Palo Alto students win Siemens competition prize

Jeffrey Ling and Helen Jiang win an award in team finals in math, science and technology

Two Palo Alto students have won a Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology prize, which is the nation's top science honor for high school students, the foundation announced Dec. 5.

Jeffrey Ling, a Palo Alto High School junior, and Helen Jiang, a junior at Henry M. Gunn High School, were awarded the $10,000 team scholarship at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Six teams and six individuals received awards ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Cassee Cain and Ziyuan Liu of Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, Tenn., took the top team prize for their work using computers and a robotic leg to analyze leg motions while walking. The team's project could help amputees and people with gait problems.

Angela Zhang, a senior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino won the grand individual prize for her biochemistry project, in which she created a microscopic particle with the potential to eradicate cancer stem cells by controlled delivery of a cancer drug to a tumor.

Ling and Jiang won their prize for their project, Novel Diagnostic and Prognostic Utilities Integrating Clinical and Molecular Findings to Manage Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Neonatal Care.

Necrotizing enterocolitis is the most common and serious gastrointestinal disease and leading cause of mortality in premature infants.

Ling is captain of Science Olympiad and a 2011 USA junior Math Olympian winner, He is active in community service , tutoring and helping middle school students with math and science. He plays the piano and enjoys playing Frisbee and badminton.

He first became interested in math in sixth grade, when he discovered "how tricky mathematics is." He wants to become an inventor and "create something interesting and worthwhile that can benefit the lives of everyone in the world," he said.

Jiang wants to become a university professor. When her younger sister was five years old, she broke her arm and had to go to the hospital. While staying there with her sister, Jiang was inspired to find ways to help children born with diseases who are forced to remain hospitalized for a long time.

She is co-president of S.A.G.E. business club, where students promote their own businesses. She plays volleyball, soccer and Frisbee loves to sing and write lyrics.

More than 2,400 students registered for the 2011 competition, an unprecedented number, according to a Siemens press release. The Siemens competition was launched in 1998 and is considered the nation's premier science research competition for high school students.

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Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

Can this have a cover or other FEATURED coverage in the printed Weekly?

The last time I saw an article about such a thing (a Palo Alto kid won an international math competition), it was covered on-line, but merited only a one-sentence blurb in the print version. So, I never found out more about the kid involved or saw a picture of him.

So, can we give them at least as much coverage as the Sacred Heart cross-country runners and the like?

my 2 cents.

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Posted by local parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Congratulations to all of the young people who competed and especially who won these awards. The work is not only impressive, but it's wonderful that it all has such a great capacity to help others.

May this be just the beginning of careers that are fulfilling and make a difference in the world.

We're all proud of you!

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Posted by Gunn
a resident of Gunn High School
on Dec 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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Posted by mmmmMom
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Yes, this wonderful, impressive achievement should be getting more emphatic coverage.

Full front page!

These remarkable students deserve it.

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Posted by JA3+
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

<Full front page!>

+1; agree in full here.

Fantastic accomplishment here; way to go!

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Wow, that's a great accomplishment. I don't even want to think about how it compares to what I was doing when I was that age. Nice going.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

This website of someone with name Jin. He was Stanford Professor.

It not fair if the parent do work. It against rules. My daughter did not win. She did it. This not fair.

This was removed when I posted yesterday Jin K.A.
Research Interests
Key Words: Proteins chemistry; Cancer; Infectious disease; X-ray crystallography; Signaling pathway; Structural genomics, Enzymology.
I am generally interested in understanding the structure, mechanism of action, and enzymology (inhibition) of proteins that lead to infectious disease, inflammation, and cancer. My research projects are multidisciplinary and include structural biology, enzymology, structural genomics, bioinformatics, mutational analysis, high throughput screening, inhibitor design, and structure-activity relationship investigation. Exploring the mechanism of enzyme catalysis to answer those fundamental questions in our textbook is another field of my research. In particular of interest, I have worked on the mechanisms involved in carbon bond cleavage and formation going through Schiff base intermediate, which may provides some novel strategies in protein conjugation for drug development.

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