Chatham High juniors received recognition for their entries in the Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair held last month.

The science fair took place virtually over several days. Most of the submissions are investigative in nature and try to answer some questions or problems through experimentation and design.

All areas of science, math, and engineering are included. The fair accepts entries from ten counties of northern New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

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The following eleventh graders received awards for their submissions.

Mihir Rao: "BLEPNet: In-Silico B-Cell Epitope Prediction Using Deep Learning"

  • ●  2nd place in the category Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

  • ●  Association for Computing Machinery Award
    Xinyue Fan: "Analysis of the Correlation Between Immunogenomic Phenotype and Patient

    Outcomes in Cervical Cancer"

  • ●  2nd place in the category Biostatistics

  • ●  3rd place - Cancer Research Award
    Stephen Andrews: "Sum Edge Coloring - When is the Problem Efficiently Solvable?"

  • ●  2nd place - Nokia Bell Labs Distinguished Research Award

  • ●  3rd place in the category Mathematics

    Willy Chan: "Breathing Room: Designing Safer Indoor Airflow Solutions to Reduce Transmission of Infectious Agents"

● Naval Science Award

The science fair may be over for this year, but these students have not stopped testing new ideas and solutions. Along with other club members, they are now working on a project aimed at developing a computational model to optimize social distancing in the school building. The project involves analyzing videos of student movements and crowd simulations to determine the optimal dismissal schedule to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission.