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BOE Recognizes Talented Student-Scientists

Neil Mehta and Animesh Ghose Honored thumbnail187299
R.C. Murphy Science Olympiad Team Honored thumbnail187300
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During its first June Board of Education the district honored several groups of students and staff for success in the area of science.

Both R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas junior high schools’ Science Olympiad teams were celebrated for their achievements and participation in the Eastern Suffolk Regional, New York State and National Science Olympiad Competition.

Additionally, Ward Melville High School students and members of the building’s InSTAR program Neil Mehta and Animesh Ghose were honored for their participation in national science contests earlier this year.

Neil studied a signaling protein that may help treat patients with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. He found the pathway by which this molecule, called Interleukin-22, brings about some of its most important protective effects through his work with Paneth cells found in the lining of the human gut. This information will help better contextualize the numerous Interleukin-22 clinical trials ongoing today. Neil worked with a group at Stony Brook University. He was honored for placing third overall in the category Cell and Molecular Biology at the International Science and Engineering Fair this year. The ISEF competition is attended by thousands of students from over 80 countries worldwide, so this is quite an achievement. Neil will be attending Brown University in the fall.

Animesh analyzed the performance of relatively new kinds of neural network algorithms called graph convolutional networks. The GCN models he made learned to detect the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease based on collected brain data. The first model analyzed a network of patients to determine the resulting diagnosis. The second model analyzed a graph representation of each patient’s brain data to determine the diagnosis. In the end, each of the models showed promising results compared to other machine learning models, and this work will further inform our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. Animesh worked with a group on the Brookhaven National Laboratory campus, and he was honored for being named Scholar at the Regeneron Science Talent Search as one of 300 finalists chosen from tens of thousands of competitors nationwide. Animesh will be studying math and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.

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