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Australian High School Students Show The World Possible Cure For Deep Vein Thrombosis At The ‘Olympics’ Of Science

  • 11 May, 2004 12:22

<p>Sydney, Australia, 11 May, 2004 – Find a potential cure of deep vein thrombosis? Help reduce nitrate levels in water? Investigate environmental conditions on Jupiter’s moon, Europa? Australian secondary school students have done exactly this, and will now compete against other next generation of brilliant thinkers from around the world at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) taking place this week in Portland, Oregon USA.</p>
<p>Cousins Simeon and Marcus Cannon of Redeemer Baptist School in Sydney used ultrasound imaging to measure blood flow reduction in leg veins for their research on the effects of prolonged sitting while travelling, which can lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The students found that a traveller's blood flow can reduce by up to 80 per cent if they fall asleep or are inactive.</p>
<p>As a potential cure for DVT, the boys constructed a working model that helps travellers to perform exercises which improve blood flow and reduce the risk of developing DVT.</p>
<p>Simeon and Marcus won the 2004 NSW Intel Young Scientist awards, a precursor to ISEF, with their project. The awards held annually are organised by the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW.</p>
<p>According to Ludmila Fedorovitch, Education Program Manager, Intel Australia, “ISEF gives students the opportunity to expand their burgeoning science, technology and engineering talent and is an arena for communicating thoughts and ideas with other aspiring scientists.”</p>
<p>Also representing Australia at ISEF is Andrew Stewart from Karabar Distance Education Centre, for his second time and Simon Chiu from Sydney Technical High. Andrew’s project investigated the use of the plant Carex appressa in reducing nitrates in water ways. His research concluded that the plant’s ability to remove the nitrates enables artificial wetlands to be up to five times more efficient in their waste treatment.</p>
<p>Simon investigated the chemical composition of double salt crystals that can be found on Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Simon's conclusion that double salt crystals are affected by the surrounding temperature and solution concentrations has assisted in analysing environmental conditions on Europa.</p>
<p>“The Intel ISEF is more than a science competition -- it’s an investment in the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said Wendy Hawkins, director of education at Intel. “It’s a privilege to be involved with this talented group of young people and to support their interest in science and technology, which we hope will lead them to further explore ideas that may someday change the world.”</p>
<p>Intel ISEF Background</p>
<p>The International Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Intel since 1997, is the world’s largest pre-college science competition showcasing the world’s most promising young scientists and inventors. The Portland event, which runs from May 10-14, 2004, will bring together more than 1,300 young scientists in grades nine through 12 from approximately 40 countries to share ideas and compete for more than US$3 million in awards and scholarships.</p>
<p>The student finalists who will compete this year in Portland emerged from a worldwide field of several million science fair participants during the past academic year. These finalists went on to compete with over 65,000 students at more than 500 regional Intel ISEF-affiliated science fairs around the world to win the right to compete at the Intel ISEF.</p>
<p>The finalists will compete for a wide range of awards, including:</p>
<p>- Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award: The top three finalists each receive a $50,000 scholarship.</p>
<p>- Seaborg Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) Award: Three individual Best of Category winners will be selected to attend the SIYSS during the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in December.</p>
<p>- Grand Awards: Grand Awards are presented in 14 categories, including the team category. The awards presented include: $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second, $1,000 for third and $500 for fourth. In addition, $5,000 and an Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology-based notebook computer are presented to the 14 Best of Category winners.</p>
<p>- Intel Foundation Achievement Awards: Selected by a panel of Intel judges, the Achievement Awards are given for outstanding work in any field. The awards are $5,000 each.</p>
<p>Intel’s sponsorship of the Intel ISEF is part of the Intel® Innovation in Education initiative, a sustained commitment – in collaboration with educators and government leaders worldwide – to help today’s students prepare for the demands of tomorrow. Intel is focused on helping to integrate technology effectively into the education process and to help improve science, mathematics, engineering and technology education.</p>
<p>About Intel</p>
<p>Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at</p>
<p>- ENDS -</p>
<p>For more information contact:</p>
<p>Daniel Anderson
Intel Australia
Tel: (02) 9937 5886
Mob: 0418 686 775
<p>Tracy Monkman or Debbie Sassine
Spectrum Communications
Tel: (02) 9954 3299
Email: or</p>
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