JUNIOR ACADEMY NEWS

2017-2018 RTP STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Matthew Tang
Matthew Tang Northwood High School, Irvine, CA
Mentors: M Khine, M Chu, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
I started as a RTP student in my sophomore year and the experience has been invaluable. My adventure began with reading scientific papers, perusing faculty websites and emailing dozens of professors to see if they would accept a high school student. Fascinated with nanotechnology with application in medicine, I was thrilled to join Professor Michelle Khine’s biomedical lab at UC Irvine. I have developed two biomedical devices: a long-term wireless heart monitoring system by fabricating dry gold electrodes and a finger flexion glove using nanowrinkled strain sensors.

I am grateful for SCAS for the informative meetings on how to write a paper and make a poster presentation to sponsoring us to go to the national meetings. The AAAS/AJAS meetings are a truly an experience of a lifetime, meeting with peers from other parts of the country to leading scientists like Stephen Wolfram and renowned faculty at Breakfast with Scientists. It also opens up opportunity to present my project at other conferences such as Sigma Xi and Genius Olympiad. The projects have also been recognized by the American Vacuum Society and the Office of Naval Science Research. Besides the actual research itself, I have enjoyed conversations with my mentor and other graduate students in the lab as well as getting to fellow RTP students, making RTP one of the richest experiences of my high school years. I am grateful for SCAS for this opportunity which has inspired me to continue conducting research as early as my first year of college.


Armando Garcia

Armando Garcia
Francisco Bravo Medical, Los Angeles, CA
Mentor: Francesca Mariani, University of Southern California, CA
For my project, the mouse model will be used to resect a portion of rib bone, while retaining the periosteum inside the mouse, and transplanting perichondrial tissue into the region of resected bone. I want to know if the transplanted perichondrial cells will become incorporated into the bone repair in the resected portion of bone and if so, will the transplanted cells form cartilage or bone cells. When it comes to conducting research, I really enjoy it because I think it would be interesting to make new discoveries while conducting experiments. I find it thrilling to be a part of research and possibly be the first to discover something new. One thing I have greatly taken out of the RTP meetings has to been how to write a professional, scientific research paper. I have also learned how to make a scientific poster, along with how a professional researcher should present their project results and data.


Madeline De La Cruz

Madeline De La Cruz
Downey High School, Downey, CA
Mentor: Kiersten Darrow, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, CA
My research project is about discovering if jelly fish toxin has any negative effect on the process of fertilization for the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus). What I am doing is exposing the sperm of the urchins to different levels of jelly fish toxin. I mix the toxin solution with the sperm, then I allow the sperm to combine with the urchin eggs, inducing fertilization. After 45 minutes I look at the eggs under the microscope to observe and record how many eggs have been fertilized for each of the different toxin levels. I also look to see if the stages of fertilization have been disturbed for the eggs. Along the way I am learning that in real science, the results are not always going to be what you expected or predicted and that's okay. I'm really enjoying my time in the Aquatic Nursery Lab, the 5-6 hours I spent on Sundays go by very quickly because every minute there I am having fun! I love those sea urchins, specially the stubborn ones who don't want to cooperate and make me work longer. Another favorite part is feeding all the marine organisms, they have a way of thanking me by leaving behind their poop for me to clean. I like doing these odd jobs that most people wouldn't want to do.


2017 DELEGATES TO AJAS/AAAS MEETING IN BOSTON

Benjamin C. Liu
Arcadia High School, Arcadia, CA
Mentor: Robin Liu, RD Biosciences, Inc.
“An integrated Device for Sample Preparation, RNA Amplification, and Disease Diagnostics”

Matthew G. Tang
Northwood High School, Irvine, CA
Mentors: M Khine, M Chu, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
"Fabrication and Evaluation of Dry Electrodes in a Long-Term Wireless Heart Monitoring System"

Jennifer Choi
Oxford Academy, Cypress, CA
Mentors: Y.Li, C.W. Wong, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
“Entangling Time-Bin Qubits using an Optical Switch”

Sydney Marler currently attending Phillips Academy Boston, MA
E. Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA
Mentor: Jason Li, Asylum Research, Santa Barbara, CA
“Phosphorene Nanodevice for Next Generation Energy Harvesting and Electronics”

Uniss Tan
Walnut High School, Walnut, CA
Mentors: J. Burke, J. Yagoubian, S. Fuchs, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific; M. Peterfy, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
“Investigating the Role of Two New Genes Potentially involved in Lipid Metabolism”

Ashley Abing
St Lucy’s Priory High School, Glendora, CA
Mentors: Y. Liu, M. Li, Beckman Research Institute
“Topoisomerase I Sumo-Inhibiting Compounds in Sensitizing Cells to Camptothecin”

Makena Low currently student at Stanford University, Palo Alto,CA
Marina High School, Huntington Beach, CA
Mentor: J.V. Patterson, Department of Psychiary, University of California, Irvine
“Discerning Psychiatric Subtypes with Blink Rates, Sensory Gating, and Symptoms"

Jinwoo Park
University of California Los Angeles Community School
Mentor: D. Whiteson, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine
“Examining a New Method for the Discovery of Hypothetical Exotic Particles”


5/30/16 - Benjamin Liu, 2015-16 SCAS RTP student placed 1st in the category of Applied Mechanics and Structures at the California State Science Fair last week. His project titled, "An Integrated Lab -On-A-Chip Device Incorporating Novel Micropumps, Microvalves, and An Acoustic Micromixer For Disease Diagnostics", was funded by the SCAS Research Training Program. Ben is in the 9th grade at Arcadia High School, Arcadia, CA and is in his second year in the RTP. His mentor is his father, Dr. Robin Liu of RD Bio Sciences, Inc.

The California State Science Fair link:
CSSF Category Awards: 2016, Senior Applied Mechanics & Structures

2/12-16/14 - Seven high school students from our Junior Academy of Sciences participated in the American Junior Academy of Science annual meeting in Chicago with the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. Our students gave both oral and poster presentations. The students were chaperoned by Mrs. Grace Wei.

The following are the students we sent to the meeting:

Jason Li, Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights.
"MicroRNA-29 Negatively Regulates Expression of Oncogene TET2"

Dahlia Pham, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School,
“Determining and Profiling the Prevalence of Antibiotics-Resistant Bacteria in the Ballona Wetlands”

Aaditya P. Patel, Damien High school.
"The Effects of Diethylstilbestrol on the Maturation and Differentiation of C57 BL/6 Mice Thymocytes in the Recovery Culture"

Kathie Tang, Glen A. Wilson High School.
"Using Budding Yeast to Study the Genetic Control of Homologous Recombination By The Human RAD52 Gene”

Anissa Lee, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.
“Determining and Profiling the Prevalence of Antibiotics Resistant Bacteria in the Ballona Wetlands”

Alicia Wei, Walnut High School High School.
“Reducing Carbon Footprint through Integration of LED Streetlights”.

Eleanor Frost, Chaminade College Preparatory.
“Increasing Power Output by Reducing the Windmill Blade Tip Vortex”