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North Hempstead Honors 10 Local Intel Semifinalists

March 3, 2016
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North Hempstead Honors 10 Local Intel Semifinalists

North Hempstead, NY – The Town of North Hempstead continued its tradition of honoring semifinalists from the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) during a ceremony before the regular Town Board meeting at Town Hall on February 23. The Intel STS is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors and requires students to present original research to nationally recognized scientists.

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board honored 10 semifinalists from eight North Hempstead schools. This accounts for more than three percent of the 300 semifinalists nationwide. Honorees came from Herricks High School, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck North High School, Paul D. Schreiber High School, Roslyn High School and The Wheatley School.

Dozens of proud family members, administration and faculty looked on as Supervisor Bosworth and the Town Board presented certificates of recognition to the extraordinary young students who also briefly explained their innovative projects.

“Tonight -- the Intel semifinalist ceremony -- is one of my favorite nights of the year as we have the opportunity to honor our brightest and most creative students in the Town of North Hempstead,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “Congratulations to all the students, and to the faculty, administration, and parents for all their support along the way.”

Paul D. Schreiber High School

E. Madeline Fagen with Advisor John Schineller, Principal Ira Pernick, and parents: Proinflammatory Cytokines, MicroRNAs, and B Cell Gene Usage: Identifying Novel Biomarkers of Immune Dysfunction in Schizophrenia

Emma Feldman with Advisor John Schineller and Principal Ira Pernick: Electrospun Hydrophobic Nanofibrous Membranes for Use in Membrane Distillation

Great Neck North High School

 Graelin Mandel: An fNIRS Comparison of Cross-brain Coherence during Spoken Dialogue and Text-based Chatting

Oliva Descorbeth: Social Class and Interpersonal Communication: fNIRS Hyperscanning Reveals Neural Differences during Dialogue Between Pairs of Individuals with Low and High Socioeconomic Disparities

Great Neck South High School

 Emily Bae: Determining the Contribution of Uropathogenic Proteus mirabilis Virulence-associated Fimbriae to in vitro Fitness

Herricks High School

 Vikram Krishnamoorthry, with Advisor Renee Barcia, and Principal Fino Celano : Analyzing the Anti-diabetic Effects of Trigonella foenum-graecum Using a Two Part Gene Expression Assay

Sabreen Bhuiya with Advisor Renee Barcia, and Principal Dr. Fino Celano: The Effects of Magnesium Deficiency on Placental Cell Oxidative Stress; Reversal by Magnesium Supplementation

Ayesha Chhugani with Advisor Renee Barcia, and Principal Dr. Fino Celano: A Novel Magnetic Field Trap Using Superconductors for Transporting Polarized Ions for Medical Imaging

Roslyn High School

Nathan Yang with Superintendent Gerard Dempsey: The Single Stigma: Investigating the Perceptions of Single Parents Based on Gender and Way of Becoming Single

The Wheatley School

 Krista Chen: Novel Combination Chemotherapy Targeting Cancer Stem Cells with a Tumor Targeted Drug Delivery System Potentiated by Natural Remedies, EGCG and/or Curcumin


   (Front Row, from L to R): Vikram Krishnamoorthry, Nathan Yang, Sabreen Bhuiya, Ayesha Chhugani, Graelin Mandel, Emily Bae, E. Madeline Fagen, and Emma Feldman. Back row (from L to R): Council Member Angelo Ferrara, Council Member Peter Zuckerman, Council Member Anna Kaplan, Council Member Viviana Russell, Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Council Member Lee Seeman, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Council Member Dina De Giorgio, and Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman.

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