Some good news from Pelham Memorial High School:
The school’s Science Olympiad Team placed third in the regional competition on Feb. 12. The finish earns the team a trip to the state finals in Buffalo, in mid-March.
Team members built a robotic arm capable of picking up pencils, batteries and nails; Yuhui (Harry) Tang won a gold medal by using just organic materials, including cardboard and dog hair to build a container that kept water at 61.8 degrees for 20 minutes.
Overall, the team won medals in 12 events, including four first-place medals in thermodynamics, towers, astronomy and forestry.
Also, eight Pelham High students were recognized by the Westchester and Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Kevin Yang, Juno Pinder, Maggie Moskowitz, Lisa Franks, Sean Yuan, Julia Serafin, Amanda Carew and Rahel Dedhia all earned honors.
Lastly, the aforementioned Lisa Franks will see her name in print as an abstract on research she co-authored was selected for publication in the May, 2012 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The piece was also accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Investigative Dermatology held in May in North Carolina.
The report, “Adenosine Modulation of the Pro-fibrogenic Cytokine IL-13 Occurs via the A2A Adenosine Receptor,” grew out of her work at NYU Medical Center.