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Lisa Schwartz, a junior at Roslyn High School, has won first place in the state competition and second place at the national level in the 10th annual National Peace Essay Contest sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. She will receive college scholarships from both awards.
COLD SPRING HARBOR COMMUNITY INNOVATION. Former eighth-graders Chris Kane, David Kuppersmith, Brian Mohr and James Schoen, from Cold Spring Harbor High School, under the direction of science teachers Jim Frank and Laura Lewin, were named finalists in the 1996-97 Bayer / NSF Award for Community Innovation. The program challenges students (grades six through eight) nationwide to identify a community problem, anything from homelessness to safety to the environment, and find a solution for the problem by using the scientific process.
Now in its second year, the Bayer / NSF Award for Community Innovation, sponsored by the Bayer Corp., the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and Discover magazine, is accepting entries for the 1997-98 academic year. Written proposals outlining a community problem including observations, hypothesis, research and solution must be submitted by Jan. 31, 1998. There is no entry fee. For more information, call Anne Schmitt at 412-281-2345. GREAT NECK YOUNG INVENTOR FINALIST. Alexander Wissner-Gross, a junior at Great Neck South High School, has been named a finalist in the National Young Inventors and Creators Program competition. A genetic algorithm to evolve efficient cellular automata-based computation was his entry in the computer program category. Alexander's school sponsor is science teacher Richard Soviero.