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Kudos to Science Fair Winners


UCR Congratulates Winners of the Riverside Schools Science and Engineering Fair

Scientists, Teachers, Parents Applaud Winners Who Advance to Regional Competition

(March 12, 2004)

David Stephens of North High School won several awards for his project with John Issa (not pictured)

David Stephens of North High School won several awards for his project with John Issa (not pictured)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.edu — The University of California, Riverside campus community congratulates the winners of the 16th Annual Riverside Unified School District Science and Engineering Fair, selected on March 10.

Students received awards sponsored by UC Riverside, Riverside Public Utilities, The George and Marta Brown Foundation, and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Additionally, 41 students advanced to the Inland Empire Science and Engineering Fair at the Orange Showgrounds in San Bernardino on April 20 and 21. From there, winners will advance to the state science fair in Los Angeles, May 24 and 25.

UC Riverside faculty and graduate students were among those judging 134 entries from grades 1 to 12. Science and engineering fair projects covered areas such as environmental sciences, biology, behavioral and social sciences, engineering, and entomology. Giving speeches were event sponsor representatives Susan Rainey, superintendent of the Riverside Unified School District; Lou Vanderzyl, RUSD school board member; and from UC Riverside, Steven Angle, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and Satish Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering.

The following students received sponsored awards. They are identified by student name, grade, school and project title.

COLLEGE OF NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES at UC Riverside
Department of Biology


  • Sophia Meneses, grade 5, Magnolia Elementary, Which Apple is More Injured

  • Katie Amrhein, grade 7, Earhart Middle, Sweet California Oranges

  • Hippolyte Goux, grade 10, North High, The Effect of Anthropogenic Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition on Southern California Microbial Forest Flora


Department of Botany and Plant Sciences

  • Allene Finch, grade 7, Earhart Middle, If Life Gives you Lemons, Preserve Apples

  • Patrick Mullens, grade 10, North High, Organic Pest Control: Glucosinolates in Broccoli Control Root Knot Nematodes


Department of Entomology

  • Jenny Park, grade 2, Kennedy Elementary, How Temperature and Light Affect Insect Growth

  • Karl Marrett, grade 5, Magnolia Elementary, How Did the October Wildfire Affect Insects’ Population in the San Bernardino Mountains?

  • James Bishop, grade 10, North High, The Effects of Trimethyxanthine on Drosophila Melanogaster


Department of Environmental Sciences

  • Rebecca Albrechtsen, grade 4, Kennedy Elementary, Germination of Marigold Seeds With and Without Dog Hair

  • Aurora Stuart and Natalie Pecararo, grade 6, Kennedy Elementary, A Comparison Between City Water and Home Filtration Water


Department of Physics

  • Sean Beachler, grade 5, Pachappa Elementary, What Conducts Heat?

  • Darrick Hunting, grade 7, Earhart Middle, Exploring X-Rays



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY

  • Luke Penn-Hall, grade 10, North High, Soil Contamination by Heavy Metals in Glen Avon, California


BOURNS COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING at UC Riverside
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering


  • Katrina Harrison, grade 6, Victoria Elementary, Do the Chemical Parameters in Tap Water Change from Day to Day?


Department of Computer Science

  • Ish Bhanu, grade 9, North High, Face Recognition by Computers



Department of Electrical Engineering

  • John Issa and David Stephens, grade 10, Arlington High, Can a Homemade Railgun be Constructed Inexpensively and Efficiently?


Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Kevin McGiffen, grade 7, Earhart Middle, Investigations into the Art of Hurling: Trebuchet Arm Length/Counterweight Mass



COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES, ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES (Behavioral Sciences Award)
Department of Psychology


  • Nathan LaPré, grade 3, Magnolia Elementary, Do People See Optical Illusions Better As they Grow Older?

  • Quentin Burns, grade 7, Gage Middle, Risk Perception

  • Ish Bhanu, grade 9, North High, Face Recognition by Computers



THE GEORGE AND MARTA BROWN FOUNDATION
Chemistry Kit Recipients


  • Courtney Felix, grade 2, Grant Elementary, It’s All a Matter of Taste

  • Megan Malcuit, grade 7, Earhart Middle, Got Moo-Ving Milk?


Biology Science Kit Recipients

  • Zachary Schmidt, grade 4, Victoria Elementary, Dog-Gone Spots on the Lawn

  • Michael, Askren, grade 8, University Middle, Under What Conditions Does Mold Grow Best?


NASA Awards

  • Alex Shea, grade 6, Jackson Elementary, Does It Matter?

  • Ryan Homme, grade 6, Victoria Elementary, The Force of a Guillotine


Savings Bond Recipients

  • Monica Uppal, grade 7, Earhart Middle, Electromyographic Analysis of Spine Muscles in Children with Backpacks

  • Kelly Goldowski, grade 9, King High, The Effects of pH Change on Liver and Potato Homogenate

  • Zerka Wadood, grade 10, North High, What Are The Effects of Different pH Levels on Rust Growth?

  • Lesley Eyler, grade 12, Poly High, Soil Permeability



RIVERSIDE PUBLIC UTILITIES
Water


  • Matthew Hull, grade 6, Grant Elementary, What is in the Santa Ana River?

