The day began with poster presentations from 9:00-11:00, where ISSF participants presented posters depicting their research to judges and fellow students, teachers, and other guests. Below are just a few of the many fascinating and innovative projects.
Juan Alberto Padilla
“My project is studying the effect of oxytocin (the love hormone) in rats that are addicted to cocaine and suffering from abstinence syndrome, which has very severe symptoms including depression and anxiety. We found that oxytocin does have calming effects on high levels of anxiety.”
United States of America
“My project is on the effect of hyperthermia on liver cell viability. The procedure was carried out on both kidney cells and zebrafish. I concluded that the hyperthermia treatment will not damage non-cancerous cells, but more testing must be undergone to further confirm those results. We had actually planned to do so, but our liver cells were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. That was definitely a lesson in adaptability, but we managed to work everything out in the end.”
Demid Osipov and Daniil Moshnikov
“Our project is about the mechanism used for spectral tuning of rhodopsins (a protein in the eye) in order to shift radiation towards infrared (IR). During evolution, the proteins in our eyes changed, which is what we studied. We discovered an important property, which is that the distance between two spatial molecules determines the visual range.”
“My project is synthesizing a new drug using lipopeptides. We found that they are effective against bacteria and therefore excellent drug candidates.”
“My project tries to determine which De-Icer had the least environmental impact while also being the most efficient at melting ice. I concluded that molasses was overall the best De-Icer.”
Tuguldur Turbaatar and Tuguldur Battulga
“Our project researches the usage of fat from the dock (tail) of a sheep in modern medicine, an animal very prevalent in Mongolia. We determined that the fat can be used for the manufacture of various medicines and can also be used in the food and cosmetic industries.”
After poster sessions and a quick lunch, we boarded buses to visit different museums around the Chicagoland area, specifically Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Afterward, we all enjoyed a tour of the beautiful University of Chicago, along with a model class, Potbelly’s dinner, and an admissions panel with representatives from Loyola University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Loyola University.
Today was exhausting yet invigorating, and we look forward to more busy days filled with interesting activities!