2011 ISEF Newsletter #1

Hello Science Fair Friends, Sponsors, and Alumni,

The four top high school winners of the Connecticut State Science Fair and the two top winners of the Science Horizons Regional Fair are packing their bags and heading to Los Angeles, California, Saturday, May 8. There, they will compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college competition of science and engineering.
It is a tradition of our Fair to provide newsletters detailing our group’s adventures for our sponsors and friends. The newsletters will be emailed to you in advance of being posted on the fair’s website. A limited number of photos will be attached to the emails but a great many more will be available through the CSF website. There will be approximately five email newsletters, one for each major event.
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  • Sunday- Getting through the Scientific Review Committee and project set-up
  • Monday- Finishing Project Setup, Opening Ceremony and visit to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
  • Tuesday- Clearing Project Violations, Nobel Laureates, Welcoming Party
  • Wednesday- Judging and Student/Adult Mixer
  • Thursday- Public Viewing & Special Awards Ceremony
  • Friday- Grand Awards Ceremony

2011 Intel ISEF

Get the Finalist Directory (pdf) and judge for yourself. There is much to be learned from even a project title.

2011 Stats: Finalists, 1539; Females, 683 (44%); Males, 856 (56%); Freshman, 159; Sophomores, 270; Juniors, 535; Seniors, 575.
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The CSF Official party

(Click here for students’ abstracts and bios.)

Connecticut State Science Fair’s Students:

  • Yiyuan Hu, Junior, Hamden High School, Hamden “Role of My88 in DNA Damage Response” ISEF Proj. CB008
  • Ryota Ishizuka, Junior, Greenwich High School, Greenwich, “Optimization of a Microbial Fuel Cell Structure to Drive a Bioelectrochemically-Assisted Wastewater Treatment Reactor” ISEF Proj. ET032
  • Amoolya Narayanan, Senior, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury “Anticancer property of major goat milk fatty acids and delineating their mechanisms of action” ISEF Proj. CB009
  • Swathi Krishnan, Senior, Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY, “Development and Characterization of a Novel Listera-Caspase-3 DNA Vaccine to Eradicate Metastatic Breast Cancer” ISEF Proj. ME038
  • Shubhro Saha, Senior, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, “Modeling proton reductioncatalyzed by a novel nickel electrocatalyst with density functional theory” ISEF Proj. CH012

Science Horizons Regional Fair’s Students:

  • Toni Viola, Junior, New Milford High School, New Milford, CT “Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in a Suburban Connecticut High School” ISEF Proj. MI026.
  • Ryan Kerr, Sophomore, Danbury High School, “Biological Control of Ticks to Prevent Lyme Disease Using Entomopathogenic Nematodes” ISEF Proj. AS022

Accompanying Adults:

  • Mrs. Ann Frattalone, ISEF Coordinator, CSF Regular Awards Chair
  • Mr. Bob Harris, CSF Display and Safety Chair
  • Ms. Sonia Beloin, Science Teacher, Hamden High School
  • Mrs. Cammie Harris, CSF Chaperone
  • Mr. Bob Wisner, Fair Director, CT Science Fair
  • Mrs. Sue Wisner, CSF Chaperone

CSF Students at JSHS

49th National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium April 27 – May 1, San Diego.

  • Yiyuan Hu, Junior, Hamden High School, Hamden “Role of My88 in DNA Damage Response” Oral Presentation, Life Sciences (Molecular/Cellular, Genetics)
  • Swathi Krishnan, Senior, Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY, “Development and Characterization of a Novel Listera-Caspase-3 DNA Vaccine to Eradicate Metastatic Breast Cancer” Oral Presentation, Medicine & Health
  • Bonnie Hawkins, Hamden High School, “Protein Engineering of NPP4 into NPP2” Poster Session


The International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project gets underway Wednesday, May 4 in Houston. We will be watching for results. Connecticut has 6 students competing– a record number.
Connecticut Science Fair students competing at this international competition are:

  • Bridget Oei, East Catholic HS, Manchester “Applying the Principles of the Tesla Engine to Design and Construct a Prototype of a Bladeless Wind Turbine”
  • Theresa Oei, East Catholic HS, Manchester “Development of a Composite Clay Polymer Sponge for Remediation of Oil Contaminated Water”
  • Ryota Ishizuka, Greenwich HS “Optimization of a Microbial Fuel Cell Structure to Drive a Bioelectrochemically-Assisted Wastewater Treatment Reactor”
  • Will Hallisey, Greenwich HS “Electrified Nanoscale Archtecture in Mixed Matrix Membranes as a Means of Rapid Throughput Water Sterilization”
  • Yusuf Yimaz and Fadil Sencan, Putnam Science Academy, Putnam ” Using Citrus Fruit Peels as Environmentally Friendly and Low Cost Bio-Sorbents to Effectively Remove Phenol fro Industrial Wastewater”

Bridget and Theresa were selected to compete by winning the eeSmarts/CT Energy Efficiency Fund Future Sustainablity category. Wil Hallisey, Ryota Ishizuka, Yusuf Yimaz, and Fadil Sencan submitted their work directly to I-SWEEEP and were selected to compete. These students certainly exemplify how highly competitive Connecticut students are on the international scene.

On behalf of our Board, Officers, and Executive Committee, thank you for your continuing support of the Connecticut Science Fair. We hope that you enjoy following the week’s activities.

George “Bob” Wisner
Fair Director
Connecticut Science Fair
36 Laurel Wood Drive
Deep River, Connecticut 06417
Home Office: 860-526-9103
Cell: 860-395-8825
FAX: 860-525-4354
2012 Connecticut Science Fair
Quinnipiac University
March 13 – 17, 2012

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