Seven Utah 11th- and 12th-graders will compete in prestigious national science contests after being named the state's winners in the 1989 Utah Talent Search.
The search was conducted by the Utah Office of Education under the auspices of Gov. Norm Bangerter, who wants to encourage more Utah youths to excel in science.Student projects were evaluated by a team of judges including Thomas Farley, Utah State University chemist; Sid Rudolph, University of Utah physicist; Kimball Harper, Brigham Young University biologist, and Randy Moon, the governor's science adviser.
In addition, a teacher at Park Elementary School, Richmond, Cache County, has received the CESI-Muriel Green Award for Outstanding New Teachers of Elementary Science. The award presented to Arlene Griffin Larson recognizes outstanding teachers throughout the country who are in their first five years of experience.
Larson has taught at Park for the past four years and now leads a class of third- and fourth-grade students.
The student winners, their projects and the national program or programs in which they will participate are:
Clark Wayne Barrett, Waterford High School, Mathematics and Computer Science Project; 1989 National Youth Science Camp and Department of Energy High School Supercomputers Honors Program.
Julie Ann Maughan, Roy High School, Heat Extraction from the Aerobic Decomposition of Organic Matter; 1989 National Youth Science Camp and Department of Energy High School Honors Program in Ecology at Pacific Northwest Laboratory.
George Mark Scott, Rowland Hall-St. Mark's High School, Automobile Brake Intensity Light Project; Department of Energy High School Honors Research Program at the National Synchrotron Light Source.
Adrian Dan Stanger, Clearfield High School, Analysis of the Geometric Calculus Project; High School Honors Research Program in Particle Physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Michael Ray Ashby, Orem High School, Identifying RFLPs in the Lizard Genus Sedoporus Project; Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory High School Honors Program Life Sciences.
Daniel Ririe, Provo High School, Egg-Laying Capacity of Drosophila Melanogaster Females of P Element Strains Compared with that of an M-Type Strain Project; Department of Energy High School Honors Program in Environmental Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Meredith Smith, Rowland Hall-St. Mark's High School, Isolation and Characterization of Asphaltenes Project; Department of Energy High School Honors Program in Materials Science at Argonne National Laboratory.