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ACP recognizes local high school science students
   March 24, 2005


Capital Region high school students recognized

for science excellence at two regional events


            ALBANY, N.Y. (March 24, 2005) – Albany College of Pharmacy is pleased to salute 10 Capital Region high school students who earned recognition for outstanding achievement in the sciences at two events last weekend, Dean Mary H. Andritz, Pharm.D., announced.


            Eight students who participated in the regional Chemistry Olympiad at ACP on Saturday, March 19 achieved scores qualifying them to move on to a national qualifying exam in April.


            Also Saturday, two local high school students received ACP’s Biomedical Sciences Excellence Award for their research projects entered at the 15th annual Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair and Science Congress held at Rensselaer in Troy.


Meaghan Alexandra Figge, a junior at Albany Academy for Girls, was selected for a project entitled “Biochemical Evolution of the Breast Cancer-Inhibiting Protein, BRCA-1, Over Half a Billion Years.” Jessie Klapper, a senior at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, was selected for a project entitled “Experimental Verification of a Rational Prediction Method for Hammerhead Ribozyme Activity.”


ACP’s Biomedical Sciences Excellence Award is presented to individuals demonstrating outstanding achievement in research and the sciences. It is accompanied by an annual $5,000 scholarship to ACP for students in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, valued at a total of $20,000 over the four years of the program.


            The regional Chemistry Olympiad is an annual event sponsored by the Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Local qualifiers have an opportunity to become members of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team that will compete in the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO).


The eight Eastern New York Section nominees this year are:


·         Vidhya Aroumogane                    Bethlehem High School

·         Eric Braunstein                             Bethlehem High School

·         Daniel Hurwit                               Guilderland High School

·         Brian Tomasik                               Guilderland High School

·         Clark Whitney                               Niskayuna High School

·         Jessica Zurlo                                  Stillwater High School

·         Ashley Gilman                              Stillwater High School

·         Dennis Kirker                                Watervliet High School


Seth Saltiel (Bethlehem High School) also scored high enough on the preliminary exam to be nominated, but was ineligible due to rules preventing more than two students from a single high school competing in the national competition.


The eight area students are among nearly 1,000 nationwide who will take the national qualifying exam on April 16. ACP once again will be a regional site for this stage of the competition. From those scores, 20 students will be identified and will undergo intensive training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in June. The top four will be chosen to represent the United States in the International Chemistry Olympiad competition this July in Taipei, Taiwan.


The IChO involves a series of theoretical exams, laboratory exercises and other activities aimed at identifying the best chemistry students from participating nations. This is the 22nd year of U.S. participation.


Founded in 1876 and chartered by Congress, the American Chemical Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of chemistry in the public interest. The Eastern New York Section is one of 189 across the nation serving the society’s 163,000 members.


Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy is the oldest pharmacy school in New York state and one of the only private, independent pharmacy schools in the United States. The college has a long history of serving its students and health care professionals as one of the premier pharmacy colleges in the nation. The college now enters a new era in health care with a focus not only on pharmacy, but also on pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical technology and research.

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