  • Joshua Linden, grade 12, Arlington High School, Clean and Clear


Electrical

  • Samuel Russel, grade 4, Pachappa Elementary, Electricity on Ice

  • Justyne Lewallen, grade 10, North High, Electrolysis



The following are recipients of Riverside Unified School District Best in Fair and Second Place awards, given by grade level. Students are identified by name, grade, school and project title.

Best in Fair
Grades K-3

Osten Anderson, grade 2, Victoria Elementary, Yuck, That’s on My Soda Can?

Grades 4-5
Karl Marrett, grade 5, Magnolia Elementary, How Did the October Wildfire Affect Insects’ Population in the San Bernardino Mountains?

Grades6-8
Kevin McGiffen, grade 7, Earhart Middle, Investigations into the Art of Hurling: Trebuchet Arm Length/Counterweight Mass

Grades 9-12
Hippolyte Goux, grade 10, North High, The Effect of Anthropogenic Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition on Southern California Microbial Forest Flora

Engineering Division
John Issa and David Stephens, grade 10, Arlington High, Can a Homemade Railgun be Constructed Inexpensively and Efficiently?

Second Place
Grades K-5

Zachary Schmidt, grade 4, Victoria Elementary, Dog-Gone Spots on The Lawn

Grades 6-8
Alex Shea, grade 6, Jackson Elementary, Does It Matter?

Grades 9-12
Lesley Eyler, grade 12, Poly High, Soil Permeability

The following chart lists students who advanced to the regional science and engineering fair where they will compete against students from the rest of Riverside County, and from San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties. They are identified by name, grade, school and project title.

Students Advancing to Regional Competition

Student Name

Grade

School

Project Title

Karl Marrett

5

Magnolia Elementary

How Did the October Wildfire Affect Insects' Population in the San Bernardino Mountains?

Quentin Burns

7

Gage Middle

Risk Perception

Sophia Menses

5

Magnolia Elementary

Which Apple is More Injured?

Tyler Hunting

4

Kennedy Elementary

NaCl Equals Hot Water

Abigail, Vileneuve

4

Victoria Elementary

Don't Weigh Me Down

Channa Newman

5

Kennedy Elementary

Does the Thickness of a Bubble Solution Affect the Color of a Bubble?

Sean Beachler

5

Pachappa Elementary

What Conducts Heat?

Kevin McGiffen

7

Earhart Middle

Investigations into the Art of Hurling: Trebuchet Arm Length/Counterweight Mass

Pablo Wudka-Robles

6

Victoria Elementary

Acid Rain: Are We All Going to Die?

Lucas Hampton

7

Earhart Middle

Blight of The Third World; The Aborting of Iron in Spinach

Natalie Pecoraro and Aurora Stuart

6

Kennedy Elementary

A Comparison Between City Water and Home Filtration Water

Elizabeth Holloway

7

Earhart Middle

Gravity

Aiden Aceves

8

Gage Middle

From the Moon to the Earth

Vasilios Morikis

8

Gage Middle

Measurement of True Noontime Using The Sun Dial Principle

Katrina Harrison

6

Victoria Elementary

Do the Chemical Parameters in Tap Water Change from Day to Day?

Darrick Hunting

7

Earhart Middle

Exploring X-Rays

Katie Amrhein

7

Earhart Middle

Sweet California Oranges

Allene Finch

7

Earhart Middle

If Life Gives You Lemons, Preserve Apples

Ian Tai

7

Earhart Middle

What Soil Beneath a Foundation Will Hold it up Best?

Farzana Ansari and Anurag Sridharan

11

North High

Got Traction?

James Bishop

10

North High

The Effects of Trimethyxanthine on Drosophila Melanogaster

Steven Amrhein

9

King High

Ascorbic Acid in Orange Juice

Joshua Linden

12

Arlington High

Clean and Clear

Benjamin Hampton

9

King High

Anemia and Chlorosis: Blight of The Third World; The Aborting of Iron in Spinach

Thomas Bytnerowicz

10

North High

The Amount of Calcium Carbonate in Eggshells?

Natalya, Kostandova

10

North High

TLC vs. Spectroscopy:Analysis Techniques of Color Identification in Cosmetics

Luke Penn-Hall

10

North High

Soil Contamination By Heavy Metals in Glen Avon, California

John Issa and David Stephens

10

Arlington High

Can a Homemade Railgun be Constructed Inexpensively and Efficiently?

Chang Wang

10

Poly High

Milk Ejection Burst of OT Neurons Evoked In Brain Slices From Lactating Rats by PGE2

Ish Bhanu

9

North High

Face Recognition by Computers

Jing Pan

9

North High

How Can Genetic Engineering Be Used to Make Bacteria Become Resistant to a Specific Antibiotic?

Ariane Tom

9

North High

Does a Plant Carry Bacteria on It's Leaves To Protect Itself From Fungi Found in Air?

Hippolyte Goux

10

North High

The Effect of Anthropogenic Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition on Southern California Microbial Forest Flora

Ray Ramirez

12

North High

Wavelength Controlled Holographic Polarization

Nicole Durbin,

9

North High

Does UV Exposure Affect Chalcone Synthase and Plant Pigments

Elaine Jones

9

North High

Do Aquatic Plants Benefit From the Presence of Fish?

Patrick Mullens

10

North High

Organic Pest Control: Glucosinolates in Broccoli Control Root Knot Nematodes

Mark Perring

9

North High

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