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Three Girls Win Google’s Science Fair

Three Girls Win Google’s Science Fair

Google’s first Science Fair was won by three young women. Lauren Hodge’s project studying carcinogen levels in grilled chicken in relation to different sauces was the winner in the 13-14 age group. She won a $25,000 scholarship and internships at Google and Lego. If you are unfamiliar with the general research, two potential carcinogens can be found in grilled meats. Marinating is believed to reduce the quantity of them. The research is clear: marinating meats, in any kind of marinade, even for just a few minutes before grilling or broiling, can reduce HCAs by 90 percent or more. (Source: MIT)

Improving indoor air quality and reducing reliance on medication for asthmatics was the subject of study for the winner of the 15-16 age group, Naomi Shah. Asthma in the U.S. is increasing, with 4.3 million cases since 2001. Like Hodge, Shah also won $25,000 scholarship and internships at Google and Lego.  The grand prize winner, and winner of the 17-18 age group, studied a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for those patients with a resistance to some chemotherapy drugs. Ovarian cancer kills just under 14,000 women per year in America. (In Britain over 4,000 women die from it every year.) Shree Bose won a $50,000 scholarship, trip to the Galapagos, and internships at Lego and Google.

A Google official said, “They examined complex problems and found both simple solutions that can be implemented by the general public — like changing your cooking habits or removing toxins from your home — as well as more complex solutions that can be addressed in labs by doctors and researchers, such as Shree’s groundbreaking discovery, which could have wider implications for cancer research.” (Source: LATimes.com)

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6:27AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

I find it encouraging that young people find solutions to problems like this, good for them!!!!

9:19AM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

How freaking cool; perhaps our new generation isn't too far behind afterall!

6:04PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Wonderful news - congratulations to all three winners!

8:49AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

good to know

6:04AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Recently a friend told me that men are smarter than women. This was coming from a woman that would be considered smart, but had been taught that woman don't excel in science and shouldn't be involved in politics because men were better at it. She is 30, has accomplished plenty herself, and is not from the States, so it might have been a cultural belief. Considering people all around the world read these articles. I think it is important to point out that 3 women/girls won a science fair. Thank you for the article.

5:16AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Congratulations to them

12:39AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Congratulations

12:50PM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Kudos to them!!!! Thanks for the article

6:40AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Congratulations to them.

4:15AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

I congratulate them and am happy for them, but if we treat it like its a big deal everytime a girl wins something, well...the world will start thinking it is :/
It isnt, not because girls dont matter, but if we really want equality, then lets start focusing less on the gender and more on the deed or achievement.

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