Hot chicks win Nerdageddon

Three young women won the grand prize at Nerdageddon, aka the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta. Shelbinator has a photo. Nearly half the entrants were female.

Natalie Saranga Omattage of Cleveland, Miss., won for developing a quick and efficient method to screen food for additives and contaminants. Her biosensors were based on the quartz crystal microbalance, which involves instruments that are portable, relatively inexpensive and easy to use.

Sana Raoof of Muttontown, N.Y., won for her research into the Alexander-Conway polynomial invariant for chord diagrams, work that sheds light on a branch of mathematics known as knot theory. Her research could help resolve biochemical problems, such as identifying tangled DNA and figuring out how proteins fold themselves into their precise shapes.

Yi-Han Su of Taipei, Taiwan, won for a study demonstrating efficient generation of hydrogen from methanol. She created a copper-zinc-aluminum-based catalyst that had a high surface area and low reduction temperature and got more hydrogen from methanol than do current conversion methods.

In addition to winning scholarships, first and second place winners’ names will be submitted to the International Astronomical Union for naming rights of a near-Earth asteroid.

Science Woman, Geek Dad, Bruce McQuain and EcoGeek blogged on the exhibits.

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  1. I was almost shocked by how many young women were in this competition and — dare I say it and sound terribly pervy — rather attractive young women at that. (I’m just sayin’!) Yeah okay, a lot of the young gentlemen were rather handsome, too. Any casual observer who might have attended on Thursday would have had their preconceived stereotypes both of girls in science AND of the ridiculous demeanor of nerds simultaneously shattered. I would really love to see coverage of these young ladies’ accomplishments spread far and wide in the appropriate sectors of the blogosphere.

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