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    Default Moore Student Wins $100k Science Prize -- Why Hasn't This Been in the Paper?

    Found this story on digg.com today and thought it was awesome. I haven't seen this in any of the local media, but then again I haven't been looking.



    Okla. Teen Wins $100,000 Science Prize
    Mar 14 11:42 AM US/Eastern
    By MURRAY EVANS
    Associated Press Writer


    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A 17-year-old girl won a scholarship worth $100,000 for building an inexpensive yet accurate spectrograph that identifies the "fingerprints" of different molecules.

    Mary Masterman, a senior at Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City, was named the winner Tuesday of the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

    More than 1,700 high school seniors across the nation entered the contest, which is in its 66th year.

    Spectrographs, which measure wave lengths, are used in research such as astronomy and medicine and in industry. For example, they can be used as a sensing device to look for explosives or drugs or to help determine how old an art work is through its pigments.

    They can cost as much as $100,000, but Masterman's invention—made of lenses, a laser, aluminum tubing and a camera—cost less than $1,000, Intel said.

    Masterman received the honor from Intel Corp. Chairman Craig Barrett during a banquet Tuesday night in Washington.

    "It was a complete surprise," Masterman said. "I wasn't expecting it."

    The 40 finalists spent the last week in Washington, where they exhibited their projects at the National Institute of Science and met government officials including Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

    Masterman said she has been interested in science "ever since I was little. I can't remember ever not being interested." She credits her parents with encouraging her.

    She said she has not decided where she will attend college but would eventually like to become a physicist or chemist.

    Among the former winners of the competition's top award are six Nobel Laureates, three National Medal of Science winners, 10 MacArthur Foundation Fellows and two Fields Medalists.

    "You're not only dealing with the top young person in the science field in the country in Mary, but you're dealing with 40 finalists who are doing breaking-edge research in total," said Brenda Musilli, Intel's director of education. "It's really something that's hard to imagine, how a young person like Mary could even achieve this level of capability at such a young age."


    Okla. Teen Wins $100,000 Science Prize

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    My editor was really excited about this. He's good friends with the girl. Good for her!
    Still corrupting young minds

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    Default Re: Moore Student Wins $100k Science Prize -- Why Hasn't This Been in the Paper?

    it was in the DOK yesterday I believe. Kudos to this young lady!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dismayed View Post
    Found this story on digg.com today and thought it was awesome. I haven't seen this in any of the local media, but then again I haven't been looking.



    Okla. Teen Wins $100,000 Science Prize
    Mar 14 11:42 AM US/Eastern
    By MURRAY EVANS
    Associated Press Writer


    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A 17-year-old girl won a scholarship worth $100,000 for building an inexpensive yet accurate spectrograph that identifies the "fingerprints" of different molecules.

    Mary Masterman, a senior at Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City, was named the winner Tuesday of the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

    More than 1,700 high school seniors across the nation entered the contest, which is in its 66th year.

    Spectrographs, which measure wave lengths, are used in research such as astronomy and medicine and in industry. For example, they can be used as a sensing device to look for explosives or drugs or to help determine how old an art work is through its pigments.

    They can cost as much as $100,000, but Masterman's invention—made of lenses, a laser, aluminum tubing and a camera—cost less than $1,000, Intel said.

    Masterman received the honor from Intel Corp. Chairman Craig Barrett during a banquet Tuesday night in Washington.

    "It was a complete surprise," Masterman said. "I wasn't expecting it."

    The 40 finalists spent the last week in Washington, where they exhibited their projects at the National Institute of Science and met government officials including Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

    Masterman said she has been interested in science "ever since I was little. I can't remember ever not being interested." She credits her parents with encouraging her.

    She said she has not decided where she will attend college but would eventually like to become a physicist or chemist.

    Among the former winners of the competition's top award are six Nobel Laureates, three National Medal of Science winners, 10 MacArthur Foundation Fellows and two Fields Medalists.

    "You're not only dealing with the top young person in the science field in the country in Mary, but you're dealing with 40 finalists who are doing breaking-edge research in total," said Brenda Musilli, Intel's director of education. "It's really something that's hard to imagine, how a young person like Mary could even achieve this level of capability at such a young age."


    Okla. Teen Wins $100,000 Science Prize
    I vaguely remember this girl being on Ch 9's morning show sometime last week, before the competition began. Ed Murray was the one who interviewed her.

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    Default Re: Moore Student Wins $100k Science Prize -- Why Hasn't This Been in the Paper?

    Yeah I saw it on the local TV news stations as well. It has been covered, you probably just weren't looking. Anyhow its fascinating. bandnerd I'm curious what do you mean your editor? I thought you were a teacher, do you write for the local media as well? Just curious.

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    Yes I saw that this evening on the ABC World News. That is great!

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    It hasn't been in the paper because science is the devil.

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    I teach at Westmoore. I never had her in class, but I do know her. She is a very nice person and more well rounded than one might expect. She is not the most social person, but really has her head on straight.

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