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OUTREACH:NOAA Awards Two Students: 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Published June 2013

NOAA was pleased to present the Taking the Pulse of the Planet special award to two worthy students at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). These two young ladies conducted outstanding and innovative research projects addressing real-world challenges related to NOAA's mission.

Olivia Kay Joslin of Hilton Head Island High School in Hilton Head Island, SC received first prize for her project: The Replacement of Fishmeal with Formulated Sustainable Meals and its Effect on the Growth of Litopenaeus vannamei. Her research demonstrated equivalent growth among shrimp raised on a sustainable, mainly vegetarian food blend and those on the traditional fish-based food meal. Olivia will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship at a NOAA research laboratory. Additionally, she will receive: 1) a $500 monetary award, 2) a certificate signed by Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator and Louisa Koch, Director of NOAA Education, 3) an engraved award plaque, and 4) an All Hazards NOAA weather radio.

Meagan Elizabeth Currie of Greely High School in Cumberland, ME achieved second place for her project: Effects of Environmental Stressors on the Filtration Rates of the Blue Mussel Mytilus edulis. She demonstrated decreased filtration rates under nutritional and chemical stress for this economically important mussel that serves as an indicator of harmful algal blooms. Meagan will receive: 1) a $500 monetary award, 2) a certificate signed by Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator and Louisa Koch, Director of NOAA Education, and 3) a Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World book.

Olivia
First place winner Olivia Joslin shares her research project.

Meagan
Second place winner Meagan Currie tells judges about her research.

We extend our most sincere congratulations to these impressive student scientists. You can learn more about NOAA's support for science fairs at: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/outreach/scifair.html.

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