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FOR KIDS: Young scientists attend State of the Union address

Two winners of national science contests invited to attend Jan. 27 speech

Two talented young scientists sat near Michelle Obama as President Barack Obama spoke to Congress in the State of the Union address on January 27.

The students were Li Boynton, a high school senior from Houston, and Gabriela Farfan, a freshman at Stanford University. Each had placed in one of two national science competitions in 2009 and both were invited by the White House to attend a speech in which Obama emphasized his goal to improve math and science education.

Boynton’s project on glowing bacteria that detect contaminants in water was one of the top three winners in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2009. Farfan’s study of the colors of minerals in Oregon Sunstones earned her tenth place at the Intel Science Talent Search 2009. Both science contests are sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public, which also publishes Science News.

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