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UI hosts Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Feb. 19-20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- (Student name) of (hometown/high school) will present a paper titled (title of presentation) at the 37th annual Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Feb. 19-20 at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Holiday Inn.

The symposium, featuring 16 student research presentations, is being held by the Iowa Secondary Student Training Office for some 250 Iowa high school students and 30 teachers. Symposium keynote speakers will be Jeffrey Murray, professor of pediatrics in the UI College of Medicine, who will speak on "Human Genetics ­ Challenges for Science and Ethics"; C. Marvin Lang, professor of chemistry, University of Wisconsin, speaking on "The Elements of Leadership ­ Chemical Demonstrations with a Theme"; and Michael Burke, UI junior majoring in industrial engineering, who will address, "Looking Toward College and Beyond."

Student participants will tour UI science research laboratories where presentations are planned in biomedical engineering, the biological sciences, chemical and biochemical engineering, computer science, dental research, hydraulic engineering, physics and astronomy and many other areas. The symposium is coordinated by the UI in cooperation with the U.S. Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Academy of Applied Science, Inc.


EDITOR: Student presenters are listed alphabetically by hometown.

ALGONA: Carl Clark, Algona High, The Imperfect Tree: Utilization of Canker; Mark Scuffham,
Algona High, Color > Phytochrome and Bean Yield.
CEDAR RAPIDS: Erika Sorensen, Washington High School, Phytoremediation of Lead.
DAVENPORT: Jennifer Ray, Davenport Central High, Effects of Chlorhexidine and Cupric
Acetate on Streptococcus mutan Biofilm; Allison Schebler, Davenport Central
High, The Effects of Acidity on Plant Pathogen Resistance.
DES MOINES: Eustace Spaine, Dowling High, Determination of the Diffusion Coefficient of
Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) in Aqueous Media.
ELGIN: Carol Fassbinder, Valley Community High, Perillyl Acetate and Other
Monoterpenoids as Possible Controls for the Varroa jacobsoni, a destructive
Honeybee Mite.
FARMINGTON: Blake Forsythe, Harmony High, Aeronautics ­ The Science of Flight.
FORT DODGE: Ashwin Srinivas, Fort Dodge High, Development of a Surface-Acoustic-Wave
Microsensor Array for the Detection of Perchloroethylene in Drinking Water.
IOWA CITY: Imelda Turner, Iowa City West High, Orbital Algorithm for Space Station Intercepts.
MANCHESTER: Gretchen McDowell, West Delaware High, Using Spectroscopy for Cancer
Diagnosis, of Colonic Tissue.
MONTROSE: Kaitlyn Dodd, Central Lee High, Chevron Phase II; Jason Weirather, Central
Lee High, Simulation and Comparison of Coded Digital Signals.
ORIENT: David Barnett, Orient-Macksburg Community High, Ions for Aircraft?
STUART: Anna Wilhelm, West Central High, Bacillus thuringiensis: Comparing
Effectiveness of Full-Length and Truncated CRY 1F Protein Toxin.
WEST DES MOINES: Katherine Ann Homan, Valley High, Analysis of the Crystallinity and Selectivity of Poly(vinyl alcohol) Membranes.