High School Science Stars Recognized


Two exceptional students at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School have been recognized for their accomplishments in the field of science, under the guidance of science research teacher Diana Soehl.
Student Daniela Plunkett was recently recognized by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for her accepted science proposal to be completed using the National Synchrotron Light Source, a national user research facility. Daniela’s research project will explore how biofilms from bacteria, algae, and fungi might be used to clean up toxic levels of copper in fresh water. To conduct her experiments, Daniela will be able to use BNL’s micrometer-sized x-ray beams. According to BNL, Daniela’s project was chosen for inclusion by an “international review panel consisting of scientists and educational program coordinators by other synchrotron facilities.”
In addition to Daniela’s accomplishment, fellow student Lauren Fried has been selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in June 2011. During the 10-day program, Lauren will engage on hands-on curriculum projects that explore the medical field, including clinical and research visits. She will learn about the variety of medical specialties, what it is like to work in the field, and learn firsthand from the area’s top medical professionals.
Congratulations to both Daniela and Lauren for their outstanding accomplishments!