Maine State Science Fair winners heading to international event in Los Angeles

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Date: March 26, 2014

Bar Harbor, Maine – Students from Gould Academy, the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and Bangor High School took the top awards at the Maine State Science Fair at Bangor High School in Bangor on March 22.

Demitri Maxim of Gould Academy took first place for his invention, “A diagnostic device for chronic allograft rejection and ovarian cancer,” after winning in the category of Micro, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences. Maxim also won an award from the Office of Naval Research.

The second-place team of Roger VanPeski, Abby Harvey and Andrew Reilley of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics won the Chemistry and Computation category for their project, “The effects of DNA methylation and acetylation on obesity in mice.” The three students participate in an educational outreach program of The Jackson Laboratory’s Center for Genome Dynamics.

Dan O’Brien of Bangor High School took third place for his research, “Analyzing the hemodynamics in the left ventricle through MRI-based complex fluid,” which took second place in the Micro, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences category.

These students and their teacher-mentors will be heading to Los Angeles for the world’s largest science fair, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 11-16.

In all more than three dozen prizes were handed out among the 150 Maine high school students at the Fair, organized by The Jackson Laboratory.

Sponsors of the 2014 Maine State Science Fair were Bank of America, EMHS, The Betterment Fund, Dorr Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, University of Southern Maine, Northeast Institute of Food Technologists, Bowdoin College, Hannaford and WLBZ/WCSH, a Gannett Company.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs a total staff of more than 1,500. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

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Photo caption: Winners of the Maine State Science Fair (from left): Second-place winners Roger VanPeski and Andrew Reilley of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, first-place winner Demitri Maxim of Gould Academy, and third-place winner Dan O’Brien of Bangor High School. Abby Harvey of the MSSF team was not present at the award ceremony. Photo by Jamie Campbell, Fire Chicks Photography courtesy of The Jackson Laboratory.


Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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