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Young REsearchers present work at conference

Ten RE students and two RE alumni presented original research at the virtual 2021 Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium at the University of Florida in early March. The students – members of the Young REsearchers Program – defended four posters detailing novel projects, all of which relied on data from the portable laser that arrived to Ransom Everglades in the summer of 2019 from the Frost Museum of Science.
The students' posters:
  1. "Dangerous levels of heavy metals in blacktip sharks of Biscayne Bay." Kerryn Xu '22, Verena Gonzalez '22, Dhilani Premaratne '22 and Hannah Ritter '20
  2. "Toxic levels of mercury, titanium and cadmium in energy drinks." Clara Villalba '22, Victoria Porto '22 and Max Vallone '22
  3. "The effect of the Vietnam war-triggered depression on the metal composition of the 1970 US coins."  Yuhan Liu '21, Isabela Camacho '22, Jonah Bennett '21, Clara Villalba '22 and Isabella Ciocca '20
  4. "A 5-axis positioning system for laser spectroscopy." Max Vallone '22 and Gideon Shaked '22
Faculty mentors included STEM Department faculty Robert DuBard, Dr. Kristine Stump and Dr. Claudia Ochatt. Mentor Dr. Ted Caplow P'25 and Nathalie Manzano, joint developers of the Miami Science Barge and Inventors-in-Residence program at Frost Science, loaned the portable laser to Ransom Everglades for research.
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