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TGen Researchers Lend Expertise as Judges at Intel's International Science Fair

Phoenix, AZ-Fourteen researchers from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) volunteered to be judges at this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest high school science competition.

The fair provided an opportunity for young scientists and inventors to meet and share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete for more than $3 million in awards and scholarships.

TGen's Dr. Yoganand Balagurunathan (left) and Dr. Haiyong Han (right) help judge this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest high school science competition. Over 1,400 students from 41 countries gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, for the fair, which took place May 10-11th. Fourteen TGen scientists participated as judges in the categories of biochemistry, computer science, engineering, medicine and health, microbiology and zoology.

Over 1,400 students from 41 countries gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, for Intel ISEF 2005, which took place May 10-11th. TGen scientists participated as judges in the categories of biochemistry, computer science, engineering, medicine and health, microbiology and zoology.

"I was struck by the incredible abilities of this international assemblage of students," said Dr. Stephen Beckstrom-Sternberg, head of TGen's Computational Biology Research Unit of the Pathogen Genomics Division. He served as one of four judging chairs who oversaw the more than 900 judges. "The future of science is bright in the hands of these capable young minds," adds Beckstrom-Sternberg. Indeed it is. More than 19 percent of finalists have applied to patent their projects.

At the 56th annual fair, finalists had a chance to talk with Nobel Laureates including Douglas Osheroff and Norman Ramsey, who are Nobel Laureates in Physics, Dudley Herschbach, winner of a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Joseph Murray, winner of a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Grand awards judges from TGen included:
Dr. Yoganand Balagurunathan
Christian Beaudry
Dr. Heather Cunliffe
Dr. Haiyong Han
Dr. Anna Joy
Ruben Munoz
Dr. Candice Nulsen
John Pearson
Dr. Eric Reiman
Dr. Vijayalakshmi Shanmugam
Dr. Phillip Stafford
Dr. Darin Taverna
Dr. Nhan Tran

About TGen
The mission of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is to make and translate genomic discoveries into advances in human health. Translational genomics research is a relatively new field employing innovative advances arising from the Human Genome Project and applying them to the development of diagnostics, prognostics and therapies for cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other complex diseases. TGen is focused on personalized medicine and plans to accomplish its goals through robust and disease-focused research programs and its state-of-the-art bioinformatics and computational biology facilities.
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