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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Intel honors six Calhoun students
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Scott Brinton/Herald
In all, eight Calhoun High School students were recently honored in the Intel Science Talent Search and the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. They are, top row, second from left, Christian Tucci, Joshua Fisher, Tim Leimbach, Tasfiqual Chowdhury; bottom row, second from left, Brigid Maloney, Preetha Phillips, Emma McNamara and Jocelyn Yu. They were joined by their Authentic Science Research Program advisers, Jennifer Pefanis, top left, Nick Pappas, top right and Kim Lascarides, lower left.

Yu’s research, conducted at Stony Brook University, looked at whether there is a change in the bacteria composition of the gastrointestinal tract before the formation of colon cancer, and she found that bacteria in the gut do indeed change before the onset of colon cancer.

Yu is co-secretary general of Calhoun’s Model United Nations club and the site-based committee, which looks at issues at Calhoun and comprises administrators, teachers, parents and students. She is also vice president of the National Honor Society, and a member of the math, science and Spanish honor societies, as well as the science club.

Yu said she hopes to attend Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, NYU or Stony Brook University and become a dermatologist.

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