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Monday, April 21, 2008

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Howard Brooks, professor of Physics at DePauw University (left) recently presented Northview High School sophomores Jessamyn Moore (middle) and Hannah Stewart the Senior Teams division award at the Hoosier State Science and Engineering Fair (SEFI).
INDIANAPOLIS -- AIT Laboratories, the nation's leading forensics laboratory also specializing in pain management, clinical and pharmaceutical testing, was the inaugural sponsor of an Indiana team that will represent the state at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, May 11-17.

Hannah Stewart and Jessamyn Moore, both sophomores from Northview High School, will present their findings on "Planarian Regeneration."

They will be accompanied by their teacher Rachel Sparks and nearly 60 others from the state.

Stewart and Moore recently took top honors in the senior teams division at the Hoosier State Science and Engineering Fair, which was conducted by SEFI (Science Education Foundation of Indiana, Inc.)

"It is a huge honor and shows that our hard work is paying off, and it makes me feel good that our research has weight in the world," Moore said.

"Hopefully, our experiments can be applied to human organs and tissue," Stewart added. "If we could figure out what effects regeneration, what speeds it up and what tissue regenerates first, it could help others discover ways to grow limbs back."

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, which annually attracts more than 1,500 high school students from 40 countries.

"It gives a sense of pride to the entire school that our students can compete at such a high level," Sparks said. "Upcoming jobs are going to be science-based and it is important to give students a basic knowledge of science in school."

While in Atlanta, the students and adults will also meet with Nobel Laureates, Draper Prize winners and Intel Fellows and will participate in cultural exchanges.

AIT Laboratories is headquartered in Indianapolis and is an independent reference laboratory that is a premiere testing and research institution recognized nationwide.

In 2007, AIT was recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the nation and also received Indiana's TechPoint Mira technology award.

For more information about AIT, visit www.aitlabs.com.



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