For Immediate Release:
South Huntington Union Free School District
March 6, 2010 Contact: Steve Bartholomew 631-275-1426
Whitman Students Receive Toshiba ExploraVision Science Awards
The Toshiba–National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) ExploraVision Awards have recently been announced, and 13 Walt Whitman
students comprising 5 teams have been awarded Honorable Mentions in this nationally prestigious competition. All inventions and inno-
vations result from creative thinking and problem solving, and ExploraVision encourages students to create and explore a vision of future
technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. ExploraVision offers an exciting opportunity to be involved in a
nationally recognized science competition. After more than 2 months in the computer and science labs at Whitman, the following entrants
and projects received the Toshiba awards:
“Silencing Alzheimer's Disease,” represented by sophomores Pablo Palacios and Kimberly Shen, focused on genetic research and looked
for ways to silence the gene that is responsible for the overproduction of amyloid plaques, which are one of the two brain abnormalities
that define Alzheimer's disease. “We chose this area for research because Alzheimer’s is very prevalent in today’s population and caus-
es many deaths,” said Pablo.
“Project MIST,” an acronym for Multiple Interface Surveillance Technology, a project by Christopher Emproto and Dillon Kane, used
advanced weaponry to shoot a projectile that, while in flight, captures thermal, high-definition, and night vision images and relays the
information back to a secure site for surveillance analysis.
“AIDS: Preventing Mutation Detector,” by freshmen Kathryn Bellissimo and Crystal Harris, created a vaccine-type product that could be
used to greatly diminish the mutation of the AIDS virus and could either stop the cell mutation completely or slow the process down.
“Temperature Regulating Antifreeze Protein Technology (TRAPT),” by juniors Theodore Goodman and Mohammad Butt and senior Zach
Rotter, used ice-binding antifreeze proteins to counteract cold climate crop growing and greatly extend the growing season. “I spent part
of last summer in an advanced placement science lab at Brookhaven Labs, where I was introduced to this technology,” said Theo. “It has
the potential to greatly increase efficiency in the agricultural realm.”
“Individualized Color Blindness Inversing Treatment (ICIT)” would reverse the common problem of color blindness, which is currently
incurable. Whitman freshmen Amelia Goodman, Victoria Cancel, Kate Mallinson, and Christopher Calamari explored the use of a contact
lens and eye drop combination for this purpose.
“We had eight groups enter the competition this year, and to have five selected by Toshiba as earning Honorable Mentions is an outstand-
ing accomplishment,” said Whitman science teacher Ms. Amy Oldenborg. “These kids went above and beyond on their projects. They are
all winners in my eyes, and I congratulate them on their hard work.”
Principal Polansky added, “The potential scientific value attached to these projects speaks for itself. Furthermore, these students are
adding a tremendous highlight to their body of work at Whitman. These are the kinds of efforts that clearly stand out during the college
Whitman science teacher Amy Oldenborg,
left in photo along with Principal James
Polansky, center back row, congratulate
many of the ExploraVision winners.
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