For a second year in a row there was a three-way tie for first place at Dr. Ying’s Student Science Competition. Shiv Gaglani, a senior from Brevard County’s West Shore Junior/Senior High School, Richard Zhang, another senior at West Shore, and Daniel Brandenburg, a freshman at Cocoa High School, each were awarded $5,000 and top honors for their exemplary science talent.

Their entries inspired Dr. Nelson Ying so much that instead of splitting the prize money three ways he provided additional funds so each winner took home the same amount of prize money. Richard’s entry explored the structure of the universe, which could help validate current scientific theories as well as lead to advancements in telescopes plus provide answers to questions about the birth and eventual collapse of the universe. Daniel’s project used computer wave simulations and physical models to identify wave patterns that could be used to predict hurricanes and tsunamis.

This year Shiv also became the only participant to ever win the Ying competition three years in a row. His research project isolated genes that could cause neurogenetic disorders like schizophrenia or attention deficit disorder. His findings could ultimately lead to new diagnoses and treatments of these disorders.

This year’s Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science Competition will mark its 12th year in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center when it begins on April 23, 2010 and concludes with the awards ceremony on April 25, 2010.



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