Thursday, April 15, 2010
ISRAEL'S 2010 YOUNG SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR
Competing against 59 of Israel's top teenage scientists who presented 40 projects at Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum, Leo Baeck High School student Adi Friedman was awarded First Prize in the annual Intel-Israel Young Scientists Competition for her technique for replacing eroded spinal discs by injecting a hydro gel polymer. Adi's inspiration to develop a non-surgical technique was triggered by her father's severe pain from an eroded spinal disc.
A panel of judges headed by Hebrew University Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund declared Adi the 2010 winner and her prize of a full university scholarship was awarded to her by President Shimon Peres at Beit Hanassi in Jerusalem.
When interviewed about her achievement and the success of her findings, the modest 18 year old spoke of how much she owed to the Technion's Tammy Porat and 2004 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Professor Ciechanover for their guidance and support and to Leo Baeck Education Center headmaster Dani Fesler, a leader in gender-equality in education and an inspiration to all his students to reach for the sky.
Adi will now be representing Israel in the 2010 Intel International Young Scientists Competition
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