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Archives for May, 2008

Hahahah, I foolishly thought that, when summer officially started, my life would settle down. Hohoho, so why don’t I try to complicate things by, oh, I don’t know, how about moving, and putting our house on the market? So here are some updates that give a somewhat authentic snapshot of what I’m doing right now,…

Sana Raoof, left, 17, of Muttontown, N.Y., Yi-Han Su, 17, center, of Chinese Taipei and Natalie Saranga Omattage, right, 17, of Cleveland, Miss., pose after receiving top honors at the 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, Friday, May 16, 2008. Yesterday, Yi-Han Su was named one of three winners of the Intel…

Breaking news….they’ve just announced the grand award winners at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. And I’m absolutely thrilled to tears to announce that the top three prize winners are all girls! One more nail in the coffin for those who say that girls can’t do science, math, and engineering. Go below the fold…

As I write this, the special awards ceremony for ISEF 2008 is wrapping up. Tonight, awards are being given by professional organizations, corporations, colleges and universities, and branches of government. Almost all of the major professional societies are represented, from the American Meteorological Society to the Vacuum Technology Division of the American Vacuum Society. (Each…

ISEF 2008: Why we judge

What would possess someone to take two days off of work, drive or fly to the competition city, read thirty or more posters, interview fourteen science students, and then lock themselves in a room until the winners are determined, all for no pay other than food? As the judging day winds down (I’m writing this…

More selections from projects I’m seeing at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

I’m going to be busy judging all day long, so I’ve scheduled some posts to show you the sort of projects I’ll be looking at today. Actually, I’ll only be judging -ology projects, but I’ll leave you to decide which ones those are.

ISEF 2008: Full disclosure

I didn’t sleep very well last night, and I’m going to pretend that was solely because I was bothered by not being 100% honest with my readers…so here goes. Why am I judging at ISEF? And why am I giving it so much coverage on blog? Second things first, Intel is picking up the tab…

ISEF 2008: Day 1 by the numbers

Miles walked: At least 5. The Georgia World Congress Center is huge! Random “it’s a small world” connections made: 2 Not-entirely-unexpected reunions encountered: 3 Ounces pumped and dumped: 7 (so far) Freakouts had: None since the airport. Times I’ve called home: None.(I don’t want to risk waking a sleeping baby. I’ll call tomorrow morning.) Time…

ISEF 2008: Nobel Laureates Panel

A cool feature of ISEF is the science star power. This afternoon the judges were treated to a panel full of science luminaries: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Robert Curl, Rich Roberts, Dudley Herschbach, H. Robert Horvitz, and Leon Lederman. I walked in a few minutes late, so I didn’t catch the introductions, but the moderators voice…