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Ossining Students Excel At International Science, Engineering Fair

Four Ossining students won awards at an international science competition.
Four Ossining students won awards at an international science competition. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. --  Four Ossining High School students who qualified for an all-expense paid trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles each won special awards at the competition last week.

The Science Research Program students were among about 1,800 finalists from 75 countries who competed for some of the most prestigious awards a young scientist can receive. ISEF, which is sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public, is the largest international pre-college science competition.

Sarah Hoffman received a $60,000 scholarship to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, should she choose to attend, for her project in the category of biomedical and health sciences. Her research, which she conducted at the Rockefeller University in New York City, investigated links between type 2 diabetes, gender, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Chinmai Deo received a third-place award in the cellular and molecular biology category from the American Physiological Society. His research on ear cells isolated fast adaptation, utilizing pentachloropseudilin to inhibit slow adaptation. By isolating fast adaptation, scientists will be able to make novel insights into the mechanisms behind hearing loss. He conducted his research at the Rockefeller University. Deo received $500 and a year’s subscription to a science journal.

Also in the cellular and molecular biology category, the team of Lior Raz-Farley and Michelle Zhang received an honorable mention from the American Statistical Association. They presented research on the significant effects of natural killer cell migration through the blood brain barrier may have on infantile spasms, a form of epilepsy. Two worked together at New York Medical College this past summer.

The students qualified for the trip when they competed in the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair in March. 

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