Saratoga Student Among 40 U.S. Intel Science Talent Search Finalists

Lynbrook High School student Jack Takahashi is one of five Bay Area students in nationwide group of top contenders.

Saratoga's Jack Takahashi, a student at Lynbrook High School, is among 40 young innovators named a finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2013 competition.

The contest is a program of Society for Science & the Public and the nation's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition.

The Intel Science Talent Search finalists represent the nation's most promising high school seniors, Intel said in a press release.

Finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. in March to compete for $630,000 in awards with the top winner receiving $100,000 from the Intel Foundation, the release stated.

The other four Bay Area students named finalists are Poulomi Bhattacharya, of Cupertino, a student at The Harker School; Kevin Chen, of Fremont, a student at Mission San Jose High School; Sahana Vasudevan, of Palo Alto, a student at Gnyanam Academy and Kelly Zhang, of Orinda, a student at The College Preparatory School.

Takahashi's scientific question is identified by the contest as: "Wnt Independent ß-catenin Activation is Associated With Increased Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation in Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension."

Finalists receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 7-13. There, they will compete for $630,000 in awards provided by the Intel Foundation. Each finalist receives at least $7,500.

Winners will be selected based on rigorous judging sessions and announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 12. The top award is $100,000; the remaining top 10 winners will receive awards totaling $305,000, according to the release.

Sheila Sanchez January 24, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Intel spokesman Greg Fagan just translated Jack's project: "Jack uncovered a previously unknown relationship between a signaling protein, and the changes seen in cells in pulmonary hypertension. His project discipline is medical and health," he said.
Greg Fagan January 24, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Congratulations to all the Bay Area Intel Science Talent Search Finalists! You are the next generation of innovators and will solve the problems of today, tomorrow and beyond.


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