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Stories by Laura Vanderkam

Michael First: Computing Chemistry, Then Psychiatry

Writing a computer program made him a 1974 Westinghouse finalist. Now he practices psychiatry, using data to drive diagnoses--including that of an accused September 11, 2001, attack planner

June 15, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam

Helen Wiersma: Fighting Weeds--And Mental Illness

A 2000 Intel Science Talent Search finalist's interest in science was sparked on her family's cattle ranch. Now she's studying for a PhD in biochemistry while managing bipolar disorder

June 8, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam

Joseph Demer: In Plane Sight

A 1973 Westinghouse finalist built a moon launcher, but today he operates closer to the ground as an eye surgeon--and he flies his own plane

April 2, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam

An Intel finalist finds a way to build better bridges

WASHINGTON, D.C.—It’s no secret that many of America’s bridges are in sad shape. One of the reasons is the corrosion of the steel rebar used to strengthen concrete structures.

March 11, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam

Intel finalist tackles the cellulosic ethanol problem

WASHINGTON, D.C.—When gas prices were sky high, lots of people talked about ethanol as a fuel of the future. In particular, many investors placed their hopes in cellulosic ethanol.

March 9, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam

Parents, don't tell your kids about your wild drinking days, says Intel finalist

WASHINGTON, D.C.—If you drank as a teenager, do not tell your kids about it. That’s the lesson from Chelsea Lynn Jurman’s study of teen drinking behavior—the only social science project among the 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search going through the final judging rounds here this week.

March 9, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam