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High school students honored at annual science symposium
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five student presenters at the 37th Annual Iowa Junior
Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held Feb. 19-20 at the University
of Iowa earned a trip to the National JSHS in San Diego, Calif. and a $500
scholarship to the UI.
The symposium was hosted by the UI Secondary Student Training Office
for 280 Iowa high school students and teachers.
Carol Fassbinder of Valley Community Schools, Elgin, took first place
with her presentation, "Perillyl Acetate and Other Monoterpenoids
as Possible Controls for the Varroa jacobsoni, a Destructive Honeybee
Mite," earning a $4,000 scholarship to a college of her choice. She
will present her paper at the National JSHS to be held May 13-16. Fassbinder
will compete with 47 other student researchers for a chance to participate
at the World Symposium in London to receive either the London International
Youth Science Fortnight Award or Academy scholarships totaling more than
Fassbinder's science teacher, Marty Berda, will be awarded $500 to be
used for books, supplies or equipment.
The other finalists are: Ashwin Srinivas, Fort Dodge Senior High School,
who placed second with "Development of a Surface-Acoustic-Wave Microsensor
Array for the Detection of Perchloroethylene in Drinking Water"; and,
in alphabetical order, Katherine Ann Homan, West Des Moines Valley High
School, "Analysis of the Crystallinity and Selectivity of Poly(vinyl
alcohol) Membranes"; Imelda R. Turner, Iowa City West High School,
"Orbital Algorithm for Space Station Intercepts;" and Anna Wilhelm,
West Central High School of Stuart, "Bacillus Thuringiensis:
Comparing Effectiveness of Full-Length and Truncated CRY1F Protein Toxin."
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program has been held for
more than three decades by the U.S. Department of the Army, the Office
of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and by
the Academy of Applied Science, Inc.