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Gunn student, teammate, share $10K science prize

Original post made on Dec 4, 2012

A Gunn High School sophomore and her science-project teammate won $10,000 over the weekend in the Washington, D.C. finals of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 9:46 AM

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Posted by Admirer
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

Fantastic, well done.

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Posted by Liebschen
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I am deeply interested to know why a German company would sponsor a competition in American public schools.

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Posted by Here's why
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Here's why (from the wikipedia page about the competition) -Web Link

I guess they thought it was good brand building and wanted to continue the Westinghouse tradition...

After Siemens AG purchased Westinghouse Electric Corporation's power generation unit in 1997, it was under the impression that the prestigious Westinghouse Science Talent Search (now the Intel Science Talent Search) would be theirs as well. When they discovered this was not the case and they ultimately lost the bidding to Intel, Siemens decided to create the Siemens Foundation to continue the tradition using the well-known Westinghouse name, calling the new competition the Siemens Westinghouse Competition (SWC) and, later, the Siemens Competition.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 5, 2012 at 7:24 am

Congrats, what was their project about?

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Posted by neighbor Menlo Park
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I read this paper. Same field. Same topic.

I wonder if this is her dad?

Crystal structure of TM1367 from Thermotoga maritima at 1.90 A resolution reveals an atypical member of the cyclophilin (peptidylprolyl isomerase) fold
Kevin Kai Jin
The Joint Center for Structural Genomics, Menlo Park, California, USA
Proteins 63:1112-8. 2006

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Posted by terry
a resident of Meadow Park
on Dec 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm

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Posted by friend
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm

and there is this man who worked also at the Stanford Linear Accelorator when Kevin K. Jin. D.-A. Luh. was there.

Wonder if they know each other? of maybe they helped out?

December 2006
Enhancement of Spin-Polarized Electron Emission from StrainCompensatedAlInGaAs-GaAsP Superlattices

J.S. Roberts
Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin St,
Sheffield, S1 3JD , UK
Yu.P. Yashin, Yu. A. Mamaev, L.G.Gerchikov
State Polytechnic University, Politekhnicheskaya str., 29, 195251, St.-Petersburg, Russia
T. Maruyama, D.-A. Luh, J.E. Clendenin
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA

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Posted by researcher
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

There is a K.A Jin who worked at Stanford and at SLAC whose website - public says its mission is to

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.

Now it would be a coincidence if this is not in the same family .And if it is a relative then it does sound as though the dad should get the prize for the original work.

But what sort of signal does this send?

A reporter should have found this out before awarding the prize.

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Posted by terry
a resident of Meadow Park
on Dec 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm

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Posted by resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

wow, no secrets anymore in this community

How about the kids who had to do it themselves?

Thats not fair.

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Posted by w-t
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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Posted by Joy
a resident of Gunn High School
on Apr 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I would like to thank everyone for their congratulations and interest in our project. At the time, I was excited to realize that my partner and I were recognized for our work in this field.

I am here in hopes of clarifying the speculation surrounding a certain Dr. Jin and/or Dr. Luh's involvement in conducting part of our project. My father's name, Michael Jin, is not included in any of the names mentioned above; he is an electrical engineer. If there is need for a reference, his LinkedIn profile can be found here: Web Link.

In further regards to the comments from above, I would like to mention the following:

The phrase "How about the kids who had to do it themselves? Thats not fair" implies, whether intentionally or not, that my work with my partner was either plagiarized or stolen. However, we both sacrificed countless days and weeks over the past year conducting experiments, analyzing data, and designing and presenting our findings.

As I am sure many here are familiar with, this comes from students who are involved in extracurriculars and at the same time trying to juggle schoolwork, SATs, and a social life at the same time. I argue back that it is "not fair" to assume that chance relationships between professors with the same surname as my partner's and my own are automatically linked to us--thousands, if not millions, of individuals exist with identical names.

Though my family has been hugely supportive towards me, they have strictly believed in teaching me to take responsibility for my own labor and actions. I am rather indignant at the implications of some comments, which belittle the work Thomas and I have put into this project out of our own interests in the medical field.

It is my sincere wish that this miscommunication may be resolved now. Thank you.

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

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