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Partnership for Scientific Enquiry students recognized at 2011 Intel fair

Several current students and program alumni from the Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI) outreach program at OHSU competed at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held in May in Los Angeles, Calif. The following three students in the class of 2011 earned awards:

Naomi Shah (Sunset High School) earned a First Award in the Environment Sciences category for her project, “An Experimental Study of the Impact of Airborne Pollutants on the Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF) Rate of Asthmatic Subjects PLUS A Novel Risk Assessment Model to Predict the Adverse Effect of PM10 and TVOCs.” Ms. Shah is currently working with David Lewinsohn, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, and will be conducting research in his laboratory this summer.

Meghana Rao (Jesuit High School) earned a Second Award in the Environmental Management category for her project, “Biochar Carbon Sequestration: The Effects of Feedstock and Temperature of Pyrolysis on Chemical and Physical Stability of Biochar.” Ms. Rao is currently mentored by Lawrence Sherman, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology.

Spencer Chang (West Linn High School) received a Third Award in the Microbiology section for his project, “Investigating Acyl-homoserine Lactone Based Quorum Sensing Dependency in Mucoid and Nonmucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Development.” Mr. Chang’s project was carried out in the laboratory of Ellen Lee, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology.

PSI has been teaching science and pairing students with OHSU faculty mentors since 1999. Click here for more information.

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