair (TVSEF) sweepstakes winners Christina Ren and Ray Zhou.

Ren of Monte Vista High School, won for "Ways to Enhance Cell Regeneration," a project that has practical applications for treating military wounds that also gained her an award by the U.S. Army at this year's ISEF.

Zhou of Amador Valley High School won for "Near-infrared Light Biostimulation: A Novel Approach to the Optimization of Industrial Biosynthesis." The project could prove beneficial as a cost-effective way to accelerate biosynthesis of drugs and vaccines.

"The Lab always encourages young scientists in the Bay Area and we are pleased to see how successful these projects have been," said TVSEF Director Nadine Horner, about the upcoming visit.

Employees are welcome to meet the young scientists and attend the student project discussions during an informal presentation scheduled for noon, Friday, July 22, in the Bldg. 361 auditorium.

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